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Aircraft of the Aces - Legends of World War 2
featuring the artwork of Iain Wyllie

Iain Wyllie
and Tony Holmes

P51 B Mustang
Squadron Leader
Eugeniusz Dziubek Horbaczewski

P51 B Mustang by Iain Wyllie

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Iain Wyllie may be better known to some as the artist behind some of the spectacular airbrushed aircraft illustrations that have been published in a number of books in large gatefold format. He is also though the talent behind the cover artwork of Osprey’s highly successful Aircraft of the Aces book series. This volume showcases 30 of these paintings, each being used to help tell the story of a particular World War Two Ace.

The book begins with Forewards by both Air Commodore Peter Brothers and Colonel E ‘Bud’ Anderson, and introductions by the artist and author Tony Holmes. Each Ace is then presented with a full page painting, an aircraft profile by the same artist, text by the author incorporating comments from the pilot’s notes, a short bio of the pilot and a technical specification of the aircraft. The vertical format rather restricts the artist’s flexibility of composition, but overall this is an excellent reference work that is easy and enjoyable to read.

P51 by Iain Wyllie

P51D Mustang of
Major William Shomo

All images copyright the artist or publishers.

Me 109 of
Hans-Joachim Marseille

Me109 by Iain Wyllie
P51 by Iain Wyllie
Aircraft of the Aces - Iain Wyllie

Original cover

IW2 - Aircraft of the Aces - alt cover small1

Reprint cover

P38 Lightning of Major Tom McGuire

P38 Lightning by Iain Wyllie



Foreword by Air Com. Peter Brothers


Introduction by the Author


Foreward by Colonel Clarence E Anderson


30 sections each covering one ace/aircraft


Introduction by the Artist



Publishing Information - First Edition (hardback)

Publisher: Osprey Publishing

ISBN: 1-84135-167-9 

Released: 2000

Size: 10 x 11 inches

Pages: 144

Colour images: 60+

First published in 2000 as a hardback, this title was republished in 2002 in its original hardback form and then again in 2003 as a softback and with new cover atrwork.

Publishing Information - Third Edition (softback)

Publisher: Osprey Publishing

ISBN: 1-84176-737-9 

Released: 2003

Size: 9.5 x 11 inches

Pages: 144

Colour images: 60+


First Edition:

Out of print, only available on the secondary market.

Second Edition:

Currently available in softback - go to online store

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