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Aircraft of the Aces 01 Scutts: Mustang Aces of the Eighth Air Force

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  • Mustang Aces of the Eighth Air Force. Aircraft of the Aces 1
  • Author: Jerry Scutts; Illustrator: Chris Davey
  • Paperback; October 1994; 100 pages

Aircraft of the Aces 07 Scutts: Mustang Aces of the 9th and 15th Air Forces & the RAF

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  • Mustang Aces of the 9th and 15th Air Forces & the RAF. Aircraft of the Aces 7
  • by Scutts
  • Of all the fronts fought on by the Jagdflieger during World War 2, the Russian, or Eastern, was easily the most lucrative in terms of targets for the experten. Marry an abundance of targets with the Luftwaffe’s best piston-engined fighter of the war – Focke-Wulf’s Fw 190 ‘Butcher Bird’ – and it quickly becomes apparent why so many Jagdflieger achieved kills that passed the 100 victories mark. Flying in variable weather on a battlefront that was constantly changing, the Fw 190 pilots fought virtually to extinction in both the pure fighter and the crucial Schlacht ground attack roles.

Aircraft of the Aces 14 Stanaway: P-38 Lightning Aces of the Pacific and CBI

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  • P-38 Lightning Aces of the Pacific and CBI. Aircraft of the Aces 14
  • by Stanaway
  • The P-38 was used on virtually every front to which the USAAF were committed, but enjoyed its greatest successes in the Pacific and China-Burma-India (CBI) theatres despite the fact that there were never more than about 15 squadrons of P-38s in the South and South-west Pacific at any one time – the CBI used only four!

Aircraft of the Aces 19 Stanaway: P-38 Lightning Aces of the ETO/MTO

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  • P-38 Lightning Aces of the ETO/MTO. Aircraft of the Aces 19
  • by Stanaway
  • This volume traces the careers of many previously unknown aces within the USAAF in Europe, and helps redress the balance which has in the past seen all the 'glory' for the fighter victories in this theatre shared between the pilots of the P-47 and P-51. Some 17 pilots scored 7 or more kills on the P-38 in the ETO/MTO.

Aircraft of the Aces 21 Gretzyngier: Polish Aces of World War II

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  • Polish Aces of World War II
  • Gretzyngier
  • The polish pilots made a significant contribution to the Battle of Britain; these squadrons went on to see action not only in Western Europe, but also in North Africa. Almost 60 Polish pilots achieved ace status with the RAF, achieving scores well into double figures fying the Hurricane, Spitfire, Mustang and Thunderbolt.

Aircraft of the Aces 24 Scutts: P-47 Thunderbolt Aces of the 8th Air Force

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  • P-47 Thunderbolt Aces of the 8th Air Force. Aircraft of the Aces 24
  • Scutts
  • Built to absorb much damage, and rock steady as a gun platform, the Thunderbolt was soon able to more than hold its own over German skies. The arrival of the definitive P-47D in late 1943 was followed shortly after by the advent of the 'bubble top' Thunderbolt, which then became the favoured mount over the 'razorback' Jug thanks to its superior rearward visibility.

Aircraft of the Aces 31 O'Leary: VIII Fighter Command at War 'Long Reach'.

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  • VIII Fighter Command at War 'Long Reach'. Special expanded edition. Aircraft of the Aces 31
  • Author:Michael O'Leary
  • Paperback; December 2000; 144 pages

Aircraft of the Aces 36 Stanaway: Airacobra Aces of World War 2

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  • Airacobra Aces of World War 2. Aircraft of the Aces 36
  • Stanaway
  • The first American fighter fitted with a tricyle undercarriage and mid-mounted engine, the P-39 proved less than successful in the hands of its launch customer, the US Army Air Force (AAF). Around a dozen AAF aces scored five kills with the P-39, although this total was far outstripped by the Soviet Red Air Force. The exploits of both air forces are covered in detail in this title, as is the limited use made by the RAF of the Airacobra I in 1941.

