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Aces 3


W. Wayne Patton




Squadron/Signal Publications


S u m m a r y

Media: Soft cover; 8.5" x 11" format; 64 pages + covers
Price: US$12.96 from Squadron.com
Review Type: First Read
Advantages: Lots of inspiring subjects; pencil sketches and attractive artwork; broad range of nationalities, eras and technologies
Recommendation: Recommended 


Reviewed by Rodger Kelly

Aces 3 by W. Wayne Patton is available online at Squadron.com 



Squadron/Signal continues their coverage of the world's aces with this third volume in the series.

Whilst the majority of men (and a single woman) are air aces, there are also a few German tank aces included.

The first few pages of the book discuss just what an ace is and how a person qualified to become one. It also advises on the variations in how different countries confirmed the claims made by airmen.

The remainder of the book, some 60 pages in all is devoted to stories of aces between WWI and Vietnam, from all different countries and their arms of services. Content varies from thumbnail to comprehensive. Either form is very informative.

What is interesting is the section on Russian pilots flying North Korean aircraft during the Korean War. Whilst the US did suspect that this was occurring at the time, information is only now coming to light following the end of the cold war.


The book is illustrated by both the author and Don Greer. The author has supplied the pencil drawings that are spread right throughout the text. These illustrations look to be copied from well known period photographs and are certainly a different approach. Don Greer's well known style of painting also features with profile and plan views (as well as the front and rear covers) of both aircraft and tanks.

The book is in portrait format and 64 pages in all. It is printed on glossy paper between thin cardboard covers.

As an entry-level book it provides excellent information at an excellent price.


Thanks to Squadron/Signal Publications for the review sample

Review Copyright 2004 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 13 June, 2004
Last updated 13 June, 2004

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