AIR: The Best Planes?

Smoke was still curling over Dieppe (see p. 26) when U.S. fighter pilots in the fray returned to their base in Britain and talked to U.S. correspondents. The New York Herald Tribune's Geoffrey Parsons Jr., a notably accurate reporter, wrote:

"All the American pilots in this Spitfire squadron were brought up on Curtiss P-40s and Bell Airacobra P-39s. They said they preferred the Airacobras to the P-40s, but they found the British Spitfires infinitely preferable in nearly every way to the Airacobras.

" 'I'd hate to have taken an Airacobra out there yesterday,' said...

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