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XyZspineZyX
10-13-2003, 02:43 AM
Further to sandbag_69's controversially titled post - Historical Debate: Churchill: Leader or Loser

The USA did not save Britain. Britain had been saved by the time America entered the war thanks to British, Commonwealth and other European nation squadrons.

Only ten American pilots flew with units under RAF Fighter Command between 10 July and 31 October 1940 which qualified them for the Battle of Britain clasp to the 1939-45 British campaign star.

Some of those ten pilots later became members of the three Eagle Squadrons formed between September 1940 and October 1941. The Eagle squadrons operated on convoy escort duties and fighter sweeps over France.

If there was any one saviour of Britain it was New Zealander Air Vice Marshall Sir Keith Park.

Said of him by Lord Tedder - Chief of the Royal Air Force, February 1947:

"If any one man won the Battle of Britain, he did. I do not believe it is realised how much that one man, with his leadership, his calm judgement and his skill, did to save, not only this country, but the world."

See here:

http://www.nzedge.com/heroes/park.html


Regards.

XyZspineZyX
10-13-2003, 02:43 AM
Further to sandbag_69's controversially titled post - Historical Debate: Churchill: Leader or Loser

The USA did not save Britain. Britain had been saved by the time America entered the war thanks to British, Commonwealth and other European nation squadrons.

Only ten American pilots flew with units under RAF Fighter Command between 10 July and 31 October 1940 which qualified them for the Battle of Britain clasp to the 1939-45 British campaign star.

Some of those ten pilots later became members of the three Eagle Squadrons formed between September 1940 and October 1941. The Eagle squadrons operated on convoy escort duties and fighter sweeps over France.

If there was any one saviour of Britain it was New Zealander Air Vice Marshall Sir Keith Park.

Said of him by Lord Tedder - Chief of the Royal Air Force, February 1947:

"If any one man won the Battle of Britain, he did. I do not believe it is realised how much that one man, with his leadership, his calm judgement and his skill, did to save, not only this country, but the world."

See here:

http://www.nzedge.com/heroes/park.html


Regards.

XyZspineZyX
10-13-2003, 04:14 AM
Welcome. Its always nice to welcome a new user with such strong opinions in their first post right off the bat. /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

When you need help with the game just ask, in the meantime continue on with your debates. ~S~



Message Edited on 10/12/0308:22PM by BlackPhenix

XyZspineZyX
10-13-2003, 04:24 AM
Interesting about Mr Park. NZers had the highest numbers in the RAF in BOB aside from the brits. Quite a few would becomes aces, and also sadly many were killed far from home.

XyZspineZyX
10-13-2003, 04:25 AM
What about the russians, they took most of the heat off the west.

XyZspineZyX
10-13-2003, 04:27 AM
The liberty ships bailed Britain, and the convoys saved them from the subs.

But I guess that's off topic here. /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

XyZspineZyX
10-13-2003, 04:27 AM
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btw it wasnt the US only it was polish czechs and the us that helped the british defend itself. without them germans would have most likely succeeded

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