"Beaufighter Aces of World War 2" may be ordered online from Squadron.com
Aces of World War 2 is amongst the latest batch of releases from Osprey
Publishing and is number 65 in their ever expanding Aircraft of the Aces
I first saw
a Bristol Beaufighter in 1973. It was stuffed into a corner of a run down and
motley collection of what we now call warbirds at Camden in New South Wales,
Australia. Even though it was barely visible and partially dismantled, it still
looked pugnacious and powerful dressed in its overall foliage green camouflage
scheme. That sighting has had me interested in the Beaufighter ever since and I
try and read everything that I can on it.
This is why
I'm so enthused with this new book from Osprey. Whilst it does not supply a
developmental history of the Beaufighter, is does fill out the human side of its
use in World War II.
And it does
this very comprehensively. It is made up of six chapters, five appendices and
two pages of 1/96 scale line drawings.
chapters and their contents are as follows:
Countering the Blitz
Reduced Activity – Continued Action
Baedeker and Biscay
Around the Mediterranean
Battle for Malta
Strikes From Malta
El Alamein and After
Action Over Algeria and Tunisia
Struggle at Imphal
Guinea and the East Indies
included are ten pages of colour profiles – thirty two profiles in all (by John
Weal). The profiles cover just about all of the various schemes sported by the
Beaufighter during WWII from the overall "Night" scheme worn by the night
fighters, the desert scheme, the Coastal Command scheme, through to the
temperate and intruder schemes. Typical of the Osprey Aircraft of the Aces
Series, comprehensive captions to these colour profiles are contained on four
pages as one of the Appendices.
point of the book is the illustrations, many of them not seen before (at least
by this enthusiast!). There are 103, black white photos in all as well as the
previously mentioned line drawings.
itself has 96 pages printed on glossy paper between thin cardboard covers and is
the same size as the Aircraft of the Aces series also produced by Osprey.
toward the Beaufighter aside, this is an excellent publication. It will give
the reader a "complete picture" of Beaufighter operations through WWII as told
by the pilots who flew and achieved the fabled ace status in them.
That Beaufighter I first saw at
Camden has now been re-located to the purpose built
Harold Thomas collection
Narellan Aircraft Museum to the South-West of
Sydney. It is still in a corner but has now been re-assembled and well worth a
visit to if you are ever in Sydney between 10:30am and 4:30pm on a Sunday!
Osprey Publishing for the review
|Beaufighter Aces of
World War 2
(Aircraft of the Aces 65)
Author: Andrew Thomas
Illustrator: John Weal
US Price: $19.95
UK Price: £12.99
Publish Date: March 20, 2005
Details: 96 pages; ISBN: 1841768464
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Last updated 25 April, 2005
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