By Barry Ketley
French pilots continued struggling with either with and opposed to the Allies in the course of international warfare 2. owning obsolescent plane on the outbreak of the conflict, the Armée de l'Air was once decimated within the wake of the Blitzkrieg; even if, a couple of fighter devices nonetheless accomplished creditable rankings flying Curtiss Hawks, Morane MS.406s and Dewoitine D.520s. Following the capitulation of France on the finish of June 1940, many aces endured to fly with the now Vichy French Squadrons that have been stationed in North Africa, and a few those pilots as a result observed motion opposed to their former Allies there. a number of French pilots additionally escaped to Britain, and a handful completed outstanding sucess with the RAF flying Hurricanes, Spitfires and Tempests. In Russia, the formation of the French-manned ‘Normandie-Niemen’ regiment in 1943 additionally observed close to on forty pilots in attaining ace prestige flying Yak opponents at the japanese entrance.
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It also selected 14 destroyers of prewar design for special honors. Smith, Sterett, Maury, Laffey, and Buchanan all received the Presidential Unit Citation for their roles in the Solomons campaign; Hobson was part of a hunter-killer task group in the Atlantic in 1944 that received the same award. Bailey was singled out to receive the Navy Unit Commendation for the torpedo attack at the battle of the Komandorski Islands in 1943; Woolsey, Plunkett, and Hilary P. Jones were also recognized for their performances in the Mediterranean in 1943-44, as were minesweepers Rodman, Emmons, Macomb, and Butler for Okinawa.
These ships lived on, however, in the memories of shipmates, some of whom still held annual reunions 70 years later - and, in the case of some Operation Monstrous veterans who developed a warm relationship with the U-616 survivors they had rescued - their legacy treasured by family members, friends, admirers, and even their former enemies. Enemies no more: destroyers had t h e honor of receiving t h e surrender at several locations. Here in Dunlap's wardroom after t h e surrender of the Bonin Islands, Captain Harold S m i t h , USN discusses additional details with J a p a n e s e Captains Nishiyotsuji a n d S u g i m u r a .
French Aces of World War 2 by Barry Ketley