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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant small reference book on the Hurricane
Tony Holmes's "Hurricane Aces 1939-40" is a fantastic reference book for any enthusiast of this famous fighter. As with all of Osprey's "Aircraft of the Aces" series the artwork is first rate and the text is detailed and informative. Combined with great pricing this is a marvellous book which covers the Hurricanes early war involvement in the Phoney War, the Blitzkrieg,...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great Content - Disappointing New Reproduction
As most reviewers have already said, these are a wonderful series of publications and this is no exception - HOWEVER ! I must take issue with the print quality of the book. I had a previous edition of one of the other titles (Spitfire Mk I Aces) and wanted the updated edition. On receipt I immediately noticed that the print was not the same quality as my earlier...
Published on 22 Nov 2011 by Andrew Simpson


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant small reference book on the Hurricane, 24 May 2004
This review is from: Hurricane Aces of World War 2 (Osprey Aircraft of the Aces) (Paperback)
Tony Holmes's "Hurricane Aces 1939-40" is a fantastic reference book for any enthusiast of this famous fighter. As with all of Osprey's "Aircraft of the Aces" series the artwork is first rate and the text is detailed and informative. Combined with great pricing this is a marvellous book which covers the Hurricanes early war involvement in the Phoney War, the Blitzkrieg, the Battle of Britain, and the early defence of Malta and North Africa. Lots of famous Hurricane aces are covered, including "Cobber" Kain, Carey, Bader, Page and many more. This is a great little reference work which will prove to be of great worth to WWII enthusiasts and modellers alike.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great Content - Disappointing New Reproduction, 22 Nov 2011
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Andrew Simpson (Sheffield, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Hurricane Aces of World War 2 (Osprey Aircraft of the Aces) (Paperback)
As most reviewers have already said, these are a wonderful series of publications and this is no exception - HOWEVER ! I must take issue with the print quality of the book. I had a previous edition of one of the other titles (Spitfire Mk I Aces) and wanted the updated edition. On receipt I immediately noticed that the print was not the same quality as my earlier version. The print is greyer and not as defined, also the colour profiles are fainter. The reason for this is revealed in the publishing details which states that in 2010 the reproduction has been "transferred digitally"; in other words this is no longer a printed book as such, more a colour photocopy ! This is why I give it only three stars. Presumably a cost reduction initiative but it has really reduced the quality of the book. I can only recommend that a good second hand copy is sought rather than new. What a shame.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One book that tells the story of the Hurricanes acheivements in 1940., 27 Nov 2011
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P. Davies "Paul Davies" (Lancaster, U.K.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Hurricane Aces of World War 2 (Osprey Aircraft of the Aces) (Paperback)
This wonderful and very readable book is one that you will read over and over and also use for a source of reference for years to come.

It is about the fighter aces who went up to fight the hordes of Luftwaffe bombers and fighters, who were vastly outnumbered in the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain, in 1940. It also covers the aces who fought over Norway and elsewhere in the early war years.

The Hurricane was the only RAF fighter used in France in 1940 untill the time of Dunkirk and because of this all of the early RAF aces were men who flew these 300 plus mph fighters. Names come to life in these pages of pilots who became household names at the time untill in some cases they were killed. This book brings their stories to life and remembers the hard fighting against great odds that the pilots in the Hurricane Squadrons faced in the Battle of Britain and eleswhere.

Names of just some featured in this fantastic book include:

The top-scoring RAF ace at the end of 1940, Sgt. Geoffrey "Sammy" Allard, the pride of 85 Sqn in France and the Battle of Britain, killed in 1941. Also featured is the stories of men like Sgt. Josef Frantisek, a Czech pilot, guest of 303 Polish Squadron, who was one of the B of B top scorers with 17 victories, and who was tragically killed just after the Battle of Britain. Others like Sgt. J. H. "Ginger" Lacey who scored 23 by the end of 1940 and who was the top Hurricane ace in the Battle of Britain, Archie McKellar, the small Scottish ace Sqn Ldr of 605 Sqn who was killed in action with a score of between 17 and 20,

Here too you will find Peter Townsend(11 victories) and Dickie Lee(9-12 in 1940) of 85 Sqn, Tom Neil of 249 Sqn with 13 victories in the Battle of Britain, Denis David of 43 Sqn(20 in 1940), Urbanowicz the top Polish pilot of the famous 303 Sqn (15-18 by the end of 1940) others including Frank Carey(18 in 1940), Pat and Tony Wood-Scawen, brothers who were killed in action, a day apart, in the Battle of Britain.

Others familiar to the subject of RAF aces will be glad to see the pages cover the stories of men like Jim Hallowes (17), and Ceasar Hull of 43 Sqn (KIA 1940), Roland Beamont, Derek Ward and Ian "Widge" Gleed of 87 Sqn, Paul Richey, Billy Drake, Leslie Clisby (16-18 KIA France 1940) and the aces of 1 Sqn in the Battle of France Others from that Battle of France include James Edgar "Kobber" Kaine and Fanny Orton of 73 Sqn in France 1940 who scored 17 and 15 respectivly. Kaine being the RAF`s first publicized ace in WW2 and who died doing aerobatics on the last day in France before leaving for leave in England.

Many other familiar aces are featured such as Bader who scored most of his victories in 1940 with 242 Hurricane Sqn and also Robert Stanford Tuck, who ended 1940 with 18 victories as the 257 Hurricane Sqn Ldr. These and other famous aircraft are depicted with colour drawings of their aircraft markings, images of the pilots and their aircraft and the tales of these most notable pilots of 1940.

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