World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF AFRICA: Perfection of a Pattern

It had been an extraordinary fortnight in the air over North Africa. The sky, except for a few rude little patches, belonged to the Allies. Across its trackless terrain thundered all the fine names—the Flying Fortresses, Halifaxes, Wellingtons, Liberators, Bisleys, Mitchells, Bostons, Marauders, Baltimores, Lightnings, Spitfires, Beaufighters, Hurri-bombers, Aira-cobras, Kittyhawks, Warhawks. But though the aerial terrain was trackless, the pattern of the thunder was very exact, very formal—and very effective.

The pattern was developed, to a large extent, by the British Air Command in the Middle East—notably Air Chief Marshal Sir...

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