American Spitfire Aces of World War 2

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The first few American volunteers flew Spitfires with the RAF during the Battle of Britain. Many more joined their ranks, often posing as "Canadians", eventually forming three Eagle squadrons who earned a fierce fighting reputation. When the United States entered the war the Eagle fighter sections were issued with Spitfires and eventually transferred to the Eighth Air Force. In just two years of service with the USAAF, 22 pilots claimed five or more victories flying the Spitfire, whilst a further two dozen aces ...

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Overview

The first few American volunteers flew Spitfires with the RAF during the Battle of Britain. Many more joined their ranks, often posing as "Canadians", eventually forming three Eagle squadrons who earned a fierce fighting reputation. When the United States entered the war the Eagle fighter sections were issued with Spitfires and eventually transferred to the Eighth Air Force. In just two years of service with the USAAF, 22 pilots claimed five or more victories flying the Spitfire, whilst a further two dozen aces claimed part of their total flying them, a testament to their skill and success at the controls of this legendary warbird.

Discover the experiences of a variety of American aces in their own words through first-hand accounts, interviews and combat reports, in a thrilling read that transports the reader from the Battle of Britain to the deserts of North Africa to Fortress Europe itself.

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Editorial Reviews

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"It provides the usual content of these Aces books, with a detailed description of Griffon Spitfire operations, illustrated with a huge selection of photographs of not just the aircraft, but also the men who flew them."- Scale Aircraft Modeling (July 2008)

"Andrew Thomas' American Spitfire Aces of World War II surveys the first Spitfire volunteers and the development of units which began flying Spitfires to gain fame during the ear and joins others in Osprey's 'Aircraft of the Aces' series..." -California Bookwatch (December 2007)

"Author Andrew Thompson does a fine job of telling this little-known story about US Spitfire aces... A book that I found to be a superb read and a great reference. I'm sure you will as well." - Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (October 2007)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846032028
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/23/2007
  • Series: Aircraft of the Aces Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 900,380
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Thomas is one of Britain's most pre-eminent RAF researchers, having published numerous squadron histories. He is presently a serving officer in the RAF. The author lives in Sleaford, UK.

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Table of Contents


In the Lafayette Tradition     6
'Eagles' Over England     10
North African Adventure     28
Over Mediterranean Islands     44
Italy - the Hard Yards     65
The Last Victories     82
Appendices     86
Colour Plates Commentary     90
Bibliography     95
Index     96
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