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XyZspineZyX
11-07-2003, 03:34 AM
August of 1942, Holice Hills (spelling?) an American pilot in the RCAF, serving in the RAF, shot down a FW190 in his P51A.

This is according to a DVD I have. Anyone have more information?

http://pic2.picturetrail.com/VOL36/883152/1699348/22841105.jpg

XyZspineZyX
11-07-2003, 03:34 AM
August of 1942, Holice Hills (spelling?) an American pilot in the RCAF, serving in the RAF, shot down a FW190 in his P51A.

This is according to a DVD I have. Anyone have more information?

http://pic2.picturetrail.com/VOL36/883152/1699348/22841105.jpg

XyZspineZyX
11-07-2003, 03:42 AM
This is all I have found so far:


http://www.rcaf.com/aircraft/feature/mustang/p51mustang.shtml

No. 414 "City of Sarnia" or "Imperials" Squadron

Another former Tomahawk squadron based at Odiham, began converting to the Mustang I during July 1942 and was fully operational on this aircraft by September. Under the command of W/C R.F. Begg, units of this squadron also took part in the raid en Dieppe on August 19th. It was during this action that F/0 H.H. Hills, an American in the RCAF, shot down the first enemy air craft for No. 414 Squadron, as well as the first one for the Wing. This aircraft, a Fw 190, was probably the first enemy aircraft shot down by a Mustang any where. Like No. 400 Squadron, this unit also started operations en photographic-reconnaissance duties but soon went en the offensive, taking part in ground strafes, train-busting, shipping reconnaissance and defensive patrols along the south coast. During Decem ber 1942, the squadron joined No. 400 Squadron at Duns fold and here the squadron engaged in air-firing pract ice. In February a detachment was sent to southwest England for operations over the Bay of Biscay. On the night of 13 April 1943, both squadrons began making night raids deep into enemy occupied territory. In June No. 414 Squadron was based in southwest England again and, by the first of July, was back at Dunsfeld, and new was under the command of S/L J.M. Godfrey, who in turn was succeeded by S/L H.P. Peters, DEC, later in July. During November, S/L C.H. "Smoky" Stever, DFC, succeeded Peters in command after Peters had been shot down in action.

XyZspineZyX
11-07-2003, 03:45 AM
OK...just located this:


14 Squadron Mustang MkI Letter re: Fred (Knobby) Clarke



Flying Officer Hollis Hills 414 Squadron RCAF made the first Mustang kill of WWII flying this aircraft. 19th of August 1942 over Dieppe, France, Hollis was attacked by 3 Fw190's and was credited with destroying one Fw190.

This model is the 1/48 scale Accurate Miniatures Mustang MkI. I modified the wing gun positions, before Ultra Cast beat me to it and I added a bit of photo etch material from True Details. The finish is my favourite Polly Scale and the decals are from the kit with a few from my ever trusty spares box.







Letter from Chris Clarke, son of Flt. Lt. Fred (Knobby) Clarke:

I came across your pictures of the Mustang and your comment about Holly's kill.

Holly and my father, Flt. Lt. Fred (Knobby) Clarke, were flying a mission over
Dieppe the day of the raid, and they were attacked by the 3 FW's. One of the FW
190's attacked my Dad and shot him down. As the German pilot was following my
father's aircraft down for the kill Holly came in behind him and saved my
father's life when he shot down the FW - the first Mustang kill.

With Holy overhead, my father then had the dubious distinction of ditching the
Mustang and surviving (something that had not happened and didn't happen again
for a long time after, if ever). The airscoop under the fusilage would catch
the water and pivot the aircraft to vertical, nose down and it would sink before
the pilot had a chance to escape. Dad "pancaked" the burning airplane onto the
water surface, smashed his head, probably on the instrument panel, and woke up
on a destroyer in the Channel. Apparently, a soldier in a landing craft jumped
in to help Dad out of the water. The recently disbanded 414 squadron had an
artist's rendering of the event. I'm not sure where that is. Holly is still
alive and lives in Florida.

Dad continued to fly and was posted to Eindhoven in The Netherlands as the war
ended. My Dad is the last survivor of the original pilots of 414 squadron.
There are about 4 other pilots from the 414 wartime era alive and they met in
Comox this last spring when the squadron was disbanded. Since then, one of the
original CO's, Charlie (Smokey) Stover of Toronto, has died of a stroke.

Regards,

Chris Clarke


http://24.87.76.254:85/Models/WWII_Fighters/mustang_414.htm

XyZspineZyX
11-07-2003, 03:51 AM
Thanks guys!

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XyZspineZyX
11-07-2003, 04:27 AM
That was cool. Good read.


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XyZspineZyX
11-07-2003, 08:38 AM
- In February a detachment was sent to
- southwest England for operations over the Bay of
- Biscay.

Interesting! I never knew that Mustangs flew in the Bay of Biscay battles. Was that to counter the FW-190's that were sent to counter the Mosquito's that were sent to counter the Ju-88's (I could go on...)?

I wonder how big their formations were and if they saw any action?

Cheers.

XyZspineZyX
11-08-2003, 04:08 AM
It may be of interest to you to know that Hollis Hills later transferred to the US Navy and became one of the first Hellcat aces in late 1943.

The Mustang MkI was used primarily as a fast photo-recon and ground attack (rockets and guns) by the RAF until well after D-Day. It was apparently well appreciated by those that flew it in combat, and not just for its speed and range.

"Here's your new Mustangs, boys. You can learn to fly'em on the way to the target. Cheers!" - LCOL Don Blakeslee, CO, 4th FG, March, 1944