S u m m a r y
||Soft cover; 8.5" x 11" format;
64 pages + covers
||US$12.96 from Squadron.com
||Lots of inspiring subjects; pencil sketches
and attractive artwork; broad
range of nationalities, eras and technologies
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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
Thanks to Squadron/Signal Publications for the review sample
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