P-39 Airacobra Aces of World War 2

P-39 Airacobra Aces of World War 2

Aircraft of the Aces 36
  • Author: John Stanaway, George Mellinger
  • Illustrator: Jim Laurier
  • Short code: ACE 36
  • Publication Date: 25 Jul 2001
  • ISBN: 9781841762043
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 96
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About this Product

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). Hampered by unreliabilty and poor engine performance at high altitude, the P-39 nevertheless served alongside the P-40 and P-38 in the bitter struggle to capture Guadalcanal in 1942/43, as well as seeing much action over the jungles of New Guinea. Around a dozen AAF aces scored five kills with the P-39, although this total was far outstripped by the Soviet Red Air Force, whose pilots rated the Airacobra as one of the best lend-lease fighters of the war.

Biographical Note

John Stanaway has written two best-selling volumes in the Aces series both covering the exploits of the greatest Pacific fighter of them all, the P-38 Lightning. He is also an official historian of the National P-38 Pilots' Association. Jim Laurier is a native of New Hampshire. He graduated with honours from the Paiers School of Art, Connecticut, in 1978 and has worked as a freelance illustrator ever since. Iain Wyllie is one of Britain's leading - and most prolific ? aviation cover artists. Mark Styling has illustrated several books in both the Aces and Combat Aircraft series.

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