By Terrill J. Clements
The yank Volunteer workforce, or 'Flying Tigers', have remained the main well-known outfit to determine motion in international conflict II. Manned via volunteers flying American plane got from the British, the AVG fought bravely within the face of overwhelming odds in China and Burma sooner than the united states access into global warfare II. Pilots resembling 'Pappy' Boyington, R T Smith and John Petach grew to become loved ones names as a result of their exploits opposed to the japanese military Air strength. The AVG legend was once created flying the Curtis P-40 Tomahawk and Kittyhawk. This quantity dispels the myths surrounding the colors and markings worn by way of those recognized opponents.
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T h e y began w i t h waves o f H e i n k e l I l l s ( f r o m K G 1 a n d 4) p u l v e r i z i n g D u n k i r k ' s h a r b o u r facilities, c o m p l e t i n g the d e v a s t a t i o n o f the seven d o c k i n g basins, 8 k m (5 miles) o f quays a n d 4 7 h a (115 acres) o f docks a n d warehouses. T h e next wave ( K G 54) sank the 8 , 0 3 3 - t o n F r e n c h steamer Aden near the eastern breakwater. A t 0 7 4 0 h r s Stukas (StG 2) sank the French 3 , 0 4 7 - t o n steamer Cote d'Azur a n d a n a u x i l i a r y minesweeper as w e l l as the 8 6 8 - t o n B r i t i s h 'coaster' Worthtown.
T h e r o u t e between D o v e r a n d D u n k i r k being used (later labelled Route Z ) was the shortest possible, o n l y 6 3 k m (40 miles), considering t h a t Ramsay and A b r i a l ' s c o m m a n d s h a d done their previous mission w e l l : s o w i n g the Channel between the D o w n s a n d N i e u p o r t w i t h 5,000 mines i n 33 large fields. Skirting t h e m t o the s o u t h , the r o u t e hugged the French coast f r o m Calais t o D u n k i r k b u t n o w G e r m a n heavy a r t i l l e r y made it unusable i n daylight.
All torpedoes miss. 5 0036hrs: 'Good God! ' Approaching Kwinte Buoy (passing N 51° 20VE 02° 45'), Commander Fisher had just called for 20 knots (from 12 knots t h r o u g h Noord Pass) and commenced zigzagging w h e n he spots t w o torpedo tracks approaching rapidly from 150m off the starboard b o w and orders evasive manoeuvres. 30's first torpedo passes just off the bow, but the second strikes the forward boiler room, breaking the destroyer in half and killing three officers, one petty officer, the ship's surgeon, one NAAFI worker, 92 ratings and all but one soldier on board.
American Volunteer Group Colours and Markings by Terrill J. Clements