The introduction of the Merlin engine transformed the initially mediocre P-51 Mustang into a world-class fighting machine with the iconic P-51D, all but supplanting other types of fighters used by the United States Eighth Air Force in Britain. By May 1945, Mustangs had flown 213,873 stories and claimed 4,950 enemy aircraft destroyed.
Possibly the most iconic fighter of the Second World War the Supermarine Spitfire along with the Hurricane was instrumental to the RAF winning the Battle of Britain in 1940. Keeping its popular shape and constantly improving its armament and engine, Britain would go on to build more Spitfires than any other aircraft type during the war.
Lyda Litvyak joined the famed Soviet all-female 586th Fighter Regiment in 1942. She scored her first two kills three days after her arrival becoming the first woman fighter pilot to shoot down an enemy aircraft. After shooting down the German ace, Erwin Meier, he demanded to meet her to prove he had been bested by a woman. She scored a total of 14 kills.
The Soviet Ace Pilot Lydia Litvyak set contains:
1 Yakovlev Yak-1 Fighter 1 Advantage flying base ...
George Preddy was the top scoring Mustang pilot and was ranked sixth overall among USAAF Aces with a total of 27 aerial victories. Despite suffering from a hangover, on August 6th 1944, Preddy shot down six enemy fighters in the course of one mission, earning him the Distinguished Service Cross.