Hurricane Aces, 1939-40, Tony Holmes

Hurricane Aces, 1939-40, Tony Holmes

Aircraft of the Aces 18

This entry in the Osprey Aircraft of the Aces series looks at the period when the Hawker Hurricane was the arguably the most important front line fighter in RAF service. Not only was the Hurricane the most numerous RAF fighter until late in 1940, it was also the only modern fighter to be sent to France in 1939, and bore the brunt of the fighting during the German invasion of the west. Most famously, the Hurricane was responsible for destroying more German aircraft than the Spitfire during the Battle of Britain, although it never quite had the glamour of the Supermarine aircraft.

Holmes has managed to successfully balance narrative histories of the Hurricane's role in the fighting with well chosen quotes from the pilots themselves, often illustrating important points. This means that we never lose track of the wider picture, even when we are following individual pilots in combat.

As will most Ospreys, the book is well illustrated, with a mix of contemporary photographs, thirteen pages of colour plates, most showing the paint schemes in use (green and brown mostly), and two pages of line drawings, showing the versions of the Hurricane in use during this period. The only thing missing are the lists of top aces normally featured in these books.

The First Ace
Phoney War
The Battle of Britain
Malta and North Africa

Author: Tony Holmes
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 132
Publisher: Osprey
Year: 1998

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