By Lionel PersynThe Curtiss P-36 started its existence within the US the place it was once thought of a revolution in functionality layout compared to different US combatants. Its pilots completed the various first American victories of the conflict and lots of went directly to turn into aces. One P-36 pilot, Frances Gabreski, turned the best US ace within the eu Theater. but by the point of the japanese assault on Pearl Harbor the P-40 used to be more and more supplanting the P-36, which the USA then exported to France lower than the guise of the Hawk seventy five. Flown by means of the French, captured through the Germans, offered to the Finns, transferred to India and Africa, or even integrated into the RAF, the Hawk seventy five observed provider in each theater of operations and in numerous strive against environments. This booklet depicts the attention-grabbing lifetime of an plane that fought on each side within the conflict, together with the oft-overlooked Vichy French Air strength, with colour art and images illustrating simply what number nationwide P-36 editions there have been. First hand bills recreate a number of the conflicts that gave upward push to over 60 pilots from a number of international locations who grew to become aces flying P-36 editions. This quantity completes the Osprey airplane of the Aces insurance of the Curtiss Hawk kin.