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Royal Navy Aces of World War 2 by Andrew Thomas (Osprey Aircraft of the Aces - 75) is a softcover book published in 2007, 96 pages in length and 7.25 x 9.75 inches in size.
This book provides comprehensive histories of the elite Royal Navy fighter pilot aces of WWII and the aircraft that they flew. A unique source of information researched by recognized experts, and brought to life by first-hand accounts from the combat veterans themselves. Concise, authoritative text is supported by 37 specially commissioned original artworks that show the various aircraft flown by the aces. In addition, 101 black-and-white photos also play a role in telling their story.
The Royal Navy only regained control from the Royal Air Force over its own Fleet Air Arm shortly before the start of World War II. Although its aircrew were well trained, in the early years of the conflict they suffered from a shortage of suitable modern carrier-based fighters. It was not until the advent of a navalized variant of the Hawker Hurricane that it has a fighter of modern performance.
By 1941, the first American naval fighters acquired for the Royal Navy had begun to enter service, and these proved very effective. As well as later versions of the Wildcat, large numbers of Hellcats and Corsairs supplanted Seafires on carrier decks, and these types achieved considerable success.
Building on the Fleet Air Arm's exploits in the Atlantic and Mediterranean in 1941-1942, the units assigned to the British Pacific Fleet saw action against the Japanese in 1944-45. Some 36 pilots achieved five of more victories with the Royal Navy, and their exploits are described in detail in this unique volume.