This may not be the answer you are expecting and it might be somewhat of a surprise. Just as in WW1, the first Americans to fly combat over Europe were those who joined up with the British RAF (or the French in WW1). Lance Cleo Wade was born in Texas with only the initials "LC". He joined the Royal Air Force and was sent to a squadron flying Hurricanes in Egypt. He scored his first kills when he shot down two Fiat CR-42s on the 18th November, 1941. He rose in rank to Wing Commander(Lt. Colonel) and was credited with 23 confirmed and 7 probable enemy aircraft. He was awarded the British Distinguished Service Order and Distinguished Flying Cross with 2 Bars. He refused transfer back to USAAF. He was killed when his aircraft crashed on takeoff at Foggia airfield while visiting his old squadron in Italy in January 1944. He is buried at Reklaw, Texas, USA. There is probably a pilot shot down an aircraft on an earlier date that this. During the Battle of Britian(1940)the Americans were formed into Eagle Squadrons within the RAF. The first American to give his life in the Battle of Britain was Pilot Officer William M.L. Fiske of No. 601 Squadron. He died in hospital on 17 August 1940 after bringing back his damaged Hurricane to Tangmere. Link with a history of the Eagle Squadrons and transfer back into US Army Air Force: http://www.fourthfightergroup.com/eagles/es.html
Britain received approximately 1,200 Hellcats for their Royal Navy, and used them in Europe, the Med, and Asia. British Hellcats destroyed approximately 50 enemy aircraft during aerial combat, some of those were ME109s and FW190s. It was noted that the Hellcat more than held it's own against German aircraft.
The German U-Boat (submarine) hurt alot of American ships coming to and from Europe.
None, the war was held in Europe. Though there were rumors of a German Invasion.
German supremacy over Europe.
Europe lay under German domination.
It was a Douglas B-18 that sank the U-654 on 22 August 1942.
Coast-watchers , radar , anti-aircraft artillery and aircraft as interceptors .
A flak cannon is an anti-aircraft gun, the word 'flak' being derived from the German 'Fliegerabwehrkanone', or 'aircraft defence cannon'.
Number 3 in the world and number 1 in Europe.
They put an end to German nationalist attempts to conquer Europe.
* World Class Tanks. * Cruise Missles. * Ballistic Missles. * Rocket Aircraft. * Jet Aircraft. * Panzerfaust. All of that advantage, and they still lost the War.
American World War II troops were transported in Europe by planes, ships, and automobiles.
German invasion of Poland.
German U boats
The German invasion of Poland .
Yes, they built aircraft engines for the German Air Force (Luftwaffe).
it was lead by adolf it the German word for aircraft is lufewaffen
Second Lieutenant Samuel Junkin, 308th Fighter Squadron earned distinction as the first active-duty American pilot to shoot down a German aircraft over Europe on August 19, 1942. http://www.aviano.af.mil/Subfolders/World%20War%20II-new.htm Nice information, but wrong. I don't have a individual pilot's name but I can say for sure that a group of 80 American citizens, who went to Great Britain on their own, and volunteered to become RAF pilots, were flying Spitfires and Hurricanes in 1940, during the Battle of Britain. They were members of the two RAF Eagle Squadrons. So would you like to split hairs, about what air force they were a member of??? Or would you agree that they were AMERICANS and were shooting down German air craft, over England, in 1940, not 1942?
During World War II, Germany suffered substantial losses to its aircraft. An estimated 76,875 German airplanes were destroyed in the fighting.
German leader, Adolf Hitler.
German occupation of Europe..................
The Western World.