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American aces in the RAF and RCAF in WW2



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All the lists present the following data:
Name and (when known) first name are presented with arbitrary choice for the spelling (russian, german, arab names...).
RANK of the pilot: see the rank page for the meaning of the abbreviations and the equivalence.
According to the pages, COUNTRY, NATION for the nationality or ethnic origin, AIR_SERVICE for the air arm, are provided.
The number of victories represents usually the total of kills (individual plus shared). The shared kills are indicated when known under the form [indiv+shared]. The official score is indicated when different from the total (American and British scores of ww2 for example).
Authors of the SOURCES column are given; report to the bibliography page to find the books, articles, web pages in alphabetical order. The OTHER_SOURCES column presents the divergent scores with sometimes the author of the source.
The DETAIL column shows occasionally the type of kill, balloons, V-1s, ground kills, unconfirmed kills...
The NOTE column exposes different commentaries and for lack of space, abbreviations are used: report to the abbreviation page for their meaning.




Updated: 08/11/2007

Rank First Name Name Ww2 Victories Official Sources Detail Air Service Units Death Note Other Sources
WCdr Lance Cleo 'Wildcat' WADE 25 [23+2] C. Shores RAF 33Sq, 145Sq RAF 12/01/1944 Hurr, Spit, N.Africa, Italia, 41-43. 26; 22+2sh (Olynyk)
Capt Dominic Salvatore 'Don' GENTILE 23 [21+2] 21,83 C.Shores & C.Williams RAF & USAAF 133'Eagle'Sq, 336FS/4FG 28/01/1951 Spit, P-47, P-51B, ETO, 42-44. KIFA. 19,83 (Toliver)
Maj Duane Willard 'Bee' BEESON 18 [17+1] 17,33 F. Olynyk, AFHRA RAF & USAAF 71Sq RAF, 334FS/4FG 13/02/1947 Spitfire, P-47, P-51, ETO, 1943-44. POW. 19,33 (Toliver)
SLdr John Joseph Jr LYNCH 17 [10+7] 13 C.Shores & C.Williams RAF 71'Eagle'Sq, 249Sq 09/03/1956 Spitfire, Malta, Italy, 1942-43. KIFA.
SLdr David Charles 'Foob' FAIRBANKS 14 [13+1] 12,5 Shores & Williams (1 V-1)(1 Ar-234) RCAF & RAF 501Sq, 274Sq, 3sq, 122Wg 28/02/1945 Spit, Tempest ace, ETO, 1944-45. POW. 15
Maj James Buckingham DALGLISH 13 [11+2] 9 R.F.Toliver, AFHRA (3 V-1s) RAF & USAAF 613Sq, 355FS/354FG, 381FS/363FG, 353FS/354FG P-51, P-47, ETO, 1943-45.
Maj Clyde Bennett EAST 13 [11+2] 12 F. Olynyk RCAF & USAAF 414Sq RCAF, 15TRS/10PRG Recce ace, ETO 44-45. Korea, Cuba.
PO Claude III 'Weavy' WEAVER 13 [12+1] 12,5 F.Olynyk, C.Shores RAF & RCAF 185 RAF, 403Sq RCAF 28/01/1944 Malta, Sicily, 1942. France, 1943. KIA. 13,5 (Toliver)
FO Seymour Bernard 'Buck' FELDMAN 12 [9+3] 0 C.Shores (9+3 sh. V-1s) RAF, IDF/AF 54Sq, 3Sq, 274Sq; 101Sq Tempest, 1944. Spitfire, Israel 1948.
LtCol James Averell Jr CLARK 11 [10+1] 10,5 F. Olynyk RAF & USAAF 71'Eagle'Sq, 334FS/4FG, 4FG Spitfire, P-47, P-51, ETO, 1942-44. 11,5 (Toliver)
Maj Fred Wedell 'Freddie' GLOVER 11 [10+1] 10,33 F. Olynyk (+ 12,5 ground) RAF & USAAF 336FS/4FG 07/07/1956 P-51B, P-51D, ETO, 1944. KIFA.
