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No. 36 P-39 Airacobra Aces of World War 2

No. 36 P-39 Airacobra Aces of World War 2

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{detailed description}The first American fighter fitted with a tricycle 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 unreliability 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 defending New Guinea. It was also used in the Mediterranean by the AAF. The fighter's true success came whilst serving with the Soviet Red Air Force, whose pilots rated the Airacobra as probably the best lend-lease fighter of the war. Indeed, well over 30 communist pilots used the aircraft to 'make ace', with several finishing with scores in excess of 50 kills. The first title ever published on Airacobra aces, this volume recounts the exploits of the elite pilots from both air forces that flew the much-maligned Bell fighter.
{Author / Publisher / Date}by George Mellinger and John Stanaway
published by Osprey 2001 1st edn. 96pp profusely illustrated, colour drawings 18x25 paperback
{condition}very good
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