Fighter Pilots of Britain in WWII (Battle of Britain)

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The life of a fighter pilot today is full of stress, quick decisions, loads of technology, and near-death experiences. This is pretty much the same lifestyle of British fighter pilots during World War II. There is one exception however, today’s fighter jets are jets and have a lot more complicated technology in them. On the other hand, the fighter planes on the early 1940s were pretty advanced for their time. The Battle of Britain was the name given to the sustained strategic effort by the German Air Force during the summer and autumn of 1940 to gain air superiority over the Royal Air Force of Britain. It was basically Germany’s first systematic attack on Great Britain. If Germany could control the air over Britain, it would make for a much easier land invasion. Therefore, the Battle of Britain would either cripple Great Britain or set back the Germans in their advances west and north. The Germans did systematic bombings of Great Britain during the Battle of Britain. The Royal Air Force (RAF) reacted to these bombing and flyovers by engaging in dogfights with the German planes. The German’s Messerschmitt Bf 109E and Bf 110C squared off against the RAF's Hurricane Mk I and the Spitfire. The 109E and the Spitfire became the main airplanes used in dogfights because they were the best planes out of each country’s air force. Since the 109E and the Spitfire were so similarly matched, the determining factor on who would win a dogfight was the pilot. Pilots in the RAF lead a highly stressed life. They were almost always on-call and responsible for defending their country on a moment’s notice. The frequent dogfights put a lot of stress on the pilots. The constant brushes with death would drive anyone crazy, in my mind. The pilots in the RAF used a tactic called fighting formations to help in their defeating of the German Air Force. The formation of fighter planes

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