Aircraft of the Aces 41 Clements: American Volunteer Group Colours and Markings

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  • American Volunteer Group Colours and Markings. Aircraft of the Aces 41
  • Clements
  • 96 pages, many colour and black-white illustrations. The American Volunteer Group, or 'Flying Tigers', have remained the most famous outfit to see action in World War 2.

Aircraft of the Aces 42 Franks: American Aces of World War 1

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  • American Aces of World War 1. Aircraft of the Aces 42
  • Franks
  • This is the story of Rickenbacker and his fellow pilots, men such as Capt William C. Lambert, Capt August T. Iaccaci, 2nd Lt Frank Luke Jr, 1st Lt George A. Vaughan Jr and Capt Field E. Kindley, whose individual exploits in fragile aircraft with open cockpits still possess the power to thrill.

Aircraft of the Aces 46 Chant: Austro-Hungarian Aces of World War 1

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  • Austro-Hungarian Aces of World War 1. Aircraft of the Aces 46
  • Chant
  • 96 pages, many colour and black-white illustrations. World War I was the conflict that spelled the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which had for centuries dominated Central Europe.

Aircraft of the Aces 49 Croatian Aces of World War 2. Pb

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  • Croatian Aces of World War 2. Aircraft of the Aces 49
  • Authors: Boris Ciglic, Dragan Savic; Illustrator: John Weal
  • Paperback; October 2002; 96 pages; ISBN: 9781841764351

Aircraft of the Aces 52 Franks: Sopwith Camel Aces of World War 1

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  • Sopwith Camel Aces of World War 1. Aircraft of the Aces 52
  • by Franks
  • The Camel was renowned for its sensitivity and need for skill and experience, and casualties amongst pilots undergoing training on the type were very high. More than 5490 examples were constructed, and this book covers its combat use on the Western Front, in Palestine, on the Italian front, in the Home Defence role in the UK and in Russia.

Aircraft of the Aces 55 Molesworth: P-40 Warhawk Aces of the Pacific

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  • P-40 Warhawk Aces of the Pacific. Aircraft of the Aces 55
  • Molesworth
  • 96 pages. This book examines The Warhawk’s wartime exploits and all of its aces including 'aces-in-a-day’ Mel Wheadon and Joe Lesika.

Aircraft of the Aces 56 Mellinger: LaGG & Lavochkin Aces of World War 2. Paperback

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  • LaGG & Lavochkin Aces of World War 2. Paperback
  • George Mellinger
  • 96 pages. 2003. Despite technical maladies and political interference from Moscow, the LaGG-3 matured into an effective fighter when flown to its strengths at low level. Many early Soviet aces were weaned on the LaGG-3, and if they survived the early massacres of 1941-42, they went on to fly the Lavochkin family of fighters. Indeed, the Lavochkin La-3, -5 and -7 were the fighters of choice for Heroes of the Soviet Union such as Ivan Kozhedub, who claimed 62 kills

Aircraft of the Aces 58 Rajlich: Slovakian and Bulgarian Aces of World War 2. Paperback. (Aircraft of the Aces 58)

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  • Slovakian and Bulgarian Aces of World War 2. Paperback. (Aircraft of the Aces 58)
  • Author: Jiri Rajlich. Illustrator: John Weal
  • 96 pages. 2004. First seeing action in August 1943, Bulgarian fighter pilots used their Bf 109Gs to good effect. From late 1943 through to mid-1944, the Bulgarian pilots attempted to defend the country from American bombers, and Stoyanov and Bochev made ace during this period

Aircraft of the Aces 61 Holmes: ‘Twelve to One’ V Fighter Command Aces of the Pacific. Paperback

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  • Twelve to One’ V Fighter Command Aces of the Pacific. Aircraft of the Aces 61
  • Compiled by Tony Holmes
  • Paperback, 128 pages. 2004. This volume details the experiences of 107 elite American aces in combat against the Japanese. The highest scoring US pilots of World War 2 fought against the Japanese Army Air Force and Imperial Japanese Navy over the jungles of New Guinea and the Philippines. This volume also includes biographies of the men whose tips for aerial combat make up the text, and the V Fighter Command Manual.

Aircraft of the Aces 65 Beaufighter Aces of World War 2.

