By Ron MacKay, Don Greer
The twentieth Fighter staff joined the eighth Air strength Command in Dec of '43, flying the P-38 in lengthy diversity bomber escort position. the gang later switched over to the P-51 in July of '44. the gang destroyed a complete of 449 enemy airplane in the course of its strive against travel. Over one hundred fifty images, eight pages of colour, eighty pages
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Mr Simon Partridge, son of Richard, who has been kindness itself. David Ostrowski for tracking down elusive documents. Ray C. Sturtivant, ISO the doyen of researchers, who has patiently tolerated my questions for more years than I care to remember. Tony Collinson, of Blackburns. Jackie Hampson, for getting me to Bodø and back. The Jennie Erwick Collection, Courtesy of Michael Hart who writes: ‘My mother, Jennie Marie Erwick, without whom these pictures would not be possible, lived from 1931 to 1993.
The need for a fully automatic dive-bombing sight had long been apparent, and in Germany1 and Sweden2 development work proceeded apace in the 1930s. However, neither of the other two major navies that had developed aircraft carriers went down this route. 3 The case of the Royal Navy was different, such a dive-bomb sight was thought highly necessary and desirable, but obfuscation on the part of the Air Ministry hampered them at every turn. 4 Representing the Air Ministry were the Chairman, Air Commodore A.
A. Monks, DSM, Royal Navy Major R. T. Partridge, DSO, Royal Marines Mr R. S. Rolph, BEM Mr Ken Sims, DSM Lieutenant Commander David Webb, Royal Navy Mr Roy Stevens, armourer, RAF. Also my thanks to the following very helpful people at the various repositories I visited and consulted: Commander Graham Hobbs, RN, FAA Museum, Yeovilton, Somerset Jerry R. Shore, Records, FAA Museum, Yeovilton, Somerset Ms Debbie Stockford, FAA Museum, Yeovilton, Somerset Mrs Catherine Rounsfell, Assistant Curator, Fleet Air Museum, Yeovilton, Somerset Klas Gjølmesli, Norsk Luftfartmuseum, Bodø Øyvind Lamo, Norsk Luftfartmuseum, Bodø Birger Lansen, Curator Norsk Luftfartmuseum, Bodø (with thanks for their help and hospitality during my stay with them) Mr Hugh Alexandria, The National Archives, Kew, London Caroline Herbert, Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge Mr Thomas B.