Spanish Republican Aces

Spanish Republican Aces

Aircraft of the Aces 106
  • Author: Rafael A López Permuy
  • Illustrator: Julio López Caeiro
  • Short code: ACE 106
  • Publication Date: 20 Jun 2012
  • Number of Pages: 96
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At the start of the Spanish Civil War, most young fighter pilot officers joined the rebels, while the high ranking officers, grupo or escuadrilla commanders, and the NCOs, sergeants and corporals remained loyal to the government. Mostly flying the obsolete Nieuport Ni.52s these loyalists were soon outpaced by the more modern Fiat CR.32s and Heinkel He 51s. However, at this early stage of the war, there were several Republican airmen who became aces and famous in the process, despite the small numbers of enemy aircraft shot down. Widely speaking, the Republican military aviation did not keep an exhaustive record of individual shooting claims. However, sufficient documentation exists to make a reasonable assumption as to which pilots fall into the ace category. This volume details the exploits of those pilots, complementing previous works in the Osprey Aircraft of the Aces series on Nationalist CR.32 Aces and Polikarpov I-15, I-16 and I-152 Aces.

Biographical Note

Rafael A Permuy López, a Reserve Artillery Major, is a member of the Spanish Instituto de Historia y Cultura Aeronáutica and a journalist with a long career in newspapers and military history magazines. A researcher of both Spanish Republican and Nationalist aviation for nearly 40 years, some of his books include Ases de la Aviación republicana (2008), As de Picas (2009) and Air War over Spain (2010).Julio López Caeiro is an acknowledged professional illustrator. He has worked for different Spanish, British and US publishers, creating a wide array of artwork from the Spanish Civil War to the present, including aircraft, warships, tanks and AFVs.

Contents

The Republican Fighter Force in 1936-37
The Escuadra de Caza nº 11
Fighter Pilots in the North
Chato Pilots
Mosca Pilots
Nightfighter Pilots
Appendices (-Technical specification and performance tables for all fighter types serving in Spain -List of Top Scoring pilots in the Spanish Republican Aviation -Colour Plates Commentary -Selected bibliography for those wishing to delve deeper into the history of air operations in the Spanish Civil War).

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