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  • Beaufighter Aces of World War 2. Aircraft of the Aces 65
  • This book covers the exploits of the men who made ace in the Beaufighter and includes stunning original artwork together with first hand accounts of the action.

Aircraft of the Aces 67 Franks: Sopwith Pup Aces of World War 1

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  • Sopwith Pup Aces of World War 1. Aircraft of the Aces 67
  • Author: Norman Franks. Illustrator: Harry Dempsey
  • 96 pages. 2005. This book describes the combat careers of the successful Pup aces, how they flew and how they fought.

Aircraft of the Aces 69 Thomas: Mosquito Aces of World War 2.

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  • Mosquito Aces of World War 2. Aircraft of the Aces 69
  • Author: Andrew Thomas. Illustrator: Chris Davey
  • 2005; 96 pages. This book examines the infamous Mosquito, the nightfighter that was used by many leading RAF, Commonwealth and American aces.

Aircraft of the Aces 70: Thompson: F-86 Sabre Aces of the 51st Fighter Wing. pb

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  • F-86 Sabre Aces of the 51st Fighter Wing. Aircraft of the Aces 70
  • Author: Warren Thompson. Illustrator: Mark Styling
  • 96 pages. 2006. This book describes the 51st Wing’s tenure with the Sabre that led to their high scoring sprees of 1953. 

Aircraft of the Aces 71: VanWyngarden: Pfalz Scout Aces of World War 1.

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  • Pfalz Scout Aces of World War 1. Aircraft of the Aces 71
  • Greg VanWyngarden. Illustrator: Harry Dempsey
  • 2006; 96 pages. When World War I broke out in 1914, Pfalz initially produced copies of the Morane-Saulnier parasol monoplanes for the German air service. With the advent of the famed Fokker Eindeckers with their synchronized machine guns, Pfalz entered the fighter market with the Pfalz E.I and its successors, all monoplanes which were similarly armed.

Aircraft of the Aces 75: Thomas: Royal Navy Aces of World War 2. Paperback

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  • Royal Navy Aces of World War 2. Aircraft of the Aces 75
  • Author: Andrew Thomas. Illustrator: Chris Davey
  • 2007; 96 pages. The Fleet Air Arm (FAA) of the Royal Navy served with distinction in every theatre of war throughout World War II. From its poorly equipped beginnings - it started the war with few suitable, modern, carrier-born fighters - to the final campaigns over the Japanese home islands, the FAA proved an effective fighting force wherever it went.

Aircraft of the Aces 76: Weal: More Bf 109 Aces of the Russian Front. Paperback

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  • More Bf 109 Aces of the Russian Front. Aircraft of the Aces 76
  • Author: John Weal. Illustrator: John Weal
  • 2007; 96 pages. The four-year long Eastern Front campaign fought between Germany and the Soviet Union produced not only the greatest number of aces, but also the highest individual and unit scores ever recorded in the history of aerial warfare. It covers the Luftwaffe fighter pilots credited with scores of between 50 and 100; every single one of them amassing a greater number of victories than the highest and most celebrated of any British or American World War II ace.

Aircraft of the Aces 80 Thomas: American Spitfire Aces of World War 2

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  • American Spitfire Aces of World War 2, Aircraft of the Aces 80
  • Author: Andrew Thomas. Illustrator: Chris Davey
  • 2007; 96 pages.

Aircraft of the Aces 84 American Nightfighter Aces of World War 2. Paperback; 9781846033063

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  • American Nightfighter Aces of World War 2. Paperback. Aircraft of the Aces 84
  • Author: Warren Thompson. Illustrator: Chris Davey
  • 2008; 96 pages; This book examines the numerous aircraft types that were used by the US in this role, beginning with the early stop-gap conversions like the TBM Avenger, Lockheed Ventura and the A-20 Havoc (P-70). With full-colour profiles and rare photographs, this is an absorbing account of an underestimated flying force: the American Nightfighters.

