The Curtiss P-36 began its life in the US where it was considered a revolution in performance design in comparison to other US fighters. Its pilots achieved some of the first American victories of the war and many went on to become aces. One P-36 pilot, Frances Gabreski, became the leading US ace in the European Theater. Yet by the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor the P-40 was increasingly supplanting the P-36, which the US then exported to France under the guise of the Hawk 75. Flown by the French, captured by the Germans, sold to the Finns, transferred to India and Africa, and even incorporated into the RAF, the Hawk 75 saw service in every theater of operations and in a variety of combat environments. This book depicts the fascinating life of an aircraft that fought on both sides in the war, including the oft-overlooked Vichy French Air Force, with color artwork and photographs illustrating just how many national P-36 variants there were. First hand accounts recreate many of the conflicts that gave rise to over 60 pilots from several nations who became aces flying P-36 variants. This volume completes the Osprey Aircraft of the Aces coverage of the Curtiss Hawk family.
About the Author
Lionel Persyn has written widely about French aces for several French language magazines and has recently collaborated on a study of the Curtis Hawk 75 in French service, a type on which he is regarded as an expert.
Kari Stenman is the world's leading authority on the Finnish Air Force during World War 2, and has written or co-authored many books on the units and aircraft of this service.
Andrew Thomas is one of Britain's leading RAF researchers. He joined the RAF to fly straight from school and has maintained his enthusiastic interest in the history and development of his Service throughout his career.
Praise for P-36 Hawk Aces of World War 2…
"P-36 Hawk Aces of World War II joins others in the 'Aircraft of the Aces' series to focus on WWII military battles and service. The Hawk saw extensive service and this book documents all the battles and keys to its importance." -California Bookwatch (May 2009)
"In all, a fine book on the subject and the first to have been published covering Hawk 75 aces. One that will delight the aviation enthusiast." - Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (February 2009)