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Spitfire Aces of North Africa and Italy (Aircraft of the Aces) [Paperback]

Andrew Thomas , Chris Davey
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10 April 2011 Aircraft of the Aces (Book 93)
Although most famous for their role in the Battle of Britain, many Spitfire squadrons also served in the Mediterranean theatre, aiding the Allied victories in North Africa and later in the invasion of Italy. Numerous pilots, both Royal Air Force and South African Spitfire squadrons, made ace during these engagements. This book tells their story.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (10 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849083436
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849083430
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 18.3 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 344,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A mine of information and is thus recommended to all Spitfire fans --Model Airplane International

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Andrew Thomas is one of Britain's leading RAF researchers, 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. This is his 12th title in the Osprey Aircraft of the Aces Series.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Spitfire Aces of North Africa and Italy 11 July 2011
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Very accomplished book on the subject matter,although there is inevitable duplication with previous "Spitfire Aces" books, namely: "Mark V Aces" and "Mark IX Aces".
Nether-the-less, still worth having as there are new drawings and accounts from aircrew who "were there".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spitfire Aces 18 July 2013
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Excellent Osprey publication in their series about Spitfires. This puts the Spit into the context of the North African and Italian campaigns. Good information aces and their mounts, backed up by a great colour plates section. For model makers looking for a different colour scheme for their Spits, as well as aviation and military historians.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ottimo libro di sintesi 8 Oct 2012
By dino
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Direi d'aver trovato nel testo un'ottima sintesi della storia degli Assi degli Spirtife in Nord Africa e Italia con tanti spunti di ricerca e approfondimento futuri. Consiglio questo testo a tutti i ricercatori che, per la prima volta, si approcciano alla materia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars spot on 8 May 2011
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I,ve dealed with this company many times over the years and found them excellent I look forword to deal with them in the future ( which I have plans to do)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Desert/MTO Spitfire Aces! 23 April 2011
By Michael OConnor - Published on Amazon.com
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By early 1942, Luftwaffe Bf 109Fs were giving Commonwealth P-40s and Hurris a hard time. To regain air superiority, Spifires - Mark Vs and later Mark IXs - were belatedly committed to the North African fighting and soon had matters in hand. Andrew Thomas' SPITFIRE ACES OF NORTH AFRICA AND ITALY chronicles the exploits of the Spit pilots who flew and fought over the Desert and Italy in this entertaining 2011 Osprey Publishing release, #98 in their 'Aircraft of the Aces' series.

When Spit squadrons such as No. 145 and 92 entered combat in June 1942, they found themselves pitted against skilled, determined Bf 109 pilots flying the best Bf 109 models of the war. Nevertheless, pilots, some of whom were BoB aces, began taking the measure of the Messerchmitt. Pilots like Bruce Ingram, Joe Sabourin, 'Sammy' Samouelle, Neville Duke and Jeff Wedgewood all notched up kills. With the November 1942 Torch landings, Spit units like 242, 81, 93 and 111 Squadrons found themselves with a target-rich environment. Even as pilots like Lance Wade, 'Robbie' Robinson and Stanislaw Skalski rang up victories, the introduction of the redoubtable FW 190 in March 1943 threatened Allied air efforts. In short order, the British brought in Mark IX models and the see-saw battle for air superiority continued. The invasion of Sicily and then Italy in mid-1943 produced more opportunities for air combat but then, as the slog up Italy wore on, more and more Luftwaffe units were pulled out of the MTO for Reich air defense and air combat dwindled. By war's end, over 60 Spitfire aces had been crowned. More importantly, the Supermarine fighter had played a significant role in the MTO campiagn.

Andy Thomas, one of Osprey's better writers, covers the exploits of Desert/MTO aces in his usual entertaining fashion. The text is complimented by dozens of b&w photographs and nicely-done color profiles by Chris Davey. Also noteworthy is Mark Postlethwaite's dramatic cover art. It's one of his best artworks for Osprey yet.

All in all, 'Aircraft of the Aces' #98 is an informative summary of some sharpshooting Allied aces and an engaging read. Recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thomas is a very good writer for this series. 26 Jun 2012
By Carmarthen - Published on Amazon.com
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Andrew Thomas is one of the best writers of this series.

Covering Spitfire aces of the Desert War and Italian campaigns was a great idea.

Of course, the writer focus on the accomplishments of Allied pilots, under the harsh desert conditions and constantly changing air bases. This was a totally differente kind of tactical situation comparing to the European theater.

But Thomas manages to sometimes give the reader a glimpse of the impossible situation the Germans/Italians were facing (Allied material superiority, lack of fuel, inadequate pilot training, etc). But this don't take nothing from the bravery of Alllied pilots, increasingly being committed into bombing and strafing roles, which usually were more dangerous than air-to-air combat itself.

I was surprised that the book contained one photo I never saw before of "Tony" Jonsson, RAF's only Iceland pilot (8 victories). Thomas used a lot of passages from Jonsson's book "Dancing In The Skies", which is one of the best I've ever read (in my opinion, nothing surpasses "The Big Show", by Pierre Clostermann).
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Aces 5 Dec 2012
By Tony Marquise Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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This is yet another volume in the Aircraft of the Aces series. This series lists the aces of the titled plane and place and gives brief descriptions of the explots of some of these piliots. For those interested in the subject this is a good series.
5.0 out of 5 stars Cannot have Enough Spitfire Books 23 Sep 2013
By Dana - Published on Amazon.com
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Another excellent book on the Spitfire from Osprey. Informative text, good images and the usual very nice profiles. A must for Spitfire fans!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spitfire Aces of North Africa and Italy 14 May 2011
By Karl Pople - Published on Amazon.com
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Terrific book, and another valued addition to my collection of Osprey's Aircraft of the Aces. Well researched, and with new information on more Spitfire aces in this theater not previously covered in the other Spitfire Aces volumes. Includes the usual beautiful profile artwork with descriptive captions at the end of the book, I would highly recommend this volume.
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