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Завершая выкладывать (имеющееся у меня) публикации о японских ВВС времен Второй мировой войны, предлагаю вниманию заинтересованных читателей англоязычное издание о самолете A6M 0. Выпуск богато иллюстрирован, и даже слабо разбирающиеся в английском языке читатели найдут для себя что-то интересное. Дополнительную пикантность публикации придает то, что автор текста и части иллюстраций - японец.
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Faurot missed his target and his bomb exploded in the water directly ahead of a Zero that was taking off to intercept the P-38s. The Zero struck the huge column of water and crashed. Although the first Lightnings with guns arrived in Brisbane in August 1942, to form the 39th FS of the 35th FG, the 39th was not operational until mid November because most of its P-38F-ls, 30 machines in all, had leaking inter-coolers, missing ammunition feeds, faulty inverters, and poorly-sealed fuel tanks. When all these problems were solved, the 39th moved to Laloki, Port Moresby's 14mile Drome, with Capt George Prentice commanding.
What an air battle! A total of 220 aircraft, of which 145 were fighters! at consisted of flight of four P-38s In trail, scissoring with four other four-plane elements above and around the B-25s when they hit u . an enemy fighter was in a steep dive or spiral, some smoking, to plunge into the Bay of Naples or the adjacent sea. 'Of cour e, we had to drop our two 165gallon pylon tank immediaterly, and it wa 350 miles over water back to home base. Talk about ga rationing and leaning-out. They followed us out to almost 100 miles fro~ Naples.
Flames erupted from its right engine, its right wing tore away, and it crashed into the jungle. Lanphier turned into the Zeros following him, and entered a shallow high-speed climb, out-distancing the enemy fighters. While the remaining Lightnings were busy with additional Zero swarming up from the field at nearby Kahili, Homes and Hine again rescued Barber who was pursuing the second Betty low over the water, raking it with hi guns and cannon, as he him elf wa again bracketed by three Zeros. Holmes carne down with his air speed indicating 425mph and flamed two of the Zero a Hine went after the third.