Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

Vital Guide: Air Aces of WWII

Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

Vital Guide: Air Aces of WWII

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Vital Guide: Air Aces of WWII by Robert Jackson. Crowood Press (http://www.crowoodpress. co.uk), The Stable Block, Crowood Lane, Ramsbury, Wiltshire, SN8 2HR, England, 2003, 112 pages, $12.95 (softcover).

Crowood Press has added another volume to its Vital Guide series of historical books. Air Aces of WW II looks at 104 airmen, presenting a one-page narrative of each man's exploits during the war. Robert Jackson, author of over 60 books on military subjects, has done a good job preparing this work. As with most books of this type, one rarely finds any earth-shattering information that makes the work historically indispensable. That said, Air Aces of WWII is not a book that readers need in their collection but is one they may want to add.

In addition to the 104 profiles, Air Aces of WWII boasts more than 100 photographs. My only complaint about them is that although the book focuses on aviators, many of the biographies have photos of planes rather than the men-as is the case for German superace Hans-Joachim Marseille, which features a picture of an Me-109 instead of Marseille. Also, anytime an author compiles a "greatest hits" type of list, people will second-guess the selections. …

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