S u m m a r y
||Soft cover; 8.5" x 11" format; 200 pages + covers
USD$25.00 or AUD$43.00
online from Stardust Studios
||Interesting story of the highest
scoring ace in the US 4th Fighter Group; personal and operational
details covered; packed with hundreds of well reproduced wartime photos
of the men and their machines; attractive artwork by Troy White
||No colour (except covers)
Reviewed by Brett Green
Artist and author Troy White brings us a new book outlining the flying career
of Lt. Ralph "Kidd" Hofer, the highest scoring fighter ace of the US 4th Air
Hofer was an all-American who joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in June
1941. Following training he was posted to 286 Squadron, flying Hurricanes mostly
on target towing duties. With the arrival of the USAAF in England, Hofer jumped
at the chance to see some real action and transferred to the US 4th F.S.,
transitioning to the P-47 Thunderbolt from early July 1943.
The book covers Hofer's operational career, and notes both his great talent
as a fighter pilot, resulting in his impressive tally; and his dislike for
authority, which delayed his promotion to Second Lieutenant until he had scored
text also spends some time discussing the mystery of Hofer's loss over Hungary
in July 1944, only 14 flying hours short of the end of his tour.
Hofer's perplexing personal life is also touched on, with detailed
correspondence between the USAAF and Hofer's mother and estranged wife.
The 200 pages are packed with some great photos of men and machines (mostly
Mustangs but with a good smattering of other types), plus attractive artwork by
the author. It might have been nice to see some of these artworks in colour, but
the entire book is reproduced in high quality monochrome.
"Kid Hofer - The Last of the Screwball Aces" will be of interest to
historians and modellers.
Thanks to Troy White from Stardust Studios for the review samples
2 by W. Wayne Patton is available online at Squadron.com
Review Copyright © 2005 by Brett
This Page Created on 29 June, 2005
Last updated 29 June, 2005
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