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Allied Fighter Aces: The Air Combat Tactics and Techniques of World War II

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Many thousands of fighter pilots of many nations—British, American, Australian, Canadian, Polish, and many more—flew, fought, and died in Allied aircraft. A few became famous. About five percent of fighter pilots accounted for some forty percent of all air victories, and these were the aces.

Author Biography: Mike Spick, author of the excellent Luftwaffe Fighter Aces (1853675601), examines in detail every major theater of the air war, compares the aircraft and operational ...

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Overview

Many thousands of fighter pilots of many nations—British, American, Australian, Canadian, Polish, and many more—flew, fought, and died in Allied aircraft. A few became famous. About five percent of fighter pilots accounted for some forty percent of all air victories, and these were the aces.

Author Biography: Mike Spick, author of the excellent Luftwaffe Fighter Aces (1853675601), examines in detail every major theater of the air war, compares the aircraft and operational conditions, and highlights individual tactics and methods of the best of the aces. He is an aviation historian, specializing in air combat and helicopter tactics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853672828
  • Publisher: Greenhill Books/Lionel Leventhal, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.37 (w) x 9.51 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations 7
Preface 9
Prologue 12
1 France, September 1939-June 1940 26
2 The Battle of Britain, July-November 1940 45
3 Leaning Forward, January 1941-May 1944 78
4 Maltese Falcons, June 1940-November 1942 96
5 North Africa, June 1940-August 1943 125
6 Night Fighters over Europe 136
7 Against the Rising Sun, December 1941-February 1943 149
8 Seven-League Boots, 1943-45 161
9 Victory in the Pacific, 1943-45 174
10 Normandy to Berlin 186
Epilogue 196
App. 1 Leading Aces of the British and Commonwealth Air Forces
App. 2 Leading Aces of the American Air Forces
Bibliography 235
Index 237
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