The traditional narrative of the Defiant's operational performance has it that after some initial success because German fighter pilots were taken by surprise by its guns being able to fire backwards, the Defiants began to suffer severe losses which quickly saw them withdrawn from the battle and put to use as a nightfighter
(The Russians made up for this by burning down much of the town after they occupied it in January 1945.) The Soviet Information Bureau at this point announced that the mass-production of four-engined bombers had begun some months earlier in 'a series of newly built aircraft plants in the Ural Mountains.' The Luftwaffe were sufficiently concerned to divert nightfighters
from the defence of western Germany; for a few weeks in April and May 1943; even so redoubtable a figure as Heinrich Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, who would be Germany's top-scoring nightfighter
ace by the time of his death in 1944, was stationed at Insterburg.
Badly burned, he was now a sitting duck for the nightfighter
, which returned and opened fire.
The next steps are Streetfighter and Nightfighter
; these courses teach the use of their tools in more realistic environments, usually around vehicles.
Its equipment, military force, and operations as a strategic bomber and nightfighter
as well as transport details all its uses in battle, making for a powerful account recommended for any military collection strong in World War II or equipment history.
Sgt Callan is the last soldier to be traced from the ill-fated Lancaster bomber, which was shot down by a German nightfighter
in the early hours of August 30.
"The first one scored a few hits on us and then a second Nightfighter
delivers 78 lumens (120 lumens in the LED version) from a 4.5-ounce light that measures 4.8 inches.
Yesterday it was announced a Welsh nightfighter
whose crew shot down a record number of World War Two enemy aircraft had died, aged 89.
Army had many nightfighter
squadrons, the Navy and Marine Corps certainly could point to their own successful units.
Andrew Thomas and Warren Thompson's AMERICAN NIGHTFIGHTER
ACES OF WORLD WAR 2 (9781846033063, $22.95) provides an excellent survey of the RAF's role in helping American fighters develop top-notch craft and techniques, considering the various types of fighting craft of World War II.
attacked their bomber, raking it with cannon fire, setting two engines on fire.