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By Mike Spick

Many millions of fighter pilots of many nations--British, American, Australian, Canadian, Polish, and lots of more--flew, fought, and died in Allied plane. a number of turned recognized. approximately 5 percentage of fighter pilots accounted for a few 40 percentage of all air victories, and those have been the aces.

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Regardless of events in France, Fighter Command was far from defeated. And now it was playing at home, in the defensive role for which it had been created. Although the numerically stronger Luftwaffe would retain the initiative, in that it could still choose the time, place, and strength of its attacks, many of the factors which contributed to its earlier successes no longer applied. The British early warning system would to a large degree negate the advantages of surprise and confusion which had been so brilliantly exploited by the Luftwaffe in the French campaign.

Flames burst from its port engine and it yawed, rolled over and went down vertically. There was no time to think—already the Spitfire was taking more hits; another 110 was charging at it head-on. Tuck held on, firing back, then just as it seemed that the two aircraft must collide, he ducked. He never knew whether it passed above or below him, but screwing round, he saw it heading inland, and set off in hot pursuit. A minute or two later, he was within range, about 1,500ft (457m), and once more opened fire.

By contrast, the conventionally-aspirated British fighters of the period were forced to roll inverted before pulling through into a vertical dive, losing valuable seconds before they could follow a Messerschmitt down. However, the advantages were not all on the German side. The heavy framing of the side-opening cockpit canopy gave a poor view 'out of the window', and did not permit of being opened in flight to improve the view, such as was often done in the Hurricane. The Bf 109 was tricky to handle, and unforgiving of pilot error; take-off and landing on the flimsy narrow-track main gear posed particular problems, and resulted in many accidents.

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