Another Man's War: The Story of a Burma Boy in Britain's by Barnaby Phillips

By Barnaby Phillips

In December 1941 the japanese invaded Burma. For the British, the longest land crusade of the second one global battle had all started. 100,000 African squaddies have been taken from Britain’s colonies to struggle the japanese within the Burmese jungles. They played heroically in a single of the main brutal theatres of battle, but their contribution has been mostly ignored.

Isaac Fadoyebo was once a kind of ‘Burma Boys’. on the age of 16 he ran clear of his Nigerian village to hitch the British military. despatched to Burma, he used to be attacked and left for useless within the jungle by way of the japanese. Sheltered via brave neighborhood rice farmers, Isaac spent 9 months in hiding sooner than his eventual rescue. He again to Nigeria a hero, yet his tale used to be quickly forgotten. Barnaby Phillips travelled to Nigeria and Burma looking for Isaac, the family members who kept his existence, and the legacy of an Empire. one other Man’s struggle is Isaac’s tale.

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We dove on him and he started to belly in. ' Storch and future six-kill ace Schimanski shared the credit for shooting down this fighter. Capt John England was leading the 362nd FS when he spotted a single Bf 109 below him. He explained what happened next; 'I immediately dove toward him. The enemy pilot then saw me and started a break into me, and was headed for a large aerodrome. I was travelling at approximately 400 mph and made a very tight turn into him and closed to about 500 yards. I placed the enemy aircraft properly within my K-14 gunsight and squeezed the trigger.

Bud' Anderson was leading the 363rd, and he reported later; 'We had been "ess-ing" slowly in front of the bombers for around half-an-hour when I saw three Me 109s at "one o'clock low". I picked the leader and dove down from dead astern. I had a perfect closing speed so I waited until I was about 250 yards away and fired until about 100 yards, getting very good hits. Pieces flew off and his coolant sprayed out, coating my windshield and part of my bubble canopy. ' Bochkay's Green Flight had been providing top cover, and he saw the Bf 109 crash.

He flipped over and went straight down. ' Groundcrewmen help Lt 'Chuck' Yeager strap into his second Mustang, P-51D-5 44-13897 GLAMOROUS GLEN II, at Leiston in July 1944. Yeager's flight status was in doubt at this time following his shooting down over France in March 1944 and subsequent evasion back to the UK. This bureaucratic limbo even cost Yeager a kill when he downed a Ju 88 in this aircraft on 5 July before he was cleared to resume combat. 25 victories, was given credit for the Ju 88 (Olmsted via Roeder) Lts Robert Shaw and Gerald Tyler of the 364th FS also claimed single Fw 190 kills to take the group's victory tally for the day to four.

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