By Mike Spick

Many hundreds of thousands of fighter pilots of many nations--British, American, Australian, Canadian, Polish, and lots of more--flew, fought, and died in Allied airplane. a number of turned recognized. approximately 5 percentage of fighter pilots accounted for a few 40 percentage of all air victories, and those have been the aces.

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Royal Navy pilots were already serving with Fighter Command; now light bomber and army co-operation pilots with single-engine experience were also transferred to fighters. The nature of the battle changed on 12 August. Heavy attacks were launched against radar stations on the South Coast. Ventnor was badly damaged, and Dover, Pevensey and Rye were hit. While the last three were all repairable within hours, it seemed that follow-up attacks would soon render them unusable. Fighter Command's vital all-seeing radar eyes were in jeopardy.

The key was surprise, to obtain a relatively easy no-deflection shot by catching the target flying straight and level. Once manoeuvre combat started, the odds against scoring increased immeasurably. Although the low wing-loaded British fighters could out-turn the 109 at all heights, the margin was smaller than is widely realised. The average fighter pilot was a poor shot, and once the deflection angle had opened to more than about five degrees he had little chance of scoring hits. Only a handful of marksmen were consistently successful once a turning fight started.

In the first three months of 1940 he shared in three interceptions of Heinkel He 111s off the north-east coast of Britain. On the third occasion, Carey was one of four pilots of No 43 Squadron which attacked a Heinkel and set it on fire. When it turned back and tried to make the Scottish coast, they escorted it. Carey later commented that he was extremely anxious that the helpless German crew should survive. In April 1940, Carey was commissioned and posted to No 3 Squadron, also with Hurricanes, which was sent to France at the onset of the Blitzkrieg.

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