Brewster F2A Buffalo Aces of World War 2

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Although designed and built for the US Navy, the F2A fought in only one major US engagement - the battle of Midway - in which the aircraft shot down two Japanese dive-bombers. Soon replaced as a carrier-borne fighter, the F2A was exported to Britain, where it was given the name 'Buffalo' by the RAF. The British sent most of these aircraft to the Far East, where they were used in the defence of Singapore and Malaya. Although overwhelmed by Japanese fighters, no fewer than nine pilots achieved ace status while ...

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Overview

Although designed and built for the US Navy, the F2A fought in only one major US engagement - the battle of Midway - in which the aircraft shot down two Japanese dive-bombers. Soon replaced as a carrier-borne fighter, the F2A was exported to Britain, where it was given the name 'Buffalo' by the RAF. The British sent most of these aircraft to the Far East, where they were used in the defence of Singapore and Malaya. Although overwhelmed by Japanese fighters, no fewer than nine pilots achieved ace status while flying the Buffalo. The United States also sold the aeroplane to Finland, and it was in the cold north that the F2A truly found a home. Calling the aeroplane simply the 'Brewster', the Finns flew it against the invading Russians. Overall, 37 Finns achieved ace status flying the Brewster, and it was the Finnish fighter of choice until succeeded by the Bf 109G in mid-1943.

Osprey Aircraft of the Aces

Comprehensive histories of the elite fighter pilots, and the aircraft that they flew

A unique source of information researched by recognised experts, and brought to life by first-hand accounts from the combat veterans themselves

Concise, authoritative text is supported by at least 30 specially commissioned original colour artworks, new scale plans and the best archival photography from around the world

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"This book is a must-have for the aviation historian and military analyst to understand how this much-overlooked aircraft impacted aerial combat during World War 2. Modelers will also enjoy the history, photography and color profiles to replicate the mounts of these aces. This title is recommended!" -Michael Benolkin, Cyber Modeler / cybermodeler.com (February 2010)

"This book covers it all, starting with its use by Finland during WW2, then moving on to Malaya, Burma and its final US use at Midway. Included in this are super period photos of the men and planes as well as the expected center section of full color profiles by Chris Davey and a couple of color photographs. There is also the usual table of pilots of various nations that achieved ace or near ace status flying the aircraft. In all, it makes for a great read and a super reference book. It is one that I have no trouble highly recommending to you." -Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness / modelingmadness.com (February 2010)

"I found this book to be very interesting, and very comprehensive. As an example, in the Far East chapters, the authors were able to correlate Allied kills with Japanese pilots shot down. In addition, the pilot recounts of their actions were highly regarded, as we are close to having lost most those people to age related demise, so to work those into the "story" of the Brewster was greatly appreciated." -Kevin Iutzeler, IPMS (March 2010)

"Kari Stenman and Andrew Thomas' BREWSTER F2A BUFFALO ACES OF WORLD WAR 2 joins others in Osprey's 'Aircraft of the Aces' series I offering a comprehensive survey of the pilots and missions of the F2A aircraft ... Military libraries strong in equipment history will find this a welcome addition." -The Midwest Book Review (April 2010)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846034817
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/26/2010
  • Series: Aircraft of the Aces Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The 'Peanut Special' 6

Chapter 2 Brewsters Over Karelia 10

Chapter 3 Finnish Stalemate 21

Chapter 4 Over the Gulf of Finland 28

Chapter 5 Malayan Campaign 42

Chapter 6 Defenders of Burma 68

Chapter 7 Finale Over Land and Sea 78

Appendices 85

Colour Plates Commentary 91

Bibliography 95

Index 96

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