Aircraft of the Aces 87 Spitfire Aces of Burma and the Pacific. Paperback

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  • Spitfire Aces of Burma and the Pacific. Paperback; Aircraft of the Aces 87
  • Author: Andrew Thomas. Illustrator: Chris Davey
  • June 2009; 96 pages; The arrival of the Spitfire in Burma came at a crucial time as the RAF struggled against the Japanese to support the Chindit operation on the ground. Covering this little documented aerial war, this book tells the stories of the 54 aces who flew against the Japanese, and also those who fought in India and Australia. Full-colour artwork of this most-famous of British planes, whilst first-hand accounts and archive photographs bring the aerial battles of Burma, India and Australia to life.

Aircraft of the Aces 89 Italian Aces of World War 1. Paperback

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  • Italian Aces of World War 1. Paperback; Aircraft of the Aces 89
  • Author: Paolo Varriale. Illustrator: Harry Dempsey
  • August 2009; 96 pages; The Italian aces of World War One have gone down in history as the irrefutable masters of the skies in the battle against their Austro-Hungarian enemies. Letters, diaries and unpublished photographs shed light on previously unknown personal and unit insignia, exposing many myths and making this a commanding addition to the aviation history of World War One.

Aircraft of the Aces 92. Fw 190 Defence of the Reich Aces. Pb

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  • Fw 190 Defence of the Reich Aces
  • By John Weal. Paperback; February 2011; 96 pages
  • From mid-1942 until the end of the war, German fighter pilots were deployed in the defence of the homeland in an effort to halt the near-constant bombing raids by Britain and America. This book tells their story, from the moment when the Luftwaffe began to retreat to the dying days of the Reich.
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Aircraft of the Aces 94. Fiat CR.32 Aces of the Spanish Civil War. Paperback

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  • Fiat CR.32 Aces of the Spanish Civil War. Aircraft of the Aces 94
  • Author: Alfredo Logoluso Illustrator: Richard Caruana
  • Paperback; 96 pages
  • The CR.32 Falco was a handsome and highly manoeuvrable biplane fighter. During General Franco’s fight with the Republicans for the control of Spain from 1936 – 39, no fewer than 477 CR.32s were involved, with an astounding 709 confirmed aerial victories, and an additional 320 kills claimed, for just 62 losses. As these statistics reveal, the CR.32 was the unrivalled master of the skies over Spain. By the war’s end, the five leading aces of the conflict were all Spanish CR.32 pilots. Their exploits, and those of the other leading CR.32 aces, are examined for the first time in English in this exciting volume.
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Aircraft of the Aces 95. Polikarpov I-15, I-16 and I-153 Aces. Paperback

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  • Polikarpov I-15, I-16 and I-153 Aces
  • Author: Mikhail Maslov Illustrator: Mark Postlethwaite
  • Paperback; 2010; 96 pages
  • The I-15, I-16 and I-153 fighters were the world’s first mass-produced fighters. Some 17,000 Polikarpovs had been manufactured by the time production ceased in 1941. They served with the Republicans in the Spain, the Chinese against Japan in 1937–38, and the Soviets against both Japan in the Nomonhan Incident and Finland during the Winter War. By 1941, more than 20 Soviet pilots had made ace in Polikarpovs, and many more attained that status during the first months of the German invasion. Though thoroughly outclassed, the Polikarpov was the backbone of the Soviet air force during the early months of the war in the east, and continued to serve, as training aircraft and as frontline fighters, some right through to 1945.
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Aircraft of the Aces 99 Aces of the Legion Condor. Pb

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  • Aces of the Legion Condor
  • Author: Robert Forsyth Illustrator: Jim Laurier
  • Paperback; June 2011; 112 pages
  • For Germany, the Spanish Civil War proved a perfect testing ground for new technologies and tactics. During the war, some 19,000 German ‘volunteers’ formed an aviation group called the Legion Condor in support of the fascists. Originally flying He-51s, they were soon upgraded to 109s. These fighters proved dominant in the Spanish skies, and many members of the legion scored five or more kills during the fighting.
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Aircraft of the Aces104 Naval Aces of World War 1 part 2. Pb. 9781849086646

