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By David M. Glantz

This army background describes the Seige of Leningrad in the course of international conflict II. the writer explains how Hitler commanded his troops to seal off Leningrad, then to weaken it through terror and hunger, and of the Soviets frantic efforts to maintain Leningrad provided within the face of the expanding privations.

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Inevitably, there was a degree of overclaiming, but amongst the successful pilots was Fit Lt Gordon Conway with a brace of bombers and a Ki-43. He too achieved ace status with these kills, having claimed three 'Oscars' in May 1943 while flying the Hurricane. Conway also probably destroyed a second Ki-43, as well as damaging a third fighter and a 'Sally' too. He recalled; 'We had climbed out to sea over the Bay of Bengal, and at something more than 30,000 ft we turned back towards the coast. Looking left, I saw a mass of Japanese aircraft moving from left to right in a southerly direction several thousand feet below me.

Ninety minutes later, a further sweep was made by Ki-43s, and Lt Hokyo, Sgt Maj Takura and Cpl Kondo were all killed as they attempted to strafe Allied troops. Other 'Oscars' were also engaged, and No 607 Sqn's pilots were ultimately credited with six victories. Among the successful pilots was staff officer Sqn Ldr Pat Lee of No 165 Wing, who recalled the first of his six claims (three of which were destroyed); 'On 15 January, when flying with 607,1 saw my first Jap. We were above 20,000 ft, and had the advantage of height.

Two days later No 607 Sqn moved to 'George' Strip, while No 615 Sqn relocated to Nazir so that it could better escort Vengeance dive-bombing raids. The loss of No 81 Sqn was offset with the arrival of No 152 Sqn at Double Moorings, near Chittagong, from Baigachi. Although there were still some skirmishes to be fought, the action of 21 February was the last engagement on this scale to take place over the Arakan, for the focus of the fighting had now switched further north to Imphal. Japanese forces both on the ground and in the air had suffered serious losses, allowing the Allies to seize the initiative.

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