By Brian Cull, Mark Haselden, Paul Sortehaug
The Brewster B-339 Buffalo bought a lot feedback in the course of its short carrier with the RAF, a few justified, a few no longer. a few of the pilots who ultimately flew it in strive against have been pleased with 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 one hundred seventy airplane obtained by way of the RAF procuring fee from the us was once diverted to be used within the a ways East, the place it used to be believed they'd be stronger to any jap airplane encountered should still hostilities escape there.
This evaluate was once to turn out tragically very improper. whilst conflict did erupt, the japanese military Air strength - with its hugely maneuverable Ki-27 and Ki-43 combatants - and the japanese army Air strength built with the robust A6M 0, proved greatly enhanced in exactly approximately all facets, and plenty of of the japanese fighter pilots have been veterans of the warfare opposed to China.
By distinction, nearly all 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 merely the elemental education in their alternate.
Nonetheless, those fledgling fighter pilots completed a lot better good fortune than might have been expected, even though many paid with their lives.
This is their tale, entire with appendices and formerly unpublished resource fabric and pictures.