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  • Naval Aces of World War 1 part 2. Aircraft of the Aces 104
  • Author: Jon Guttman. Illustrator: Harry Dempsey
  • Paperback; May 2012; 96 pages; ISBN: 9781849086646
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Aircraft of the Aces106 Spanish Republican Aces. Pb. 9781849086684

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  • Spanish Republican Aces. Aircraft of the Aces 106.
  • Author: Rafael A Permuy López; Illustrator: Julio López Caeiro
  • Paperback; June 2012; 96 pages
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Aircraft of the Aces109 American Aces against the Kamikaze. Paperback

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  • American Aces against the Kamikaze. Aircraft of the Aces 109
  • Author: Edward M. Young; Illustrator: Mark Styling
  • Paperback; October 2012; 96 pages
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Aircraft of the Aces110 Austro-Hungarian Albatros Aces of World War 1. pb

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  • Austro-Hungarian Albatros Aces of World War 1. Aircraft of the Aces 110
  • Author: Paolo Varriale; Illustrator: Harry Dempsey
  • Paperback; December 2012; 96 pages; ISBN: 9781849087476
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Aircraft of the Aces112 Fokker D.XXI Aces of World War 2. Paperback

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  • Fokker D.XXI Aces of World War 2. Aircraft of the Aces 112
  • Authors: Kari Stenman, Peter de Jong; Illustrators: Chris Davey, Mark Postlethwaite
  • Paperback; April 2013; 96 pages
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Aircraft of the Aces113. V1 Flying Bomb Aces. Paperback

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  • V1 Flying Bomb Aces. Aircraft of the Aces113.
  • Author: Andrew Thomas; Illustrator: Chris Davey
  • Paperback; September 2013; 96 pages
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Aircraft of the Aces121. Morane-Saulnier MS.406 Aces. Paperback.

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  • Morane-Saulnier MS.406 Aces. Aircraft of the Aces 121.
  • Ehrengardt, Christian-Jacques; Stenman, Kari
  • Paperback, 96 pages, Illustrations (black and white, and colour), 248 x 184 mm.

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Aviation Elite 07 354th Fighter Group

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  • 354th Fighter Group. Aviation Elite Units 7
  • by William N. Ness
  • ‘I think the success of the 354th as the leading group in the European theatre for aerial victories is due to several things. First was the initial training of the squadrons before deployment to England. Colonel Ken Martin nurtured the group from its infancy, and all the excellence that later showed through could be placed at his doorstep. Despite his youth, he knew how to foster teamwork and demand perfection in flying. There was nothing more important than getting the group off on the right foot. Second, our pilots were taught to fly mutual support, and practised it faithfully. There were no hot pilots in the 354th, only excellent pilots. Third, men like Glenn Eagleston gave advice and warnings about combat tactics and guarding one's tail. This prepared our pilots for lurking dangers, something the other groups may not have done.’ Brigadier General James Howard, Commanding Officer of the 354th Fighter Group

Aviation Elite 09. No 43 ‘Fighting Cocks’ Squadron

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  • No 43 ‘Fighting Cocks’ Squadron. Aviation Elite Units 9
  • Andy Saunders
  • Paperback; February 2003; 128 pages. This volume deals exclusively with the unit's exploits during WW2, covering its service during the evacuation of Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain, as well as the years spent supporting the Allied cause in North Africa and the Mediterranean. Flying Hurricanes from November 1939, and re-equipped with Spitfires in early 1943, 'Fighting Cocks' pilots scored 159 kills during the war and over a dozen of them 'made ace'. This book presents a full picture of the squadron, its men and its aircraft

Aviation Elite 10. 359th Fighter Group

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  • 359th Fighter Group. Aviation Elite Units 10
  • Jack H. Smith. Paperback; September 2002; 128 pages. Nicknamed the 'Unicorns', the 359th FG was one of the last groups to arrive in the UK for service in the ETO with the Eighth Air Force. First seeing action on 13 December 1943, the group initially flew bomber escort sweeps in P-47s, before converting to the ubiquitous P-51 in March/April 1944. Throughout its time in the ETO, the 359th was credited with the destruction of 351 enemy aircraft destroyed between December 1943 and May 1945. The exploits of all 12 aces created by the group are detailed, along with the most significant missions flown. This book also discusses the various markings worn by the group's three squadrons, the 368th, 369th and 370th FSs

