BREWSTER F2A BUFFALO ACES OF WORLD WAR 2 PDF

Designed and built by the Brewster Aeronautical Corporation , it was one of the first U. Navy 's first monoplane fighter aircraft. Although superior to the Grumman F3F biplane it replaced, and the early F4Fs, [2] the Buffalo was largely obsolete when the United States entered the war, being unstable and overweight, especially when compared to the Japanese Mitsubishi A6M Zero. The Finns were the most successful with their Buffalos, flying them in combat against early Soviet fighters with excellent results.

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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Soon replaced by the navy, the F2A was exported to Britain, where it was nicknamed the 'Buffalo' thanks to its stubby appearance. The British sent most of these fighters to the Far East where they were used in the defence of Singapore and Malaya.

Read more Read less. Review "This book is a must-have for the aviation historian and military analyst to understand how this much-overlooked aircraft impacted aerial combat during World War 2. Modelers will also enjoy the history, photography and color profiles to replicate the mounts of these aces. This title is recommended!

Included in this are super period photos of the men and planes as well as the expected center section of full color profiles by Chris Davey and a couple of color photographs.

There is also the usual table of pilots of various nations that achieved ace or near ace status flying the aircraft. In all, it makes for a great read and a super reference book.

It is one that I have no trouble highly recommending to you. Military libraries strong in equipment history will find this a welcome addition. As an example, in the Far East chapters, the authors were able to correlate Allied kills with Japanese pilots shot down.

In addition, the pilot recounts of their actions were highly regarded, as we are close to having lost most those people to age related demise, so to work those into the 'story' of the Brewster was greatly appreciated.

Kari Stenman is undoubtedly the most knowledgeable authority on the Finnish Air Force in World War 2, having written over a dozen books on the subject since the late s. He is the co-author of the successful Aircraft of the Aces volume on Finnish fighter pilots and runs his own publishing company in Finland.

Andrew Thomas is one of Britain's most pre-eminent RAF researchers, having published numerous squadron histories. He is presently a serving officer in the RAF. No customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings? The machine learned model takes into account factors including: the age of a review, helpfulness votes by customers and whether the reviews are from verified purchases. Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers.

Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. The poor Damn Buffalo. It's a testament to the pilots that managed to make ace in it, that the did it in the Buff despite the air crafts shortcomings. Regardless, this is a well written, informative and entertaining book in a series that has become something of a standard by which others are measured.

Definitely one that needs to be in your collection if you're a fan of the line holders and also rans of the early war period. The book is nothing short of excellent. Kari Stenman has done a number of superb books in the series and his knowledge of the Finnish Air Force pilots, aircraft, records is unmatched. His collection on the Finnish Air Force is a model for historians of other countries. Of interest to the curious was the proposal that the Buffalo equip the RAF Eagle Squadrons and the flight results and then the recommendations that led to the assignment of the equipment the Far East with some strays assigned to the FAA.

After explaining the development and sales of the Buffalo overseas, the authors smoothly transition to the performance of Buffaloes in Finnish Service. Their record there, flying mostly with LeLv 24 an earlier book in the Aces Series was remarkable, amassing a victory ratio with that squadron of aircraft shot down, for 15 combat losses. Outnumbered, and flying against increasing superior quality aircraft Russian and Lend-lease the Finns showed what could be done with the aircraft and superb tactics and training.

They kept the most of the 44 aircraft they received operational under constant combat conditions for three years while cut of from parts and replacements, a feat in itself. Many good anecdotes are included that are not commonly found in histories of the kind.

Backgrounds on the aces and pilots who were or would become aces are integrated into the book some other books have profiles at the end. Having covered the retreats from Malaya, Java, and Burma, the authors return to Buffalos ending up in the hands of VMF on Midway Island, attacking Japanese planes attempting to survey the island, and later and famously attacking the large carrier based strike launched by the Japanese as part of the Battle of MIdway.

The very high losses sustained and the comments of one of the pilots, "It is my belief that any commander who orders pilots out for combat in a F2A-3 Buffalo should consider the pilot lost before leaving the ground". This was widely quoted and is one of the reason the Buffalo is often on various Worst Fighters Lists. It scored the final Finnish or any Buffalo victory of the war.

The book also includes a number of excellent plates listing of aces and famous pilots who flew the Buffalo. The book is balanced, not claiming the Buffalo was terrible or great, but pointing out some good qualities, and shortcomings. Given its small numbers and isolation from parts and supplies, and age fighting against much newer, modern aircraft its Finnish record is remarkable. The same basic configuration appears in the Dauntless, the P36, T, etc. On thing that bothers me about the Ospery series is that they do not have specifications and performance figures for the aircraft the aces flew.

The Buffalo was a much maligned fighter flown by several nations with the Finns having much success with it. The reasons for why the Finns were so successful while the British and Dutch were not is possibly because of the opposition they encountered. Were the Russians less skillful than the Japanese and did the Japanese have superior aircraft? But the Finns used it throughout much of the war with great success and had an outstanding kill ratio.

The book is well documented with considerable attention given to the individuals who flew the Buffalo. It is a typical Ospery book. Well written and researched. It is interesting to wonder what success the Buffalo would have had with a more powerful engine.

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Designed and built by the Brewster Aeronautical Corporation, it was one of the first U. Navy 's first monoplane fighter aircraft. Of all the users, the Finns were the most successful with their Buffalos, flying them in combat against early Soviet fighters with excellent results. The British attempted to lighten their Buffalos by removing ammunition and fuel and installing lighter guns to increase performance, but it made little difference. The Buffalo was built in three variants for the U.

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