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Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Aces of the Western Front by John Weal

By John Weal

The Fw a hundred ninety used to be the scourge of Fighter Command from the instant it seemed at the Western entrance at Abbeville in August 1941 with II./JG 26. A nimble, quick and well-armed adversary, the ‘Butcher Bird’ quick proved stronger to all Allied warring parties of the time, really at medium to low altitude. Led via Experten of the calibre of 'Pips' Priller, Heinz Bar and Walter Oesau, the handful of Fw 190-equipped Jagdgeschwader flew opposed to overwhelming odds, to begin with at the Channel coast, after which in direct defence of the Reich whilst the Jagdflieger took at the may perhaps of the USAAF’s 8th and 9th Air Forces. this is often their tale.

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Her No. 3 5in gun has already been removed. Dunlap was Moosbrugger’s flagship at the battle of Vella Gulf. (NHHC 19-N30007) Moosbrugger’s force would launch torpedoes while Simpson’s group prepared to engage with gunfire after the torpedoes struck. The plan was a modified version of Burke’s concepts and represented a radical departure on two accounts. First, it called for the forces to be divided, which violated the age-old principle of concentration of force and in a night action, increased the problems of identification of friendly ships.

A destroyer was also struck by a torpedo and was later scuttled. After this battle, with all three cruisers torpedoed, most American commanders realized that using their cruisers to chase Japanese destroyers in the restricted waters of the Solomons was not the best strategy. From now on, it would be up to the destroyers to carry the burden against the IJN’s destroyers still intent on reinforcing the various Japanese garrisons. lefT Light cruiser Helena firing her 6in battery at the battle of Kula Gulf.

Five single 5in/38 dual-purpose mounts were fitted. For the first time, a quintuple torpedo mount was adopted and fitted on the centerline. With two of these mounts, this class had an impressive broadside of ten torpedoes. In early 1942, it was decided to remove one of the 5in mounts in favor of an increased antiaircraft armament. Of the 24 ships, only four saw action in the Pacific. Of these, two were sunk off Guadalcanal in 1942 and the third in 1943 in the battle of Kolombangara. indd 36 31/07/2012 10:42 The brIsTol Class In 1940, with war looming, the US Navy was compelled to take immediate steps to increase its numbers of destroyers.

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