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11 Group's most famous period was during the Battle of Britain when, due to its position, 11 Group bore the brunt of the German aerial assault. Pilots posted to squadrons in 11 Group knew that they would be sent into certain action while pilots and squadrons transferring out of 11 Group knew that they were going to comparatively safer duty.
While fully supported by the commanders (AOCs) of 10 Group and 13 Group, he received insufficient support from the AOC of 12 Group, Air Vice Marshal Trafford Leigh-Mallory, who wanted the 11 Group AOC position and used the Big Wing controversy to criticise Park's tactics. Leigh-Mallory's lack of support compromised Britain's defenses at a critical time and the following controversy caused problems for Park. When the Battle of Britain was finally over, Leigh-Mallory, acting with Air Marshal Sholto Douglas, conspired to have Park removed from his position (along with the Commander-in-Chief of Fighter Command, Air Chief Marshal Hugh Dowding). Leigh-Mallory then took over 11 Group.
Really? Why is it dangerous? Are the tides too strong or something?
The waters of Cook Strait are dominated by strong tidal flows. The tidal flow through Cook Strait is unusual in that the tidal elevation at the ends of the strait are almost exactly out of phase with one another, so high water on one side meets low water on the other. Strong currents result, with almost zero tidal height change in the centre of the strait. Although the tidal surge should flow in one direction for six hours and then the reverse direction for six hours, a particular surge might last eight or ten hours with the reverse surge enfeebled. In especially boisterous weather conditions the reverse surge can be negated, and the flow can remain in the same direction through three surge periods and longer. This is indicated on marine charts for the region. Furthermore the submarine ridges running off from the coast complicate the ocean flow and turbulence.
There are numerous computer models of the tidal flow through Cook Strait. While the tidal components are readily realizable,the residual flow is more difficult to model
well here an idea for one witch... ill get back to you for more...
Most people know that the first man to climb Everest was a Kiwi -but did you know that the RAF's first ace of WWII, and the first man from that conflict to be awarded a DFC was born in Hastings (NZ), went to school in Wellington, and got his pilot's licence with the Wellington Aero Club?
Edgar James Kain -known as "Cobber" (the Kiwi word for pal or friend in the 1930's) left for England at 18 and joined the RAF. Kain began flying operational sorties during the Phoney War period. He gained No. 73 Squadron's, and his, first victory in November 1939. A second followed days later. In March 1940 he had claimed his fifth victory and became the RAF's first fighter ace of World War II, and the first recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross in the Second World War. The Phoney War ended on 10 May 1940 when the Battle of France and the Low Countries began. Within 17 days of the beginning of the campaign, he had claimed a further 12 aerial victories. His success so early in the war meant he was to become a household name in Britain.
His kills were mainly Do-17s and Bf-109s. Kain was the RAF's top ace on the 07 June 1940 and was returning to England for some well-deserved R&R. As he sat waiting to taxi out in a Miles Magister to make the short hop to Le Mans to pick up his kit before heading across the channel, he saw his beloved Hurricane "Paddy III" arriving from a sortie. He decided to farewell his fellow pilot's properly so took Paddy up for one last "beat-up" of the aerodrome. He performed three aileron rolls at 800 feet, and on the last one his plane was seen to lose power, stall and then enter a spin. The plane hit the ground wings level but at a high rate of descent. Kain's body was thrown nearly 100 feet from the crash. He died instantly.
This is a link to a British Pathe newsreel shot just after his death, indicating just what a household name he was at the start of the war. (He was promoted to FLTLT posthumously
It's a shame that all pilots from the Britannian Comonwealth get shuffled to Britannia like Elizabeth, she isn't British, she's from FarAway Land.
So this one would be a cool idea
I'll see if I can do something with this.
Group Captain Colin Falkland Gray DSO, DFC & Two Bars (9 November 1914 – 1 August 1995) was the top New Zealand fighter ace of the Second World War.
Born in 1914, Gray was accepted into the Royal Air Force (RAF) in January 1939. Unusually but by no means uniquely, he was on full operational flying duties for the whole five and a half years of the war, apart from a short stint in 1944 spent in flying training, apparently without any impairment of his performance or enthusiasm.
He flew with No. 54 Squadron during the Battles of France and Battle of Britain, and had shot down 14 aircraft and had a half share in another by September 1940. He later added more kills while leading fighter squadrons and wings in the North African and Italian Campaigns, and finished the war with a confirmed 27 individual kills. After the war he held a number of staff and command positions in the RAF before his eventual retirement in 1961. He returned to New Zealand to work for Unilever. He died in 1995 at the age of 80.
I myself decided to use the Maori name, it felt more appropiate and fitting with the naming theme in other countries in the SW world, but that's of course not canon so do whatever you want.