P-39 Aircobra Aces of World War 2 Paperback / softback
Illustrated by Jim Laurier, Iain Wyllie, Mark Styling
Part of the Osprey Aircraft of the Aces S. series
The first American fighter fitted with a tricyle undercarriage and mid-mounted engine, the P-39 proved less than successful in the hands of its launch customer, the US Army Air Force (AAF).
Hampered by unreliabilty and poor engine performance at high altitude, the P-39 nevertheless served alongside the P-40 and P-38 in the bitter struggle to capture Guadalcanal in 1942/43, as well as seeing much action over the jungles of New Guinea.
Around a dozen AAF aces scored five kills with the P-39, although this total was far outstripped by the Soviet Red Air Force, whose pilots rated the Airacobra as one of the best lend-lease fighters of the war.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 96 pages, 100 b&w and 40 colour illustrations
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 18/07/2001
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9781841762043