to One' might seem to be an odd title for a book.
However, when you realise that it stood for the kill ratio obtained by the
fighter units that were assigned to the V (Fifth) Fighter Command in WWII it
"unofficial war manual", 'Twelve to One' - Fighter Combat Tactics in the SWPA
(South West Pacific Area) to give it its full title, was originally published by
the United States Army Air Force in WWII. It follows similar theme books
produced by the VIII Command to describe the air war in the European theatre.
Incidentally, one of these two books, 'Long Reach', is also
published by Osprey (No 31 in their Aircraft of the Aces series.)
The book itself comprises contributions
from 26 different pilots, many of them well known aces. Their reports are
written in the first person and describe offensive and defensive tactics that
they used on an individual as well as squadron level basis. To give a complete
picture and round out the story, the author has supplemented the text with full
histories of each pilot in a "side-bar" format. Coverage is complete and
contributions come from each of the Fighter Groups that made up the Fifth
Fighter Command – the 8th, 35th, 49th, 58th, 348th, and 475th.
The book is well illustrated with 80
black and white photos and 50 full colour side profiles of the aircraft flown by
the contributors. They include P-40s, P-47s, P-38s and P-51s. The photos and
profiles show many seldom seen aircraft. Decal manufacturers would do well to
note that many of them have never appeared in decal format before!
The book consists of 128 pages printed
on glossy paper between cardboard covers.
This is more of a history book
than modelling reference book. If you are looking for walk-around type pictures
to assist you in building your latest masterpiece, then look elsewhere. If
however you are seeking knowledge on what it was like to live, fly and fight in
the South West Pacific Area during WWII then look no further.
Osprey Publishing for the review
|‘Twelve to One’ V
Fighter Command Aces of the Pacific
(Aircraft of the Aces 61)
Author: Tony Holmes
Illustrator: Chris Davey
US Price: $20.95
UK Price: £14.99
Publish Date: April 27, 2004
Details: 128 pages; ISBN: 1841767840
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