"Mosquito Aces of World War 2" may be ordered online from Squadron.com
Aces of World War 2 is a recent release from Osprey Publishing and is number 69
in their Aircraft of the Aces series.
If a modern
day aircraft term was applied to the De Havilland DH-98 Mosquito surely it would
be Multi Role Combat Aircraft. Originally envisaged as a bomber, it found fame
in a wide variety of roles that including high and low-level and attack, day and
night bomber, long-range photo-reconnaissance, mine layer, pathfinder,
high-speed military transport, long-range day and night fighter, fighter-bomber,
and more ignominiously in her later life, target tug.
book from Osprey covers a fair swag of the operational history of the Mosquito
and relates the stories of the men who became "Aces" in the type by shooting
down more than five enemy aircraft.
is comprehensive commencing with its night-fighter role defending the skies over
England in early 1942 and ending in the Northern Hemisphere's spring of 1945
when they ruled the night skies over Germany.
and their contents are as follows:
D Day and
Increased Bomber Activity
and Lows for 488 Squadron
- The V1
over the Continent
Battle of the Bulge
of the Naghtjagd
Mountains and Jungle
- Lack of
As with all
of the Osprey Aces series, there are ten pages of colour profiles with thirty
profiles produced by Chris Davey. The profiles show just three schemes, the
'Intruder Scheme" of overall medium sea grey with dark green disruptive pattern
to the upper surfaces, modified 'Intruder Scheme' of medium sea grey and dark
green upper surfaces with black under surfaces, the early night fighter scheme
of overall "night", and finally, the overall silver scheme with SEAC roundels
worn in the Far-East theatre.
I found the
book to be well illustrated. Whilst the illustrations are all black and white
they are of both men and machines and I have not seen most of them before.
There are 75 photos in all.
The book is
rounded out by five appendices, a bibliography and an index. The appendices
Mosquito Aces. By name, Service, Squadron, claims (s), total, and Theatre
with Some Mosquito Claims. In the same format as the first Appendix.
- V1 Aces
with Mosquito claims. In the same format as the first Appendix.
that flew Mosquitos but did not claim Kills whilst flying it. In the same
format as the first Appendix.
plates. – Captions and commentaries for each of the colour profiles.
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.
This is a
nice book. If you are looking for close-up reference pics to assist you in
detailing your small scale replica of the Mosquito then look elsewhere. If you
are however looking to gain an understanding of the role of the Mosquito in
WWII, and the stories of the men who flew it then this is the book for you.
Osprey Publishing for the review
|Mosquito Aces of
World War 2
(Aircraft of the Aces 69)
Author: Andrew Thomas
Illustrator: Chris Davey
US Price: $19.95
UK Price: £12.99
Publish Date: October 12, 2005
Details: 96 pages; ISBN: 1841768782
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