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Mustang Aces of the Ninth & Fifteenth Air Forces & the RAF (Osprey Aircraft of the Aces, No 7) Paperback – November 13, 1995


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Product Details

  • Series: Aircraft of the Aces (Book 7)
  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; First Edition edition (November 13, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855325837
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855325838
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,257,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Osprey's Aircraft of the Aces series combines full colour artwork, the best archival contemporary photography, and first hand accounts from aces to bring history's greatest airborne conflicts to life.

About the Author

Jerry Scutts has worked in the field of aviation publishing since the late 1960s, writing over 40 books that have covered a broad spectrum of subject matter ranging from US Navy floatplane fighters in World War 2 to the exploits of the USAF_s Phantom IIs over Vietnam. His specialist areas are the Luftwaffe and the US Army Air Forces in World War 2, and he originally appeared on the Osprey list as long ago as 1977, when he wrote the second volume in the now much sought after Air Cam Air War series –- many of the jacket illustrations in this series were also painted by him. Jerry has been a regular contributor to Osprey's Aircraft of the Aces series since its inception in 1994.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By redfltldr on June 21, 2013
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As well as the info on color markings of the squadrons of the 332 Fighter Group it also covers the markings of the other units in the Med.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael OConnor TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 14, 2010
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Osprey 'Aircraft of the Aces' #7 is an odd duck. Author Jerry Scutts has combined the stories of aces that flew Mustangs in the RAF, 9th and 15th Air Forces to produce this Mustang Aces smorgasbord. The end result makes for interesting if disjointed reading.

After detailing the Mustang's record with the RAF in Chapter One, Scutts looks at USAAF Mustangs in Europe then switches to RAF P-51s in North Africa and Italy before covering the American exploits with the A-36/P-51 in the Med and with the 15th Air Force. The final chapters relate the war record of the all-black 332nd FG and the 9th AF's 354th FG, the top-scoring FG in the ETO.

The color profiles reflect the cobbled-together nature of the book. No less than five illustrators including John Weal and Chris Davey contributed to the 60 profiles featured. Another two color pages are given over to Mustang pilot flight gear. Over 80 b&w photographs are also included.

I gave Scutts' book four stars for several reasons. First, it lacked an index. Second, it did not include a listing of the 9th/15th/RAF aces. Osprey should have considered expanding Scutts' work from 96 to 100 pages.

Air combat buffs will enjoy MUSTANG ACES OF THE NINTH & FIFTEENTH AIR FORCES & THE RAF. Despite its cobbled-together nature, the book does tell some exciting tales of air combat and is nicely illustrated to boot. Recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gromit801 on May 16, 2011
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This book belongs in the Osprey Squadrons and Units series. There's almost nothing here about aces. Very poorly written from the point of view of the title series.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hercule Poirot on January 14, 2007
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Many if not all of the of Osprey Aircraft Aces books have a list of aces at the end of the book. Sadly, this book does not have one. You have to write down the names of the people who made aces in the 9th & 15th Air Force plus the RAF which probably explains why the book is only 100 pages and there are two chapters that are devoted to two fighter groups.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trombetta on October 4, 2011
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very beautifull book who show by detail the camouflage of the plane use by the USAAF during world war 2
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