Military Aviation Piston Era 1936-45

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The United States Air Force In Britain
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The United Kingdom and the United States governments made a series of signed agreements in the early part of 1941 which allowed for the American Naval, Army and Air force to design and build campaigns against Nazi Germany. Today the United Kingdom and the United States Air Force still have a selection of operational bases but only three used for flying operations. RAF Mildenhall, The host unit at Mildenhall is the 100th Air Refuelling Wing operating the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker, which deploys aircraft for and manages the European Tanker Task Force. RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk being the other Airbase host the 48th Fighter Wing (48 FW), also known as the Liberty Wing. RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire is currently a standby airfield and therefore not in everyday use.
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Heroes of Coastal Command: The RAF'%
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In Heroes of Coastal Command, Andrew Bird examines the maritime war between 1939 and 1945, interweaving accounts of events of the period with personal stories of individuals caught up in them. Through interviews, letters, diaries and reports, all combined with his own research, the author looks afresh at the maritime conflict, reassessing long-held views of the Cinderella Service's defensive and offensive capabilities through the eyes of ordinary individuals battling for survival above the oceans against flak gun, enemy aircraft and weather as the stakes rose higher and the number of casualties become catastrophic. Heroes of Coastal Command makes the reader think again about the RAF's maritime arm, Coastal Command, which was established in 1936.
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Messerschmitt 210/410 Story
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In 1938, the German Air Ministry, RLM), issued a requirement for a new twin-engine heavy fighter to replace the Me 110. This type of combat aeroplane was known as Zerst rer (Destroyer). The first prototype flew in September 1939. The Me 210 proved very difficult to fly, having numerous deficiencies. It was said to be deadlier to its crews than the enemy. A redesigned variant, the Me 410 began to reach Luftwaffe units in mid-1943. The Me 410 proved a quite successful aeroplane, being used as a heavy fighter and for reconnaissance duties. More than 1,500 Me 210/410s were built in Germany and Hungary, with only two Me 410s surviving today.
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Soviet Bombers of the Second World War
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Soviet bombers were a varied lot during the Second World War, ranging from single-engined biplanes such as the 1920's era Polikarpov U-2 to the excellent and modern twin-engined Tu-2 medium bomber. Although the use of four-engined strategic bombers was mostly limited to use of the huge Pe-8 bomber, the Soviets used many other aircraft for both strategic and tactical bombing. As the bombers of the Red Air Force were mainly tasked with supporting the Red Army, most of the bombers were used for tactical bombing, attacking tanks, troop convoys, trains, and airfields.
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The Encyclopedia of Aircraft of World
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The Encyclopedia of Aircraft of WWII is an exhaustive survey of the aircraft flown by all the combatants in Europe and the Pacific, including such famous aircraft as the P-51 Mustang, Supermarine Spitfire, Yakovlev Yak-3, Messerschmitt Me 109 and Vought F4U Corsair. Written by a team of experts, this comprehensive volume provides specification boxes for each aircraft listing powerplant, performance, weights, dimensions and armament (with all weights and measures given in metric and imperial), and a detailed description of the type's development and service history. Each aircraft is illustrated with a number of outstanding photographs as well as a three-view illustration.
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Combat Aircraft 40: PBJ Mitchell Units
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Flown exclusively by the US Marines, the PBJ was one of those rare examples of an air force type being procured by the navy due to its ability to do exactly the job that was required of it. Bought as a land-based patrol bomber for operations in the Atlantic and Pacific, the PBJ (Patrol, Bomber, North American) was kitted out to hunt down submarines as well as surface vessels. Identical to its air force counterpart, except for its ability to lay mines, deploy depth charges and launch torpedoes, some 706 PBJs were delivered to the Marine Corps from 1943-45.
