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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (11 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841768782
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841768786
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.6 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Andrew Thomas is a long established author on RAF history, having published numerous articles and books on the subject, as well as readily assisting other authors. Having joined the RAF to fly straight from school, he has maintained his enthusiastic interest in the history and development of his Service throughout his career. He has previously published volumes on Gladiator, Tomahawk/Kittyhawk and Hurricane aces in this series. An airbrush artist with years of experience, Chris Davey has become Osprey's principal illustrator of RAF aircraft, having produced the profiles for over a dozen books since 1994. His most recent work includes Aircraft of the Aces 38: 'Tomahawk and Kitthawk Aces of the RAF and Commonwealth' and Combat Aircraft 31: 'Lancaster Squadrons 1942-43'. He is particularly adept at 'big' aircraft like the Halifax and Sunderland.

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I must admit that I brought this book to help me as I build a model. But for me, these series of books are more of an account of those brave pilots who flew the aircraft rather than a technical manuel. I have loads of them, and the price makes it an attractive proposition. If you want to know the story behind the missions, the men who flew them, then buy this book. You won't regret it.
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By flyingcat on 11 Nov. 2013
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This was an enjoyable read and covered most aspects of the top mosquito aces.I would have liked to have seen a bit more information concerning the different technical data on the various marks of mosquito but perhaps that subject is beyond the remit of this book.
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By Abe on 10 Aug. 2014
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More like reading from a catalogue. Disappointingly short on details of the aircraft and of operations
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Callum on 22 Feb. 2011
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If you are into these books, then they are very interesting.

For the casual reader, they can be a bit dry.

However, you can keep your spitfires etc, the idea of sending up a nightfighter to hunt enemy nightfighters is definitely appealing
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Tales of DeHavilland's Deadly Mosquito! 15 Dec. 2005
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The exploits of the 50-odd aces who scored with the Mosquito fighter bomber are chronicled by author Andy Thomas in this Osprey Aircraft of the Aces volume.

Whether operating as a nightfighter, day intruder or Coastal Command strike aircraft, DeHavilland's elegant but lethal wooden wonder racked up kills over Ju 88s, Bf 110s, He 111s, V-1s, Ki-46s and assorted Axis aircraft in the ETO, Pacific and Mediterranean theaters. Thomas succintly covers these kills, scored by such Mossie aces as John Cunningham, Bob Kipp, Branse Burbridge, Roger Bannock, Bob Braham and others. Ten pages of color profiles by Chris Davey and dozens of photos of aircraft and crews complement the text.

As always, good value at a modest price. Recommended.
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Will delight any avid scholar or WWII student 3 Dec. 2005
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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Andrew Thomas' Mosquito Aces Of World War II focuses on the all-wooden Mosquito aircraft, which entered service in early 1942 and was an effective fighter in Britain. It went on to counter the V-1 flying bombs in 1944 and made a name for itself with its ability to locate the enemy at night and develop hard blows with four cannons. Vintage black and white photos are packed throughout but it's the written history of the Mosquito and its 59 pilot fighters which is the meat of Mosquito Aces Of World War II, which will delight any avid scholar or WWII student.
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Great photo's, not story's! 28 Nov. 2010
By Sonny Burnett - Published on Amazon.com
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Osprey books are great photo albums but they aren't the story telling kind of book I was expecting. That was my mistake. They do have a small amount of storie relating to each pilot but very short in nature.

If your looking for storie's about missions throughout a pilot's tour or the war these are not for you. They tend to follow an aircraft's war career instead of the pilots.

But again nice photo's.
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The plane not to be messed with! 23 Feb. 2009
By Ira Kepford - Published on Amazon.com
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Flying the Beaufighter and Blenheim as night fighters early in the war, Britain needed a more effective night fighter, and what better to do the job than the Mosquito? With radar, speed, heavy armament, maneuverability and range, the Mosquito was thee plane for the night fighter role. Pilots loved the fighter. Many pilots scored heavily against Germanys Me-410s, Do-217s, Ju-88, Bf-110s and other night fighter/bombers. Many pilots flew the old Beaufighter, Blenheim and Defiant, but pilots really added to their scores using the `Wooden Wonder'.

Andrew Thomas has published quite a few books in the past years, but Mosquito aces is one of the best I have read! Excellent information on the fighter pilots who flew the best night fighter, not to mention a good day fighter also. Color plates of various Mosquitoes, information on aces of both day and night fighters, and lots of pictures on aces.
James Luma, Michael Constable-Maxwell, Peter Wykeham-Barnes and more are in this book.
If you are looking for a book about the aces who flew the Mosquito in combat against the Germans, then this the book for you!
Another winner from Osprey 8 Oct. 2013
By Pierrepoint - Published on Amazon.com
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This may sound like a broken record, but Osprey Publishing books are just fantastic. They offer insights into a subject that is very hard to find in other publications.

Some books give you the technical details, but not the personal experiences of the pilots, and others the reverse. Osprey seems to be able to blend both seamlessly and effortless.
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