By Jerry Scutts
Certainly the easiest American fighter of global struggle 2, the North American P-51 Mustang served in huge numbers with the USAAF’s 8th Air strength from past due 1943 till VE Day, and used to be the mount of so much aces in-theatre. Charged with the accountability of escorting large formations of B-17 Flying castle and B-24 Liberator bombers on sunlight raids deep into Germany, the P-51 pilots of a few of the fighter teams in the ’Mighty Eighth’ went nose to nose with the cream of the Luftwaffe’s fighter squadrons for regulate of the skies over the 3rd Reich.
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Seeing 41 (RM) Commando attacking across open ground to landward, they advanced through the sand dunes next the sea to seize a tactically advantageous position on 41's left, from where they kept the defenders' heads down. The battery's final wireless message, timed at 1255hrs, reported the enemy just 110 yards (100m) from the command post. Closely engaged by infantry, the battery fought on until regimental headquarters at Domburg reported its final capture at 1355hrs. The varied times reported may reflect the extended areas fought over, as well as erratic timekeeping.
Covered by this fire, three troops of 41 (RM) Commando were to land from LCI(S)s on the northern shoulder (Red Beach), supported by the Flails and AVREs of the armoured assault teams. Five minutes later, the rest of 41 plus 10 Commando's Belgian and Norwegian Troops would land in amphibians launched from LCTs at the northern end of White Beach, and push north to secure the left flank of the beachhead. Meanwhile, 48 (RM) C o m m a n d o s e m b a r k at Ostend. The tracked vehicle under a tarpaulin (left of centre) is an LVT of 79th A r m o u r e d Division, w h o s e triangular bullhead sign can be seen b e h i n d the left leg of o n e of the crew.
Dawson. The British grip on Vlissingen was unlikely to be shaken off. INFATUATE II: THE LANDING AT WESTKAPELLE Where the Vlissingen landing relied on stealth, that at Westkapelle smashed its way ashore with an overwhelming mass of 182 ships and craft, and 200 amphibious vehicles. Force 'T' had assembled at Ostend on 27 October, vehicles embarked on the 30th, and troops on the 31st. The Support Squadron cleared harbour that afternoon, the remainder following after dark. The passage was calm and uneventful, Westkapelle's lighthouse coming into sight at 0700hrs next morning.
Mustang Aces of the Eighth Air Force by Jerry Scutts