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Combat Aircraft 129
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Initially designed as a high-speed mail aeroplane and airliner, the Do 17 first made an appearance as a military aircraft in the Spanish Civil War, both as a bomber and in reconnaissance roles. In the early stages of World War II, it, together with the Heinkel He 111, formed the backbone of the German bomber arm over Poland, France, Belgium and the Low Countries, and saw action in almost every major campaign in this period. However, by the start of the Battle of Britain, the Do 17's limited range and small bomb load meant that it was ripe for replacement by the Ju 88.
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Air Campaign 11: Battle of Berlin 19
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Struggling against dreadful and bitter winter weather, Bomber Command `went' to Berlin a total of sixteen times, suffering increasingly severe losses throughout the winter of 1943/44 in the face of a revitalized German air-defence. The campaign remains controversial and the jury, even today, is ultimately undecided as to what it realistically achieved. Illustrated throughout with full-colour artwork depicting the enormous scale of the campaign, this is the story of the RAF's much debated attempt to win the war through bombing alone.
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Duel 97 Tempest V vs Fw 190D-9 1944-
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Arguably two of the finest piston-engined fighters ever built, the Tempest V and Fw 190D-9 raised the bar in terms of aircraft design and operational capability during World War II. The long-nosed `Dora 9', designed by Kurt Tank, first appeared in the skies over the Western and Eastern Fronts in the late summer of 1944. Fast, and with an exceptional rate of climb, it quickly bettered almost every fighter that the RAF, USAAF and Soviet Red Air Force could field.
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Kagero Monograph 3D Rogozarski Ik3
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Looking at the development of this Yugoslav World War II built aircraft. Containing excellent references, features, scaled drawings and photos.
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We Landed by Moonlight: Secret RAF L
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For most of the Second World War, the RAF flew small aircraft at night into occupied France, landing and taking off in secrecy. This books tells the story of their missions of transporting agents to support the French resistance.
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White Series: Boeing B-17 Fortress in%
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Rejected as a bomber by the RAF, the B-17 was used extensively as a long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft by Coastal Command. This book tells the fascinating story of these operations, a vital but often overlooked part of the fight against the U-Boats. All the aircraft involved are listed, and the tedious but essential work of their crews described, including some epic encounters with enemy submarines.
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Camera On 14 Morane Saulnier Ms.406 Fr
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The Morane Saulnier MS.406 was a speedy French fighter aircraft developed and manufactured by Morane Saulnier starting in 1938. It was France's most numerous fighter plane at the outbreak of World War II. During the Battle of France, 1940, casualties were many, amounting to approximately 400 aircraft being lost in the air and on the ground.
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Eagles over the Sea 1935-42: A Histo
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The arduous development of a dedicated naval air arm for Germany's resurgent military was fraught with the kind of fierce inter-service rivalry that was rife throughout the turbulent history of the Third Reich. However, almost despite the odds, a small dedicated maritime strike force was assembled, germinating during the Spanish Civil War before being committed to action from the first days of the invasion of Poland. Concurrently, the operational Luftwaffe developed its own maritime units that would eventually subsume all of the Kriegsmarine-controlled formations as the war years progressed. This new book by the well-known author of German naval operations in WWII offers, for the first time, an in-depth study of all the Luftwaffe maritime operations. This is the first of two volumes and takes the story up to 1942. The story of Luftwaffe maritime operations has frequently been written about in fragmentary terms, delineating between the planned naval air arm operating under Kriegsmarine direction and the operational Luftwaffe'.
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Nachtjagd Combat Archive-The Early Years%2
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THE EARLY YEARS PART THREE (30 May – 31st December 1942) in the continuing book series that will prove essential for not only Luftwaffe historians but also anyone with an interest in RAF Bomber Command. The Nachtjagd Combat Archive is possibly the largest WWII aviation project ever published running to over 1.3 million words with over 1200 original photos, a remarkable 70% of which are previously unpublished.
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Airframe Extra No.10 The Battle of Mid
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Covers the historical aspects of the battles in the air and at sea over and above Midway between the 4th & 7th June 1942.
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