Spanish Republican Aces

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At the start of the civil war, most young fighter officers joined the rebels (Nationalists). It was the high ranking officers, grupo or escuadrilla commanders, and the NCOs, sergeants and corporals who remained loyal to the government. The obsolete Nieuport Ni.52s and the three rare Hawker Furies were soon outpaced by the opposing more modern Fiat CR.32s and Heinkel He 51s. However, at this early stage of the war, there were several Republican airmen who became aces and famous in the process, despite the small ...
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Overview

At the start of the civil war, most young fighter officers joined the rebels (Nationalists). It was the high ranking officers, grupo or escuadrilla commanders, and the NCOs, sergeants and corporals who remained loyal to the government. The obsolete Nieuport Ni.52s and the three rare Hawker Furies were soon outpaced by the opposing more modern Fiat CR.32s and Heinkel He 51s. However, at this early stage of the war, there were several Republican airmen who became aces and famous in the process, despite the small numbers of enemy aircraft shot down. Subsequently, a relative handful ex-French Dewoitine D.372 and Loire Nieuport 46 fighters flown by foreign mercenaries and Spanish pilots managed to turn the aerial balance in favour of the Republicans. With the arrival of the Soviet Polikarpov I-15 Chato and I-16 Mosca fighters, the Republicans consolidated this superiority, but most of the fighter pilots flying these modern types were Soviet. Some Spaniards started to fly Chatos from February 1937 with the establishment of the first two Spanish I-15 escuadrillas, commanded by capitanes García Lacalle and Alonso Santamaría respectively. They made their debut in the battles of the Jarama and Guadalajara. In the north, by the spring and summer of 1937 most Chato pilots were now Spanish. During the battle of Brunete, in July 1937, the first pilots trained in the USSR to fly the fast I-16 Mosca monoplanes arrived in Spain, and they quickly began to take a toll of enemy aircraft. Widely speaking, the Republican military aviation did not keep an exhaustive record of individual shooting claims. However, sufficient documentation exists to make a reasonable assumption as to which pilots fall into the ace category. This volume details the exploits of those pilots, complimenting previous works in the Osprey Aircraft of the Aces series on Nationalist CR.32 Aces and Polikarpov I-15, I-16 and I-152 Aces.
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"Spanish Republican Aces perfectly complements OSPREY’s Aces of the Legion Condor (Aces 99) and Fiat CR.32 Aces of the Spanish Civil War (Aces 94) ... Robustly recommended."
--David L. Veres, www.cybermodeler.com

"...a fascinating look into a subject for which there has been little written. A book that I know you will find as interesting a read as did I."
--Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness

"The Republican side of this aerial confl ict is well researched and told by Rafael A. Permuy López, the deputy director of the magazine Ares Enalyus [Military History]. As with other titles in Osprey’s “Aircraft of the Aces” series, Spanish Republican Aces is nicely illustrated and made more complete by Julio López Caeiro’s 24 color profiles. It is recommended."
--P.K., Over the Front (Winter 2012)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849086684
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/19/2012
  • Series: Aircraft of the Aces Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,395,280
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Rafael A Permuy López, a Reserve Artillery Major, is a member of the Spanish Instituto de Historia y Cultura Aeronáutica and a journalist with a long career in newspapers and military history magazines. A researcher of both Spanish Republican and Nationalist aviation for nearly 40 years, some of his books include Ases de la Aviación republicana (2008), As de Picas (2009) and Air War over Spain (2010).
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Table of Contents

Author's Introduction 6

Chapter 1 Republican Fighter Force 1936-37 7

Chapter 2 Republican Escuadra De Caza N° 11 21

Chapter 3 Republican Fighter Force in the North 29

Chapter 4 1-15 Chato Grupo N° 26 46

Chapter 5 1-16 Mosca Grupo N° 21 67

Chapter 6 Republican Nightfighter Force 83

Appendices 88

Colour Plates Commentary 93

Bibliography 95

Index 96

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