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Andrew Thomas
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20 Sep 2013 Aircraft of the Aces (Book 113)
Shortly after the Allied landings in France the Germans unleashed the first of their so-called 'revenge weapons', the V1 flying bomb. Launched from specially constructed sites in northern France, the fast, small, pulse-jet powered pilotless aircraft were aimed at London with the sole intent of destroying civilian morale to the point where the British government would be forced to sue for peace. This dangerous new threat drew an immediate response, and the Air Defence of Great Britain (as Fighter Command had been temporarily renamed) established layers of defence that included a gun line and balloon barrage. The main element, however, were standing patrols by the fastest piston-engined fighters available to the RAF - the new Tempest V and Griffon-powered Spitfire XIV. Other types were allocated too, most notably the Polish Mustang wing, while night defence was left in the capable hands of several dedicated Mosquito squadrons. Although pilotless, the V1 was no easy foe thanks to its speed, powerful warhead and sheer unpredictability. Nevertheless, 154 pilots became V1 aces, 25 of whom were also aces against manned aircraft.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey (20 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780962924
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780962924
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 18.3 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The accounts of pilots chasing this 'robot plane' across the Channel to the coast of Southern England are incredible…all the while they are delivering bursts of cannon and machine-gun fire in order to bring down the V1. The Aces series just gets better and better. --Airfix Model World

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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. He joined the RAF to fly straight from school, and has maintained an enthusiastic interest in the history and development of his Service throughout his career. He has previously published a number of volumes in the renowned Osprey Aircraft of the Aces series. Chris Davey has illustrated more than 30 titles for Osprey's Aircraft of the Aces, Combat Aircraft and Elite Units series since 1994. Based in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, and one of the last traditional airbrush artists in the business, he has become the artist of choice for both USAAF fighters and RAF subject matter.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Discover some 'new' names to research 10 April 2014
I have a few Osprey titles on the shelf but can’t say I actively chase them as my main interest is in the memoir style of book or, at least, unit histories that include good biographical detail. However, these and Squadron Signal’s In Action series are what I cut my teeth on but it’s been years since I ‘seriously’ read one. I was pleasantly surprised – somewhat fascinated if I’m honest – when I sat down to read V1 Flying Bomb Aces. The well-known Osprey aces series has earned an enviable reputation for piling a heap of information (and colour) into a small, attractive and useful package. V1FBA is no exception but what made me take notice was the introduction to a number of accomplished pilots who I had either not heard of before or had certainly not read about in detail. To cut a long story short I was hooked.

With the Allied invasion of Europe, in June 1944, the people of Britain must have breathed a collective sigh of relief and looked forward to quieter times on the home front. This increased feeling of relative security would have been short-lived, however, as the Germans launched the first of their ‘reprisal weapons’ – the V1 – on June 13, 1944. While not wholly unexpected (the Allied bombing of research and test installations had severely delayed the project) it was clear the Germans were not a spent force.

The first successful interception of a V1 was achieved three days after the first attack. The unguided, pulse-jet powered V1 was launched from ground installations and aircraft and the ‘campaign’ would eventually claim nearly 24,000 casualties.
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5.0 out of 5 stars V1 aces 13 Nov 2013
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I didn't realise how many differant types of aircraft were involved in the shooting down of the V1 bombs from Spitfires to the Meteor jet
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exploring lesser known aces exploits 27 Oct 2013
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Once again, Osprey explores unfamiliar areas and offers us a fascinating and detailed history of V1 hunting. Very highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 3 Oct 2013
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A very enjoyable book gave a good insight into how evil these bombs could be and how the military tried to stop them.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting insight into a unique era in aviation history. 15 Nov 2013
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More of a recounting from log books than deep history. But lots of great stories of individual effort during the war.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Doodlebug' Shootdowns! 24 Oct 2013
By Michael OConnor - Published on Amazon.com
Andy Thomas has penned some of the most interesting Osprey AIRCRAFT OF THE ACES titles. His V1 FLYING BOMB ACES - #113 in the series - is his latest work and takes an entertaining look at those Allied pilots who destroyed flying bombs.

Beginning on 13 June 1944, Hitler unleashed hundreds of Fieseler Fi 103 pilotless flying bombs against Britain. Christened 'Reprisal Weapon 1,'these V1 robot weapons brought death and destruction with their 1,870-lb warhead. To combat the V1 threat, British oficial devised a defensive system utilizing anti-aircraft artilley, balloon barrages and aircraft. By war's end, some 155 Allied pilots had downed five or more V1s, becoming 'Diver' aces. That number included pilots flying Spits, Mossies, Meteors, P-51s, Tempests, Typhoons, P-61s and even a gunner on a Grumman Avenger! Thomas' text is enlivened by many first-person reminiscences and combat reports from the likes of 'Bea' Beaumont, Bill Polley, Joe Berry, 'Ginger' Eagleson, Mel Paisley, Ed Crew and 'Togs' Mellersh.

Visually, the book is a eye-appealing smorgasbord with dozens of pix of various V1-killing fighters and aircrew along with Chris Davey's always-excellent color side-views.

All in all, V1 FLYING BOMB ACES is an interesting, well-illustrated take on some unique pilots and combat missions. Recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars V1 diver aces. 20 Jan 2014
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I have read other books about diver ops,this book was about all the aircraft ,and pilots that brought them down successfully.
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