Col Carroll Warren 'Red' MCCOLPIN 11 C.Shores & C.Williams RAF & USAAF 71'Eagle'Sq, 133Sq RAF, 404FG Spitfire ace, Channel 41-42. P-47, 1944. 12, 8 (Olynyk)
FLt George A. 'Lefty' WHITMAN 11 [6+5] 1 C.Shores (5+5sh V-1s) RAF 3Sq 14 V-1s
FO Carl Raymond DAVIS 10 [9+1] 9,5 C.Shores & C.Williams RAF 601Sq 06/09/1940 Hurricane I ace, BoB. KIA. 10,5
FO B. F. 'Bud' MILLER 10 1 C.Shores (9 V-1s) RAF 605Sq, FIU, 501Sq 8 V-1s
FLt Ripley Ogden 'Rip' JONES 9 [7+2] 7,7 C.Shores & C.Williams USN & RAF 611Sq, 126Sq 17/10/1942 Spitfire V ace, Malta, 1942.
SLdr John Harvey 'Crash' CURRY 8 [7+1] 7,33 C.Shores & C.Williams RAF 137Sq, 610Sq, 601Sq, 80Sq Spit ace, Malta, Desert 42, Italy 44. 6,33 (Toliver)
SLdr William James Jr 'Jim' DALEY 8 RAF & USAAF 121Sq, 335FS/4FG, 371FG 10/09/1944 Spitfire, Dunkirk, BoB, Channel 42. 2+1 (Shores)
2ndLt MacArthur Jr POWERS 8 [7+1] 7,25 F. Olynyk RAF & USAAF 145Sq RAF, 314FS/324FG Spitfire, W.Desert 42; P-40, Tunisia 43. 7,5 (Toliver)
Maj Gregory Augustus 'Gus' DAYMOND (BEATY) 7 C.Shores & C.Williams RAF 71(Eagle)Sq Hurricane, Spitfire, Channel, 1941-42.
LtCol William Robert 'Bill' DUNN 7 C.Shores & C.Williams RAF, RCAF & USAAF RAF 71(Eagle)Sq, 130Sq RCAF, 406FG; 4FG CAF Hurricane, Spit, Channel 41. P-47, 44. 6 (Olynyk)
Lt Archibald Allan HARRINGTON 7 C.Shores & C.Williams RCAF 410Sq Mosquito night fighter ace, ETO, 1944.
FLt Clarence Murl JASPER 7 4 C.Shores & Wil. (3 V-1s) RCAF 418Sq RAF Mosquito, ETO, 1944. 6; 5+3 V-1s
FLt Donald Mathew 'Don' PIERI 7 [5+2] 6 C.Shores & C.Williams RCAF 442Sq, 412Sq 03/05/1945 Spitfire ace, ETO 44-45. KIA. 8
Maj Reade Franklin TILLEY 7 C.Shores & C.Williams RAF 121'Eagle'Sq, 601Sq, 126Sq Spitfire V ace, Malta, 1942.
Maj Victor Nicholas 'Vic' CABAS 6 [4+2] 5 F. Olynyk RCAF & USAAF 403Sq RCAF, 4FS/52FG, 494FS/48FBG Spitfire, ETO 42, Tunisia 43, P-47 44-45 3+2 (AFHRA)
Capt Raymond Charles 'Bud' CARE 6 F. Olynyk RAF & USAAF 71(Eagle)Sq, 334FS/4FG P-47, P-51, ETO, 1944-45.
LtCol Oscar Hoffman COEN 6 [2+4] 4 F.Olynyk, C.Shores RAF & USAAF 71(Eagle)Sq RAF, 334FS, 336FS/4FG, 356FG Spitfire, 41-42; P-47, ETO, 43-44. 5+1sh (Toliver)
FLt Charles Emanuel 'Pop' EDINGER 6 C.Shores & C.Williams RCAF 410Sq RCAF Mosquito ace, Normandy, ETO, 1944.
Maj Roy William EVANS 6 F. Olynyk RAF & USAAF 121(Eagle)Sq, 335FS/4FG, 359FG Spit, P-47, P-51, ETO, 1942-44. POW.
Capt Edward Lester 'Eddie' GIMBEL 6 [4+2] 5 C.Shores & C.Williams RCAF USAAF 401Sq, 403Sq, 421Sq RCAF, 336FS/4FG Spit IX ace, Channel 42-43. POW 1945.
