Ki 61 and Ki 100 Aces

Author: Nicholas Millman
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1780962967
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This is the story of the elite Japanese Army Air force (JAAF) aces that flew the Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien (Swallow), and the Ki-100 Goshikisen in the Pacific Theatre of World War 2. The former, codenamed 'Tony' by the allies, was a technically excellent aircraft, possessing power, stability and a good rate of climb - differing radically from the usual Japanese philosophy of building light, ultra-manoeuvrable fighters. Its pilots soon realised, however, that the type was plagued by a number of dangerous mechanical issues. Then as the war moved relentlessly closer to Japan's doorstep, a desperate, expedient innovation to the Ki-61 airframe by fitting it with a radial instead of inline engine resulted in one of the finest fighters of World War 2 - the Ki-100. This book uses the latest findings to provide a gripping account of some of the most remarkable and hard-pressed fighter pilots of the war. It reveals how these men, unlike so many of their unfortunate late-war colleagues, could surprise Allied aircraft in high-performance fighters and claim successes in the face of enormous odds.

Ki 43 Oscar Aces of World War 2

Author: Hiroshi Ichimura
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1782005447
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Dubbed the 'Oscar' by the Allies, the Ki-43 Hayabusa Peregrine was the most prolific Japanese fighter of World War 2. Designed for manoeuverability and speed, the low-wing model meant that firepower and safety had to be sacrificed, with only two machine guns per plane. Despite this, more Japanese pilots achieved Ace status flying the Hayabusa than any other plane. This book expertly charts the experiences of the pilots and discusses the early stages of the war in South-East Asia, China, Burma and New Guinea. Accompanied by detailed appendices and specially commissioned artwork, this is the first volume in English to focus exclusively on the exploits of the Ki-43.

French Aces of World War 2

Author: Barry Ketley
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
ISBN: 9781855328983
Format: PDF
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French pilots endured fighting both with and against the Allies during World War 2. Possessing obsolescent aircraft at the outbreak of the war, the Armée de l'Air was decimated in the wake of the Blitzkrieg; however, a number of fighter units still achieved creditable scores flying Curtiss Hawks, Morane MS.406s and Dewoitine D.520s. Following the capitulation of France at the end of June 1940, many aces continued to fly with the now Vichy French Squadrons that were stationed in North Africa, and a number of these pilots subsequently saw action against their former Allies there. Numerous French pilots also escaped to Britain, and a handful achieved notable sucess with the RAF flying Hurricanes, Spitfires and Tempests. In Russia, the formation of the French-manned 'Normandie-Niemen' regiment in 1943 also saw near on 40 pilots achieve ace status flying Yak fighters on the Eastern Front.

Aces of the Rising Sun 1937 1945

Author: Henry Sakaida
Publisher: Osprey Publishing Company
ISBN: 9781841766188
Format: PDF
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This book combines Aircraft of the Aces 13:'Japanese Army Air Force Aces 1937-45' and Aircraft of the Aces 22:'Imperial Japanese Navy Aces 1937-45'. Very little has been published in English on the air arms of the Japanese Army and Navy, and the pilots who flew for them. Yet between 1937 and 1945, 150 JAAF and 21 Imperial Japanese Navy pilots achieved ' ace' status in eight years of near-constant warfare. This book relates the experiences of both air forces, revealing how the JAAF aces achieved their scores flying over terrain ranging from the Mongolian plains to the jungles of New Guinea, and how the IJN pilots drew on their experience of fighting over Manchuria, China and Mongolia to take on Allied forces in the Pacific

Soviet Hurricane Aces of World War 2

Author: Yuriy Rybin
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 178096885X
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Following the destruction wrought on the Red Army Air Forces during the first days of Operation Barbarossa in June 1941, the Soviet Union found itself desperately short of fighter aircraft. Premier Josef Stalin duly appealed directly to Prime Minister Winston Churchill for replacement aircraft, and in late 1941 the British delivered the first of 3360 Hurricanes that would be supplied to the Soviet Union under the Lend-Lease agreement. Specifically requested by the USSR, the Hurricanes were quickly thrown into action in early 1942 – the Soviet Air Forces' most difficult year in their opposition to the Luftwaffe. Virtually all the Hurricanes were issued to Soviet fighter regiments in the northern sector of the front, where pilots were initially trained to fly the aircraft by RAF personnel that had accompanied the early Hawker fighters to the USSR. The Hurricane proved to be an easy aircraft to master, even for the poorly trained young Soviet pilots, allowing the Red Army to form a large number of new fighter regiments quickly in the polar area. In spite of a relatively poor top speed, and only a modest rate-of-climb, the Hurricane was the mount of at least 17 Soviet aces.

Jagdgeschwader 1 Oesau Aces 1939 45

Author: Robert Forsyth
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472822935
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Formed shortly after the outbreak of World War 2, and equipped with Messerschmitt Bf 109Es, Jagdgeschwader 1 was initially tasked to defend the regional North Sea and Baltic coastal areas and Germany's main port cities and naval bases. The greatest task for JG 1 though came after 1942 in its defence of the Reich against the US Eighth Air Force's B-17s and B-24s, bearing the brunt of defence against increasingly regular, larger and deep penetrating USAAF daylight bomber raids with fighter escort. Levels of attrition subsequently grew, but so did experience among the leading aces, who were often the subject of propaganda films and literature. Many of Germany's most famous World War 2 aces flew with JG 1 including Herbert Ihlefeld (132 victories), Heinz Bär (220) and Walter Oesau (127), piloting Bf 109Es, Fw 190s and the Heinkel 162 jet fighter. Packed with photographs and profile artwork and revealing first-hand accounts, this is the compelling story of the Luftwaffe fighter pilots who battled to defend the skies of Germany.

Aces at war

Author: Eric M. Hammel
Publisher: Pacifica Pr
ISBN: 9780935553246
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Subtitled: The American Aces Speak, Volume IV. A highly charged excursion into life and death in the air, told by men who lived through it. Ride with Flying Tigers ace Charlie Bond as he is shot down in flames over China, and share the lonliness of command as Lt. Commander Tom Blackburn decides the fate of the fellow Navy pilot whose F4U Corsair malfunctions in a desperate battle over Rabaul. Hdbd., 6"x 9", 263 pgs., 37 b&w ill.

P 38 Lightning Aces of the Pacific and CBI

Author: John Stanaway
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
ISBN: 9781855326330
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The 'Cadillac' of USAAF fighters in World War 2, the Lightning was a highly innovative design produced by Lockheed in response to a challenging requirement for a long range, high speed and high altitude fighter to escort the AAF's B-17 bomber fleet.

Fighters of the 20th Century

Author: Jim Winchester
Publisher: Crowood Press UK
ISBN:
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A guide to the most famous fighter aircraft of the 20th century. It includes examples from around the world in chronological order so that the best of every period can be compared, from triplanes to supersonic interceptors. Specifications give powerplants, dimensions, performance and armament.