By John Stanaway
The P-38 was once used on almost each entrance to which the USAAF have been dedicated, yet loved its maximum successes within the Pacific and China-Burma-India (CBI) theatres. the rate, variety and firepower of the P-38 made it the favorite of approximately all aircrew battling within the Solomons, New Guinea and the Philippines, and over 1800 jap airplane fell to its weapons. From the 1st encounters on the finish of 1942 till the Lightning scored the ultimate 5th Air strength victories in August 1945, those pilots made the Pacific skies a great deal their very own battleground.
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The last of the Dover torpedo boats, MTB 44, had been delayed well astern of the rest of the flotilla through an intermittent engine malfunction. It now came up to join in the action. The E-boat screen was well ahead of the vessel and its commander brought the craft to starboard to pass astern of this screen. With the rearmost destroyer out of line chasing the other MGBs, MGB 44 was able to reach a position 2 miles astern of the battlecruisers. Unfortunately the enemy’s major units were at the time manoeuvring to evade the tracks of the previously fired torpedoes.
The ships were recognized as being hostile and were given the plot number E29D. No one knew then that they were the German heavy units, but they did appear to be very interesting. Then, at 1129hrs, station K148 at Lydden Spout registered the enemy plot and reported it as being at 46,000yds bearing 166 degrees. A minute later, news arrived that the ships had been positively identified as being the battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau together with 25 other vessels. Straight away the battery of coastal guns at South Foreland near Dover were informed and alerted for action.
On board Scharnhorst action stations had been sounded and all hands went to their battle positions. On the admiral’s bridge, Oberst Ibel joined Vizeadmiral Ciliax and made contact with his two controllers on the other heavy ships by signal lamp, making sure that everyone was ready to liaise with Adolf Galland’s fighters. At 0750hrs the first of these aircraft came roaring in from astern, firing recognition flares to herald their arrival. The fighters swept over the warships, dipping their wings in salute before climbing up to their operational altitude.