Maj Henry Lynde 'Hank' MILLS 6 F. Olynyk RAF & USAAF 72'Eagle'Sq RAF, 334FS/4FG P-47 ace, P-51B, ETO 43-44. POW.
FLt Leslie Albert MOORE 6 [3+3] 4,25 C.Shores & C.Williams RCAF 402Sq, 441Sq 25/03/1945
PO James Neale 'Jim' THORNE 6 [4+2] 4,83 C.Shores & C.Williams RAF 402Sq RCAF, 64Sq, 504Sq, 122Sq 10/09/1944 Spitfire, Mustang, N.France 43-44. KIA.
LtCdr Merriwell William 'Tex' VINEYARD 6 F. Olynyk RCAF & USN 185Sq, VF-2 Spitfire, Malta 42; F6F, Pacific 44.
Capt Richard Lear 'Dixie' ALEXANDER 5 F. Olynyk RAF & USAAF 133Sq RAF, 2FS/52FG Spitfire, Channel 42, Italy 44, P-51.
FLt John Frederick 'Tex' BARRICK 5 C.Shores & C.Williams RCAF 17Sq, 135Sq Hurricane II ace, Burma, 1942.
1stLt Arthur Bernard 'AB' CLEAVELAND 5 F. Olynyk RAF & USAAF 66FS/57FG P-40 ace-in-a-day, Tunisia, 1943.
FLt Robert Monroe DAVENPORT 5 [4+1] 4,2 C.Shores & C.Williams RCAF 401Sq Spitfire IX ace, ETO, 1944.
FLt Arthur Gerald 'Art' DONAHUE 5 W.N. Hess RAF 71'Eagle'Sq, 64Sq, 91Sq, 232Sq, 258Sq 11/09/1942 Spit, Channel 41-42. Hurr, Far East.MIA. 2 (Shores, Olynyk)
LtCol Selden Raymond 'Ray' EDNER 5 C.Shores & C.Williams RAF & USAAF 121(Eagle)Sq RAF, 336FS/4FG 21/01/1949 Hurr, Spit, Channel 1941. Killed Greece.
1stLt Moss K. FLETCHER 5 [4+1] 4,5 F. Olynyk RCAF & USAAF 403Sq RCAF, 4FS/52FG Spitfire, ETO, 1943. 4 (AFHRA)
Lt Hollis Harry 'Holly' HILLS 5 C.Shores & C.Williams RCAF & USN 414Sq RCAF, VF-32 Mustang, Dieppe 42. Hellcat, Pacific 44.
FLt Carl L. JOHNSON 5 [4+1] 4,33 C.Shores & C.Williams RAF 227Sq 23/11/1942
FLt Paul Gilbert JOHNSON 5 C.Shores & C.Williams RCAF 421Sq RAF 18/07/1944 Spitfire IX ace, N.France 43-44. KIA.
Lt James Forrest 'Lou' LUMA 5 C.Shores & C.Williams RCAF 418(N)Sq RCAF Mosquito night ace, France, 1944.
FLt Jackson Barett 'Barry' MAHON 5 C.Shores & C.Williams RAF 121'Eagle'Sq Spitfire ace, Channel, Dieppe 42. POW.
Maj Michael George H.'Wee' MCPHARLIN 5 [1+4] 3 C.Shores & C.Williams RAF, RCAF & USAAF 71'Eagle'Sq, 403Sq, 334FS/4FG 06/06/1944 Spitfire, Channel 42; P-51, ETO 44. MIA. 5,5
FLt James Elvidge PECK 5 [4+1] 4,5 F. Olynyk RAF & USAAF RAF 126Sq, 2FS/52 FG, 394FS/367FG 12/04/1944 Spitfire, Malta 42, N.Africa 43. KIFA. 6 (Toliver)
Capt Vasseure Howe 'Georgia' WYNN 5 [3+2] 3,83 F. Olynyk RAF & USAAF 249Sq, 334FS/4FG; 27FEW Spitfire, Malta 42; P-47, P-51, ETO 44.
SLdr Henry Paul Michael 'Hank' ZARY 5 C.Shores & C.Williams RCAF 421Sq, 403Sq RCAF 11/02/1946 Spitfire IX ace, ETO, 1943-44. 7
Table: American aces in the RAF and RCAF in WW2


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