Through the Eyes of the World's Fighter Aces: The Greatest Fighter Pilot's of World War Two

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This is the story of the fighter aces who flew throughout the war in many different operational theatres. The book opens with the first Polish Aces during the German invasion and continues with Finland’s pilots in the Winter War against the Soviets. There follows the battle for France with the experiences of RAF, Luftwaffe and French Aces and then the legendary Battle of Britain. North Africa became a critical area, together with the heroic defense of Malta and air battles over Greece and the Balkans that were ...
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Through the Eyes of the World's Fighter Aces: The Greatest Fighter Pilots of World War Two

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This is the story of the fighter aces who flew throughout the war in many different operational theatres. The book opens with the first Polish Aces during the German invasion and continues with Finland’s pilots in the Winter War against the Soviets. There follows the battle for France with the experiences of RAF, Luftwaffe and French Aces and then the legendary Battle of Britain. North Africa became a critical area, together with the heroic defense of Malta and air battles over Greece and the Balkans that were fought in 1941. The Eastern front opened with operation Barbarossa where German aces were created by the dozen, flying superior aircraft against an ill-trained Soviet air force – and then in the north when pilots battle for air supremacy over Leningrad and the Russian seaports. When Japan entered the fray in 1942 their first aces flew over Singapore, Java and Sumatra and the early US Marine aces earned their spurs at Guadalcanal. Back in Europe RAF fighter pilots were taking the war to the enemy and in the southern theatre, the desert and Balkan air forces struck into the southern belly of the Reich. After D-Day British and American fighter units supported the Allied land advance and also defended London against Hitler’s V-1s, whilst in the east Soviet aces battled over Berlin.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781844154210
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


Destiny Can Wait: Poland, September 1939     1
RAF v Luftwaffe: First Contacts     12
Phoney War     22
Battle over the Fjords     34
Flames over France     45
Aces of the Battle of Britain     66
Mediterranean Combat     92
Holding On: Burma and the Pacific, 1942     115
Holding On: Russia, 1941-42     147
On the Offensive     159
By Daylight to Germany     174
Aces of the Night     192
Aces of the Eastern Front, 1943-45     219
From Normandy to the Baltic     235
The Road to Tokyo Bay     256
Bibliography     275
Index     276
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