Tomahawk and Kittyhawk Aces of the RAF and Commonwealth

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Tomahawk and Kittyhawk Aces of the RAF and Commonwealth

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Deemed unsuitable for the Channel Front, lend-lease Tomahawks and Kittyhawks instead became the staple fighters of the Desert Air Force in 1941-42, flying with RAF, South African and Australian squadrons in North Africa and the Middle East. Although usually outclassed by the Bf 109, a number of pilots enjoyed some success during the desert campaign – men like Caldwell, Gibbes, Edwards and Drake, all of whom accrued double figure scores. In the Far East, Australian and New Zealand pilots also saw much action against the Japanese in 1942/43, flying over the jungles of New Guinea in defence of the Australian mainland. This book charts the careers of the men who 'made ace' in these often underestimated fighters.

Product details

Published Nov 13 2002
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 112
ISBN 9781841760834
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 115 b/w; 40 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Aircraft of the Aces
Short code ACE 38
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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