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Osprey Aircraft of the Aces No 69


Mosquito Aces of World War 2



Andrew Thomas


S u m m a r y

Publisher and Catalogue Details: Osprey Aircraft of the Aces No 69 -  Mosquito Aces of World War 2
by Andrew Thomas
ISBN: 1841768782
Media and Contents: Soft cover, 96 pages
Price: GB£12.99 online from Osprey Publishing
Review Type: FirstRead
Advantages: Great coverage of operational and technical story of these aircraft and their pilots; interesting "human" perspective; excellent side views, colour profiles
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Rodger Kelly

Osprey's "Mosquito Aces of World War 2" may be ordered  online from Squadron.com




Mosquito 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. 

This new 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. 

The coverage 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. 

The chapters and their contents are as follows: 

Defending the Homeland

  • Schnell Bombers
  • Biscay Battles
  • Malta Move
  • Offensive Patrols
  • Force Restructure
  • The 'Baby Blitz'

D Day and After

  • Increased Bomber Activity
  • Highs and Lows for 488 Squadron
  • The V1 Campaign
  • Action over the Continent
  • The Battle of the Bulge
  • Fighter-Bomber Aces
  • Coastal Fighters

Nemesis of the Naghtjagd

  • Flower and Mahmoud
  • No hiding Place
  • Bomber Crisis
  • D-Day Record
  • Winter Nemesis

Over Mountains and Jungle

  • Night Kills
  • Lack of Targets
  • Over the Jungle


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 cover: 

  • Mosquito Aces.  By name, Service, Squadron, claims (s), total, and Theatre claimed in.
  • Aces 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.
  • Aces that flew Mosquitos but did not claim Kills whilst flying it.  In the same format as the first Appendix.
  • Colour plates. – Captions and commentaries for each of the colour profiles.

The book 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.


Thanks to Osprey Publishing for the review copy

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
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publish Date: October 12, 2005
Details: 96 pages; ISBN: 1841768782
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Review Copyright © 2005 by Rodger Kelly
Page Created 02 December, 2005
Last updated 02 December, 2005

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