Osprey Publishing ACE3 Wildcat Aces of World War 2

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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.


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 includeds 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


Pre-War Naval Aviation and Early Campaigns



On the Offensive

Torch and Leader

The Eastern Wildcat

Fleet Air Arm


Victory Credits and Wildcat Evaluation


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