He flew first Defiants then Beaufighters as the technological race to field effective night fighters
hotted up leading to the first tentative attempts to put radar inside an aircraft.
When those officers returned to the States, they recommended development of a brand new American night fighter
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GROUP Captain John Cunningham's array of wartime honours, pictured right, for being the highestscoring night fighter
ace of the Second World War includes: the Distinguished Service Order with 2 Bars; the Distinguished Flying Cross with Bar; the 1939-1945 Star, with Battle of Britain Bar; the Air Crew Europe Star; the War Medal, with Mentioned in Despatches oak leaf; the Air Efficiency Award; the American Silver Star; and the Soviet Order of the Patriotic War First Class.
A German night fighter
would orbit a combined radio/light beacon, and when an enemy aircraft was tracked, the fighter controller would first give the fighter pilot vectors to bring his aircraft into the radar beam in order to conduct the interception.
WCdr Robert Carl Fumerton, DFC AFC was Canada's foremost night fighter
ace during the Second World War with 14 victories.
Under pressure from Ald Hodgkinson, Morrison admitted that he had grounded all the RAF night fighter
squadrons to protect London.
He was a leading air-craftsman engineer for Mosquito planes in 604 Squadron of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, which was one of the most successful of the pioneer Radar-controlled Night Fighter
Flying Blind: The Story of a Second World War Night Fighter
Unfortunately the crew members, who were flying as part of 49 Squadron based at Fiskerton in Lincolnshire, died when they were shot down by a German night fighter
Group Captain Cunningham, whose legendary accuracy as the highest-scoring night fighter
of World War II earned him the nickname "Cat's Eyes", took down 20 German bombers over the English Channel.
Eunice McCormack said her husband, a rear-gunner with 61 Squadron, claimed he had mistaken Gibson's Mosquito for a German Junkers Ju 88 night fighter
and fired at it.