The P-51 Mustang and P-47 Thunderbolt were the finest American fighters of World War 2, and both saw service with the Royal Air Force in substantial numbers. The RAF began flying the Mustang in 1944, using it to fly bomber escort missions, and deploying to support the ground campaigns in Italy and the Balkans. It was also flown by a number of Polish units in the RAF. The P-47 Thunderbolt was the best fighter available in CBI theater, where it was flown by a number of aces against the Japanese, mainly in a ground support role. Although these two fighter types are most associated with the Americans, they performed an important role serving in the RAF.
About the Author
ANDREW R. THOMAS is a professor of international business at the University of Akron and serves on the executive education faculties of Management Centre Europe, University of Pittsburgh, and Cleveland State University. He is the author of several books, including "Aviation Insecurity" and "Global Manifest Destiny", and coauthor, with M. David Dealy, of "Defining the Really Great Boss" (Praeger, 2004).