Beaufighter Aces of World War 2

Beaufighter Aces of World War 2

Aircraft of the Aces 65
  • Author: Andrew Thomas
  • Illustrator: John Weal
  • Short code: ACE 65
  • Publication Date: 20 Mar 2005
  • Number of Pages: 96
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Entering service at the end of the Battle of Britain, the pugnacious Bristol Beaufighter was deployed in numbers by Fighter Command just in time for the start of the Luftwaffe's night ‘Blitz' on Britain. Flown by specialised nightfighter squadrons - several of them elite pre-war Auxiliary Air Force units - it was the first nightfighter to be equipped with an airborne radar as standard. Thus equipped, it combined the ability to ‘see' the enemy at night with the devastating hitting power of four cannon and six machine guns. 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.

Biographical Note

Andrew Thomas is one of Britain's pre-eminent RAF researchers, having published numerous squadron histories. He is presently a serving officer in the RAF.Arguably the finest profile artist in the business, John Weal's love of German aircraft makes his work a treat for students of the subject. He has written several Aircraft of the Aces volumes, and for the Combat Aircraft series, volumes 1: ‘Junkers JU 87 Stukageschwader 1937-41' and 6: ‘Junkers JU 87 Stukageschwader of North Africa and the Mediterranean'.

Contents

UK-based nightfighter operations - the ‘Blitz'
UK-based Coastal fighter ops
UK-based bomber support ops
Malta-based nightfighter ops 1941-2
Desert-based fighter ops
North African - ie Op Torch nightfighter ops
Mediterranean & Italian-based nightfighter & coastal fighter ops
USAAF nightfighter ops in North Africa and the Mediterranean
Indian-based nightfighter ops
Burma offensive fighter ops
RAAF ops in New Guinea & Dutch East Indies
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