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Title:
P-39 Airacobra aces of World War 2
Author:
Mellinger, George.
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Publication Information:
Oxford : Osprey Aviation, 2001.
Physical Description:
96 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781841762043
Format :
Book

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Central Library UG1242.F5 M42 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

Summary

The first American fighter fitted with a tricyle 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 unreliabilty 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 over the jungles of New Guinea. Around a dozen AAF aces scored five kills with the P-39, although this total was far outstripped by the Soviet Red Air Force, whose pilots rated the Airacobra as one of the best lend-lease fighters of the war.


Author Notes

John Stanaway has written two best-selling volumes in the Aces series both covering the exploits of the greatest Pacific fighter of them all, the P-38 Lightning. He is also an official historian of the National P-38 Pilots' Association.


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