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Secret Projects of the Luftwaffe: Blohm & Voss Bv 155

Product code:  58320AVI2
Looking at the re-engine Messerschmitt Bf109 to the Blohm & Voss 155. Designed extended wings, a wide track undercarriage and pressure cabin to meet the threat of American high altitude bombers.

Sent by the Iron Sky: The Legacy of an American Parachute Battalion in World War II

Product code:  37387AVI
Following on from the success of Ian Gardner's critically acclaimed trilogy on the exploits of the 3rd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division in World War II, Sent by the Iron Sky tells their exhilarating story for a new readership. From the moment they entered the war in June, 1944, the men of 3rd Battalion were faced with brutal fighting against horrendous odds. Later in the year, nearly five months in combat with no relief lead to heavy losses that reduced them ...

Combat Aircraft 131: Me 210/410 Zerstoerer Units

Product code:  29108AVI
Intended as a progressive development of the twin-engined Bf 110 Zerstoerer ('destroyer' or heavy fighter), the Me 210 first took to the air in September 1939. However, due to a lack of sufficient flight-testing before being declared service-ready, the Me 210 suffered from a less than satisfactory reputation in respect to its flight characteristics and weak undercarriage. After enhancements were made to the fuselage and wings, and the power of the plane was increased, the Me 210 became the Me 41...

Air Campaign 13: Guadalcanal 1942-43 Japan's Bid to Knock Out Henderson Field and the Cactus Air Force

Product code:  35512AVI
The campaign for Guadalcanal, which stretched from August 1942 until February 1943, centered on Henderson Field. The airfield was captured by the US on 8 August and placed into operation by 20 August. As long as the airfield was kept operational and stocked with sufficient striking power, the Japanese could not run convoys with heavy equipment and large amounts of supplies to the island. Instead, they were forced to rely on night runs by destroyers which could not carry enough men or supplies to...

The Men Who Killed the Luftwaffe: The US Army Air Forces Against Germany in World War II

Product code:  37166AVI2
When World War II began, the United States' air forces numbered only 45,000 men and a few thousand aircraft - hardly enough to defend the country, let alone defeat the German Luftwaffe, the world's most formidable air force. Yet by war's end, the Luftwaffe had been crushed, and the U.S. Army Air Forces had delivered the decisive blows. The Men Who Killed the Luftwaffe tells the story of the striking transformation - one of the marvels of modern warfare - that enabled the U.S. to crush the air fo...

Warplane Plus No.01 A-17 The Complete History of the Northrop Attack Planes and its Export Derivatives

Product code:  62710AVI
The Northrop A-17, was a development of the Northrop Gamma 2F was a two-seat, single-engine, monoplane, attack bomber built in 1935 by the Northrop Corporation for the U.S. Army Air Corps. A-17s used by air forces of the British Commonwealth designated the aircraft as the “Nomad.” Although none of the US operated aircraft were involved in combat, a large number of machines served in a vital role as trainer for commonwealth pilots during World War Two. The export variant Douglas 8A did fire its g...

Polish Wings 27: French Flying Boats 1918-39

Product code:  58501AVI
This new book in the popular Polish Wings series tells the story of French flying boats in the service of the Polish Navy Air Force from the end of the First World War to the outbreak of the Second World War. During this period, the Polish naval air force used a number of French flying boats, mainly Schreck FBA 17 (a 1920s training flying boat), Liore et Olivier LeO H-13 and its variant H-135 (a 1920s biplane twin-engined flying boat reconnaissance-bomber) and Latham 43 (a flying boat bomber). A...

Spitfires Over Berlin: Desperation and Devastation During WW2 Final Months

Product code:  58047AVI
Spitfires Over Berlin tells the story of the desperate battles that took place over the western front from January 1 to May 8 1945.

Nachtjagd Combat Archive 1944 Part 1 1 Jan to 15 March

Product code:  92608AVI
In simple terms, the NCA is a comprehensive record of over 6000 Luftwaffe Night Fighter Claims and over 2100 Flak claims which have been painstakingly matched to RAF Bomber Command losses resulting in over 95% of them now being identified. This means that for the first time ever, the fate of the vast majority of RAF Bomber Command losses can be clearly understood with exact locations, times and identities of the pilots or Flak units responsible for bringing them down. This wealth of information ...

Legends of Warfare: Avro Lancaster: RAF Bomber Command's Heavy Bomber in World War II

Product code:  58456AVI
The Avro Lancaster was the Royal Air Force's main four-engine bomber in World War II. Its superb design, overall performance, and load-carrying capacity proved key factors in successfully prosecuting the nocturnal bombing offensive against Hitler's industrial and military base. With its ability to carry up to 16,000 pounds in explosives and incendiaries, specialist Lancasters could also deliver the 12,000-pound "Tallboy" and 22,000-pound "Grand Slam" bombs that took out key targets.

Legends of Warfare: SBD Dauntless Douglas's US Navy and Marine Corps Dive-Bomber in World War II

Product code:  58463AVI
The Douglas Dauntless was the US Navy's frontline dive-bomber in the early days of WWII. Even after the larger and more powerful Helldiver joined the fleet in the later stages of the war, the Dauntless remained in the fray, flying from the decks of escort carriers, which were too small to permit the operation of the later aircraft, as well as continuing to serve from the decks of fleet carriers. The Dauntless took part in many of the most notable battles of the war in the Pacific, including Cora...

The Bell P39 Airacobra and P63 Kingcobra Fighters Soviet Service During World War II

Product code:  56803AVI
Under the Lend-Lease agreement with the US during WWII, the Soviet Union received large quantities of war materiel, including many aircraft; the Bell P-39 Airacobra takes a special place among them. The P-39 was dismissed as hardly suitable for combat both by the US and England, who turned it over in large numbers to the USSR. Soviet pilots had different views, though, and achieved excellent results while flying the type; over twenty Soviet aces flew the P-39. As air combat over the Russian fro...