Aviation Elite 14. 49th Fighter Group. Aces of the Pacific

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  • 49th Fighter Group. Aces of the Pacific. Aviation Elite Units 14
  • by William N. Ness
  • Paperback; September 2002; 128 pages. This book assesses the outstanding performance of the 49th FG, pitted against superior Japanese forces. By VJ-Day the group had scored 668 aerial victories and won three Distinguished Unit Citations and ten campaign stars for its outstanding efforts

Aviation Elite 17. SPA124 Lafayette Escadrille. American Volunteer Airmen in World War 1.

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  • SPA124 Lafayette Escadrille. American Volunteer Airmen in World War 1. Aviation Elite Units 17
  • Jon Guttman. Illustrator: Harry Dempsey
  • This book tells the story of one of World War I’s most famous squadrons, Spa. 124 - the only French squadron made up entirely of American volunteers (save for the commander and executive officer.)

Aviation Elite 19. Jagdgeschwader Nr II Geschwader ‘Berthold’. Paperback

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  • Jagdgeschwader Nr II Geschwader ‘Berthold’. Paperback. Aviation Elite Units 19
  • by Greg VanWyngarden, illustrator: Harry Dempsey
  • 128 pages. 2005. This volume contains many first-hand accounts by these and other notable aces, which reveal the esprit de corps and camaraderie these airmen displayed in their struggles against superior numbers up to the war’s final grim days

Aviation Elite 27: Jagdverband 44. Squadron of Experten. Paperback

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  • Jagdverband 44. Squadron of Experten. Aviation Elite Units 27. Paperback
  • Author: Robert Forsyth. Illustrator: Jim Laurier
  • 2008; 128 pages.

Aviation Elite 33: No 56 Sqn RAF/RFC. Paperback

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  • No 56 Sqn RAF/RFC. Paperback; Aviation Elite 33
  • Author: Alex Revell. Illustrator: Harry Dempsey
  • September 2009; 128 pages
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Aviation Elite 35. No 126 Wing RCAF

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  • No 126 Wing RCAF
  • Author: Donald Nijboer Illustrator: Chris Davey
  • Paperback; 128 pages. The success of No 126 Wing began before the D-Day landings and through operations at Falaise Gap, Operation Market Garden, the winter offensive in the Ardennes, and crossing the Rhine into Germany. Donald Nijboer examines the wing’s operations chapter by chapter, demonstrating how the five squadrons of Spitfires of No 126 Wing were self-sufficient in everything they did and how, after the Normandy landings, the ground forces could not move without this valuable support. Squadron and ace biographies and stunning artwork bring this fascinating book to life.
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Aviation Elite 36. VF-11/111 ‘Sundowners’ 1942–95

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  • VF-11/111 ‘Sundowners’ 1942–95
  • Author: Barrett Tillman, Illustrator: Tom Tullis
  • Pb. 128 pages. Fighting Squadron 11 was established at San Diego in August 1943, beginning a half-century record that spanned aerial combat in three wars from the piston to the jet age. The squadron produced seven aces while fighting in World War 2, Korea and Vietnam. From World War 2 until after the Cold War, the ‘Sundowners’ established an unexcelled record ‘at the tip of the spear’ in naval aviation history. The author, Barrett Tillman, is the world’s most prolific US naval aviation author and he has published over two-dozen titles on the World War 2 period alone.
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Aviation Elite Units 41 No 60 Sqn RFC/RAF. 9781849083331

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  • No 60 Sqn RFC/RAF. Aviation Elite Units 41
  • Author: Alex Revell Illustrator: Harry Dempsey
  • Paperback; September 2011; 128 pages
  • Witnessing the exploits of pilots like Albert Ball, who scored 20 victories with the unit before his death, it rapidly became one of the most successful fighter units of the war. This book tells the complete story of the unit, from its humble beginnings to the end of the war.
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