"It was more fantastic than an H. G. Wells story," said one of the pilots after the fight.
He and other British, Australian and South African pilots had been patrolling the Gulf of Tunis. A formation of Kittyhawks flew under a layer of Spitfires.
The Spitfires sighted the amazing argosies first. Down near the water, only 50 ft. off the sea, they saw 31 huge six-engined transports.
This was the biggest formation ever seen of the biggest plane in the war, the Merseburg-323. The ME-323 was developed from designs for a monstrous wooden glider, with a wing span of 180 feet. Six French Gnôme-Rhône...