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
. At nearly the same time, in September 1940, a British delegation led by Henry Tizard, chairman of the Aeronautical Research Board, came to the United States to share techno logical information, including the cavity magnetron.
Group Captain Cunningham's legendary accuracy as the highestscoring night fighter
of World War II earned him the nickname Cat's Eyes - in total, he downed 20 German bombers over the English Channel.
On 30 June 1941, the RAAF's night fighter
unit, No 456 Squadron, was formed at Valley with Defiant 1s ready to go on night operations.
The night fighter
machinegunned a train before turning its bullets on a road the women were wandering along.
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.
Market Rasen: 2.40 Night Fighter
, 3.10 Gabla, 3.40 Ichi Beau, 4.45 Meldrum Star.
MAG-33 included Marine Fighter Squadrons (VMF) 214 and 323, Marine Night Fighter
Squadron (VMF(N)) 513, Marine Observation Squadron (VMO) 6 and two radar units.
Under pressure from Ald Hodgkinson, Morrison admitted that he had grounded all the RAF night fighter
squadrons to protect London.
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.