French Aces of World War 2

French Aces of World War 2

Aircraft of the Aces 28
  • Author: Barry Ketley
  • Illustrator: Mark Rolfe
  • Short code: ACE 28
  • Publication Date: 15 Sep 1999
  • ISBN: 9781855328983
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 100
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About this Product

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.

Biographical Note

Barry Ketley runs his own aviation publishing company which specialises in the more esoteric aspects of military aviation. He has been a student of the Armée de l'Air's wartime exploits since the 1960s. Mark Rolfe is an extremely talented profile artist. He has worked on a number of titles in Osprey's Aircraft of the Aces and Combat Aircraft series.


Prelude to Blitzkrieg
Drole de Guerre
Into the Torment
Two Sides with the Same Flag
With the RAF
In Soviet Skies
Aces and Victories

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