Buffaloes over Singapore: RAF, RAAF, RNZAF and Dutch Brester by Brian Cull, Mark Haselden, Paul Sortehaug

By Brian Cull, Mark Haselden, Paul Sortehaug

The Brewster B-339 Buffalo obtained a lot feedback in the course of its short provider with the RAF, a few justified, a few no longer. a number of the pilots who finally flew it in wrestle have been proud of their mounts, others hated it as an operational fighter.

Rightly thought of less than par for provider within the united kingdom, the majority of the a hundred and seventy plane received by means of the RAF buying fee from the U.S. used to be diverted to be used within the a ways East, the place it used to be believed they might be greater to any jap airplane encountered should still hostilities get away there.

This overview used to be to turn out tragically very fallacious. while warfare did erupt, the japanese military Air strength - with its hugely maneuverable Ki-27 and Ki-43 combatants - and the japanese army Air strength outfitted with the powerful A6M 0, proved tremendously improved in precisely approximately all facets, and lots of of the japanese fighter pilots have been veterans of the conflict opposed to China.

By distinction, the vast majority of the younger British, New Zealand, and Australian pilots who flew the Buffalo on operations in Malaya and at Singapore have been little greater than trainees, and plenty of flew into conflict with simply the fundamental education in their alternate.

Nonetheless, those fledgling fighter pilots completed a lot larger luck than might have been expected, even if many paid with their lives.

This is their tale, entire with appendices and formerly unpublished resource fabric and images.

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