Gloster Gladiator Aces

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Osprey Publishing, Jan 1, 2002 - History - 96 pages
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Never before has a single volume been devoted exclusively to the intrepid and disparate band of pilots who could claim to be Gladiator aces. Flying the ultimate British biplane fighter, pilots in China, Finland, East Africa, North Africa, Western Europe, the Mediterranean, Norway and the Middle East all scored the prerequisite five kills to become aces. The first individuals to do so were fighting marauding Japanese fighters and bombers attacking targets in China in 1938. The likes of Sheen, Tuck and Carey will also be featured in this volume, as they were among the many early war acers who cut their teeth in Fighter Command on the Gladiator.
  

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Contents

COMBAT DEBUT
6
ARCTIC WARRIORS
19
THE DESERT AND MALTA
34
GREECE
61
ADEN EAST AFRICA AND IRAQ
70
EPILOGUE
82
COLOUR PLATES
90
BIBLIOGRAPHY
95
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Andrew Thomas is one of Britain's most pre-eminent RAF researchers, having published numerous squadron histories. He is presently a serving officer in the RAF.

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