Wildcat Aces of World War 2

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Author: Barrett Tillman

Illustrator: Chris Davey

Publication Date: 25 Apr 1995

Number of Pages: 100

Arguably the most important piston-engined single-seat fighter design ever to see service with the US Navy and Marine Corps, the aesthetically inelegant F4F Wildcat achieved much acclaim during its bloody frontline career. Thrown into combat at Coral Sea, Midway and Guadalcanal, the handful of Wildcat units of the Navy and Marine Corps took on large numbers of fighters and bombers and came out victorious. On the European front, the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm also put the fighter to effective use from escort carriers, protecting Atlantic convoys from Luftwaffe attacks.

Biographical Note

Barrett Tillman is the world's most prolific US naval aviation author, having published over two-dozen titles on the World War 2 period alone. He has written numerous books for Osprey in recent years, and he is currently working on several future projects too. An airbrush artist with years of experience, Chris 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 Aces 27 and 30, and Combat Aircraft 14 and 19. He is particularly adept at 'big' aircraft like the Halifax and Sunderland. Arguably the finest profile artist in the business, Joan Weal's love of German aircraft makes his work a treat for students of the subject. He has written several Aces volumes, and two books on the JU 87 in the companion series Combat Aircraft. The late Keith Fretwell was a very skilled aviation artist. He illustrated numerous books in the Osprey Aircraft of the Aces series.

Contents:

  • Pre-War Naval Aviation and Early Campaigns
  • Midway
  • Guadalcanal
  • On the Offensive
  • Torch and Leader
  • The Eastern Wildcat
  • Fleet Air Arm
  • Training
  • Victory Credits and Wildcat Evaluation
  • Appendices

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