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||Aircraft of the Aces -
Legends of the Skies
Compiled by Tony Holmes with artwork by Iain Wyllie and Mark Postlewaite
||Hard cover; 144 pages plus covers
GBP£20.00 or USD$29.95 available online from Osprey Publishing
||Great variety of stories
and an interesting read; thirty aces covered; beautiful colour artwork;
well presented; logically organised
Reviewed by Rodger
of the Skies is available online from
Now here is something
you don't see all that often - a hardback book from the guys at Osprey
Essentially, this book
is a compilation of previously published chapters from various different
volumes of Osprey's Aircraft of the Aces series.
Following a forward by
Generalleutnant Günther Rall, the book comprises thirty three chapters
spanning aerial warfare from World War One to the skies over Israel in
The chapters and pilots
- 'Naval 1' Ace
- Sub Lieutenant Roderick S. Dallas.
Last Kill With Jasta 2 –
Leutnant Werner Voss.
Nungesser’s Nieuport – Charles
Fighting ‘Cocks’ – Lieutenant
Armand de Turenne.
‘Naval 10’ – Flight Sub
Lieuntent Lawrence P. Coombes.
Death of the ‘Red Knight’ –
Rittmeister Manfred von Richtofen.
First Victory – Leutnant Georg
Duel over the Dolomites –
Oberleutnant Frank Linke-Crawford.
Fokker Ace – Leutnant Carl Degelow.
‘Balloon-Buster’ – Lieutenant
‘Shooting Star’ – Captain
Barker’s Battle – Major 'Billy'
Desert Dogfight – Flying
Officer Peter Wykenham.
Flying Tigers – William N.
Ace in a Day – Flight
Lieutenant Clive 'Killer' Caldwell.
Burma Battler – Pilot Officer
William J. Storey.
Nip’s Nemesis – Second
Lieutenant Donald C. 'Fibber' McGee.
'Italian ‘Thunderbolt’ – Tenete
Centurion – Oberleutnant Günther
Caucasus Clash – Porucik
‘Palm Sunday Massacre’ –
Captain Roy E. 'Deke' Whittaker
Defender of Ling-Ling – Captain
John F. Hampshire Jr.
Warhawk Ace in a Day – Captain
Joseph J. Lesicka.
ARR Ace – Lieutenant Ion
‘Puma’ Pottyondy – Captain
My Own Time – Captain Bob DeHaven.
Ace of Aces – Hauptmann Erich
‘White 27’ – Major Ivan
King of the Strafers –
Lieutenant Colonel Elwyn Righetti.
Final Victory – Ljudevit
MiG Mauler – Captain James
Kurnass – Avihu Ben-Nun.
Alert Neshers – Ra'anan Yosef.
On average, each
chapter comprises three to four pages. They consist of a short story
from the pilot which is illustrated by a magnificent full page painting,
relevant photographs, a full colour side profile of their aircraft, a
biography of the pilot concerned, and a description of the aircraft that
provides both a potted history as well as its specifications.
As previously stated,
the book is hardback and comprises 144 11"x 9½" pages on good quality
This is not a reference
book to provide details to help in detailing your latest masterpiece.
What it is, though, is a good quality product that relates stories from
and biographies of thirty aces.
A good read and
|Aircraft of the Aces
Legends of the Skies
Author: Tony Holmes
US Price: $29.95
UK Price: £20.00
October 22, 2004
Details: 144 pages; ISBN: 1841768251
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