Early Day Operations /Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain /Early Night Operations /Overseas Operations /Valediction /Appendices (- Blenheim, Defiant & Havoc Aces - Aces with some Blenheim, Defiant & Havoc claims - Aces that flew Blenheim, Defiant & Havoc but made no claims - Colour Plates Commentary)
Both the Defiant and the Blenheim served as frontline day fighter types during the first year of the war, enjoying early successes until they came up against the vastly superior Messerschmitt Bf 109. The American-built Havoc was also a pioneering nightfighter, being used in this role in 1940 - 42 alongside the Defiant and the Blenheim.
Andrew Thomas is one of Britain's leading RAF researchers, having published numerous articles and books on the subject, as well as readily assisting other authors. He joined the RAF to fly straight from school, and has maintained an enthusiastic interest in the history and development of his Service throughout his career. He has previously published a number of volumes in the renowned Osprey 'Aircraft of the Aces' series. Chris Davey has illustrated more than 30 titles for Osprey's Aircraft of the Aces, Combat Aircraft and Elite Units series since 1994. Based in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, and one of the last traditional airbrush artists in the business, he has become the artist of choice for both USAAF fighters and RAF subject matter.
"This absorbing account begins with a bang ... And it gets better from there." --David L. Veres, www.cybermodeler.com..".provides a fine survey of some of the lesser-known fighter planes to serve with the RAF in World War II, and the pilots that flew them." --James A. Cox, The Bookwatch (September 2012)