This volume showcases the specially commissioned cover artwork of leading aviation artist Iain Wyllie, who has produced over 30 action-packed paintings for the world's most successful aviation series of recent years, Aircraft of the Aces. Combat reports by the aces themselves form the basis of the text, along with a brief pilot biography and technical explanation of the aircraft featured in the artwork. Contemporary photographs and a full-colour side-view profile complete each chapter, whilst the book's appendices include a selection of 28 1/72nd scale drawings and a concise tabular listing of the high-scoring aces of World War 2. Although derived from the Aircraft of the Aces series, much of the text (over 55,000 words) that accompanies the artworks within this book has been specially sourced for Legends of World War 2, alongside a number of new profile artworks and photographs.
About the Author
Tony Holmes has worked as Osprey's aviation editor since 1989, having previously served as an author/photographer for the publisher whilst living in Australia. Working as a freelance editor/author since 1994, he still manages the aviation list for Oxford-based Osprey Publishing and 'Aircraft of the Aces – Legends of World War 2' is his 27th book for Osprey.