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Hurricane Ace Josef Frantisek

Hurricane Ace Josef Frantisek The True Story Book Review

by Ray Mehlberger

Date of Review June 2010 Title Hurricane Ace Josef Frantisek - The True Story
Author Jiri Rajlich Publisher Mushroom Model Publications
Published 2010 ISBN 978-83-89450-71-5
Format 120 pages, softbound MSRP (BP) £13.99 ($24.00 USD)

Review

Mushroom Model Publications (MMP) is a publisher based in the UK. Their books are printed in Poland by Stratus in Sandomierz in the English language.

This latest volume in the MMP Blue series is a biography of Josef Frantisek. One of the top scoring pilots of the Battle of Britain. František was an outstanding fighter pilot who made excellent use of the Hurricane’s qualities and strengths. The book describes his life and premature death, explaining why a Czech pilot served with a Polish unit in Britain. It clears up the mystery of his early years and explains the truth about his time in France. Seventy years on from the Battle of Britain, here is the true story of one of its heroes, credited with 17 confirmed victories with the Polish 303 Sqn.

The book is 120 pages in length in MMP’s usual 6 ½” x 9” page format and soft cover that they do their books in.

The book contains 127 black and white wartime photos. About half of these are photos of individuals that František interacted with, including ones of himself. There are many documents pertaining to him, 8 data charts, a photo of the metal Czech Pilot’s wings, graduation pictures of the 1936 VLU Flying School at Prostejov (that he graduated with), his identify card, his flight log book, a photo of the RAF cloth badge and the Polish Sdn. one, a color photo of the Czech War Cross metal and 2 color shots of a restored…and flying…Hurricane with František’s markings on it (RF roundel U). There is a color shot of him on the cover.

In the back of the book are 5 color profiles of different Hurricanes that he flew. The text includes many first-hand accounts and official reports, highlighting Fratišek’s somewhat disciplinary record.

This book will prove to be an invaluable reference source for aircraft historians, enthusiasts and modelers.

I want to thank Mushroom Model Publications (MMP) and Casemate for this review sample.

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