In My Sights: The Memoir of a P-40 Ace

In My Sights: The Memoir of a P-40 Ace

In My Sights: The Memoir of a P-40 Ace

In My Sights: The Memoir of a P-40 Ace

Synopsis

In My Sights is the fast-paced and gripping account of the war in the air over Asia and Europe throughout World War Two. It gives a clear and powerful insight into the life and combat experience of an ace fighter pilot.

Excerpt

Winston Churchill termed that terrible time the "Hinge of Fate." The terrible time was the period of World War II, from 7 December 1941 to mid-1942, when the bulk of the armed forces of the Allied nations lay in defeat and ruins. France and Poland were defeated and occupied, Britain had suffered her greatest defeat since medieval times with the loss of 150,000 men. Its air force and the pride of its navy had gone down to defeat at the hands of the enemy. America had suffered her greatest defeat ever, in the loss of 140,000 men in the Philippine islands and the most powerful ships of her navy lay smoldering at Pearl Harbor. Dozens of countries in Europe and the Far East had been conquered, and Japan occupied millions of square miles of territory in the Pacific. Hitler's armies had killed or captured 5,000,000 Russian soldiers and were deep into Russia and the Crimea.

From the Stone Age forward, human beings have been warring on other human beings. Improvement in weapons and techniques has repeatedly turned the tide of battle. Starting from the stick and the stone, the knife, sword, shield, arrow, gunpowder, jet and rocket, all have given a decisive edge to the participants.

Genghis Khan and Alexander the Great exploited the use of the horse. Napoleon excelled with artillery. In modern times it has been the aircraft and the rocket.

America was slow to recognize the potential of aircraft even though she invented it. In World War I she had no modern fighter planes available for service, using British and French fighters. She, shame of shames, refused to provide parachutes for her valiant airmen, who were left with the choice of jumping from their planes or burning to death in the air in case of fire.

Prior to World War II, the fighter plane was being demonstrated to be a decisive factor in battle. In the Spanish Civil War it became a deciding factor.

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