org CAT'S EYES CUNNINGHAM - THE RAF'S TOP NIGHT FIGHTER
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.
There was nothing peaceful or caressing in that cold sea and certainly there would be nothing peaceful or caressing if a German night fighter
Each control center was known as a Himmelbett zone, consisting of a Freya radar with a range of about 100 kin, a number of searchlights spread through the cell, and one primary and one backup night fighter
assigned to the cell.
Hit by a German night fighter
, the Halifax LV905 crashed in fields near Hank, in the Netherlands, and all seven crew members were killed.
Once over the Channel, the Lancaster was picked out by German searchlights and despite de Breyne's avoiding tactics, he couldn't escape the probing lights and quickly came under attack from a German night fighter
The aircraft, from 431 Squadron, had taken off from Yorkshire and was intercepted by a German night fighter
over the Dutch town of Winterswijk.
In the course of bringing down 22 enemy aircraft, the Canton High-educated pilot was involved in seven death-defying crashes of his own and only much-decorated Night Fighter
pilot John "Cat's Eyes" Cunningham came close to equalling his achievement.
This was the last great "hurrah" for the German night fighter
force and they had a field day .
It was reformed again in 1940 and was active as a night fighter
squadron at various locations in the north and south of the UK.
THE fine run of rookie trainer Richard Guest continued when he won with his only two runners of the day, as Night Fighter
took the novices' handicap chase and Ulusaba landed the two-and-a-half mile handicap chase.
Rear gunner Sergeant Bill Jones, from Walton, was returning with his Lancaster bomber crew from Germany when they were intercepted by a German night fighter
and shot down over Amsterdam.
The Mosquito began as a private venture, was refused by the Royal Air Force several times, had its production suspended in favor of the Tiger Moth training biplane at one point, and was bought originally as a fast bomber but first deployed as a night fighter