Spanish Republican Aces, by Rafael A Permuy Lopez
Published by Osprey in 2012, as part of their 'Aircraft of the Aces' series, 96 pages. Paperback (N5145PE)
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At the start of the Spanish Civil War, most young fighter pilot officers joined the rebels (Nationalists). It was the high ranking officers, grupo or escuadrilla commanders, and the NCOs, sergeants and corporals who remained loyal to the government. Mostly flying the obsolete Nieuport Ni.52s these loyalists were soon outpaced by the more modern Fiat CR.32s and Heinkel He 51s flown by the Nationalists. However, at this early stage of the war, there were several Republican airmen who became aces and famous in the process, despite the small numbers of enemy aircraft shot down.
Widely speaking, the Republicans did not keep an exhaustive record of individual shooting claims. However, sufficient documentation exists to make a reasonable assumption as to which pilots fall into the ace category, and this book details the exploits of those men.
The book includes ten pages of colour illustrations showing different aircraft and their markings and designs, and the book is also packed full with black and white photographs....