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Spitfire Mark V Aces 1941-45 (Aircraft of the Aces) Paperback – 15 Nov 1997

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  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; 1st edition (15 Nov. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855326353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855326354
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.6 x 25.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 281,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Ex-RAF aircrew, Dr. Alfred Price works as an aviation author and defence analyst. He has written several titles on the Spitfire for the Osprey Aircraft of the Aces series.

The late Keith Fretwell was a very skilled aviation artist. He illustrated numerous books in the Osprey Aircraft of the Aces series.


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By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 15 Jan. 2014
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This book was later republished as "Spitfires over the Mediterranean and North Africa" with the same cover although, for whatever reason, the name of author Dr. Alfred Price - one of the world's leading authorities on Spitfire aircraft, does not appear prominently on the latter version. Nevertheless, added to his expertise are a number of excellent colour plates of aircraft profiles by Keith Fretwell - all of which combine to make this a welcome addition to this series of books.

As mentioned elsewhere, I come to the subject of aircraft from two separate perspectives; Like so many of my generation, I first learned about WW2 aeroplanes from the many `Airfix' kits I built as a child and, of these, the Spitfire (although not my outright favourite) was always a prominent gift. Of far more relevance as far as this work is concerned, however, I am currently studying the ship and aircraft wrecks of Malta for a project now nearing completion. Of the many aircraft known to have been lost in Maltese waters, there are several instances of downed Spitfires and this work adds much to my growing knowledge of the subject.

Divided into the following 6 chapters; Air Battle for Malta, Tactics of a Malta Ace, North Africa, Late Marque Spitfires in the Mediterranean, Skalski's Circus and Spitfire Aces in the Mediterranean, the work does much to explore the human side of this theatre of operations during WW2. I was particularly impressed by the personal biographies of those who took part - including the leading New Zealand Ace and an American who understood the problems of aerial combat more than most.

Pilot Officer Reade F. Tilley was an American who joined the RCAF prior to Pearl Harbour and, having completed his pilot training was assigned to a Spitfire Squadron later posted to Malta.
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Once again this is another useful addition from Osprey to the libraries of those readers with an interest in the most famous of WWII fighters. The book follows the standard "Aircraft of the Aces" format covering the service history of the marque with a particular emphasis on those aces who used the Spitfire Mk V as their mount. Full of good period photos and the invaluable colour profiles this is a valued addition to the collections of WWII aviation enthusiasts and modellers.
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This is a quick initial impressions review to note that the book *appears* to be the usual excellent Osprey product; I have a number of the 'Aces...' series. Mostly well made, however prospective buyers should note that this Fourth Impression 2008 has been "Printed and bound by PrintOnDemand-Worldwide.com" and oh dear, doesn't it show. The registration on the information page is so far off that the top lines are missing. And above all the colour profiles - usually a real high point of Osprey's works - are so washed out they are barely in colour at all. VERY poor quality. Someone needs to address this issue urgently. i am going to copy this to Osprey themselves.
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I used these books to find information on the "Aboukir" high altitude flights in the middle east for the daughter of one of the pilots G Reynolds who encountered JU86P's.
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Interesting intro into the markings and operations of WWII
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