P-39 Airacobra Aces of World War 2

P-39 Airacobra Aces of World War 2


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P-39 Airacobra Aces of World War 2 by John Stanaway, Jim Laurier, George Mellinger

The first American fighter fitted with a tricyle undercarriage and mid-mounted engine, the P-39 proved less than successful in the hands of its launch customer, the US Army Air Force (AAF). Hampered by unreliabilty and poor engine performance at high altitude, the P-39 nevertheless served alongside the P-40 and P-38 in the bitter struggle to capture Guadalcanal in 1942/43, as well as seeing much action over the jungles of New Guinea. Around a dozen AAF aces scored five kills with the P-39, although this total was far outstripped by the Soviet Red Air Force, whose pilots rated the Airacobra as one of the best lend-lease fighters of the war.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781841762043
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 07/28/2001
Series: Aircraft of the Aces Series , #36
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 7.22(w) x 9.88(h) x 0.23(d)

About the Author

John Stanaway has written two best-selling volumes in the Aces series both covering the exploits of the greatest Pacific fighter of them all, the P-38 Lightning. He is also an official historian of the National P-38 Pilots' Association.

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