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Legends of Warfare: P-38 Lightning Vol 2 - Lockheed's P-38J to P-38M in World War II

Product code:  58227AVI
This second of two volumes continues the P-38 story by focusing on the later, mass-produced models of this historic fighteraP-38J through P-38M. Each type is examined through carefully researched archival photos, as well as photographs of currently preserved examples. Known to the enemy during World War II as the "Fork-tailed devil," the pilots of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning were charged with the responsibility of escorting American bombers deep over heavily defended Europe during the early year...

Early U.S. Navy Carrier Raids, February-April 1942: Five Operations That Tested A New Dimension of American Air Power

Product code:  78467AVI
After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, America's fast carrier task forces, with their aircraft squadrons and powerful support warships, went on the offensive. Under orders from the Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King, the newly appointed Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, as the Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Fleet, took the fight to the Japanese, using island raids to slow their advance in the Pacific. Beginning in February 1942, a series of task force raids led by the carriers USS Enterprise, USS Yor...

Images of War: Air War Over North Africa - USAAF Ascendant - Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

Product code:  81792AVI
The year 1942 began badly for the Allies. German U-boats were indiscriminately sinking merchant shipping off America's east coast and in the Caribbean. Allied fortunes were no better in the Far East under the relentless Japanese advance. America was struggling to hold the Philippines, while the Soviet Union was fighting a series of bitter winter battles against Hitler's Wehrmacht at the gates of Moscow. General Erwin Rommel's surprise offensive in North Africa brought a renewed threat to the Mid...

Air Campaign 12: Ploesti 1943 The Great Raid on Hitler's Romanian Oil Refineries

Product code:  31804AVI
Operation Tidal Wave was one of the boldest and most controversial air raids by the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). At the time, the Romanian Ploesti oil fields produced about a third of all Axis oil, and was Germany's single most important fuel source. In the summer of 1943, the USAAF decided to stage a major raid on Ploesti from air bases in Libya. The resulting Operation Tidal Wave raid on 1 August 1943 was one of the costliest to date, losing 53 aircraft, about a third of the starting...

Duel 98 German Flak Defences vs Allied Heavy Bombers 1942-45

Product code:  36717AVI
The air battle that raged over Germany has often been described as a battle between Allied and German fighters but what has been frequently missed by historians on all sides is the impact of German anti-aircraft defences (flak). Though often dismissed as ineffective and a waste of valuable material and personnel, the German flak arm made a major contribution to the defence of the Third Reich - at least half of the American aircraft shot down over Germany fell to flak, and according to the RAF Of...

Luftwaffe in Africa 1941-1943

Product code:  07458AVI
Adolf Hitler considered the Mediterranean an unimportant theater of the war, leaving it to the troops of Benito Mussolini who wanted to dominate the "Mare Nostro." Nevertheless, when the Italian army was defeated on the Libyan-Egyptian border at the beginning of 1941, the Fuhrer was forced to help his ally by sending an air detachment first to Sicily, then Africa. This Illustrated series examines that tiny expeditionary force, solely devoted to protecting Italian possessions in North Africa. Whe...

Soviet Union Air Aces 1941-1945 History of the Great Patriotic War

Product code:  41635AVI
With 768 pages of biographies of Soviet fighter pilots who fought in the Patriotic War, plus Aircraft profiles photos and colour images this is a major work on the Soviet air force for the period 1941-45.

Pacific Adversaries Volume One: Japanese Army Air Force vs The Allies New Guinea 1942-44

Product code:  03142AVI
This volume conveys detailed stories of aerial warfare in the South Pacific, chosen because both Japanese and Allied records can be matched for an accurate accounting. This first volume describes confrontations between the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) and the Allies in New Guinea and the Solomons.

Stuka Attack: The Dive-Bombing Assault on England Duing the Battle of Britain

Product code:  21478AVI
The Junkers 87 Stuka was an iconic weapon of World War Two and an aircraft name that was, and still is, instantly recognised worldwide. Its roles in Poland and the Battles of France and the Low Countries are almost legendary, but in the UK its import during the Battle of Britain is one that has never been covered in any specific detail. Here, Andy Saunders takes a critical look at every operation by Ju87s against British targets in 1940 including those on land and at sea.

Forgotten Few - Naval Fighter Pilots in the Battle of Britian

Product code:  54537AVI
This is one of those intriguing combinations that beguiles the reading public. A well-known story, but with an unexpected twist. Who knew that Royal Navy pilots fought in the battle of Britain including Douglas Bader’s wingman? Short biographies of 57 brave pilots, many decorated for heroism and some who did not survive the battle.

Winkle - Tribute to a Flying Legend

Product code:  54520AVI
Capt Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown was one the greatest aviators and test pilots in the world. Holder of numerous records, the one which most catches the public eye is the 487 different types of aircraft flown. It’s a record that will never be beaten. This handy compendium lists them all and includes photos and commentary from the great man. Ideal for anyone with an interest in aviation.

Spitfire Evolution

Product code:  54506AVI
It’s commonly thought that the Spitfire only had 24 variants, but in fact it had more than 70. The full evolution of this iconic aircraft is described in a handy sized book filled with beautiful illustrations of dozens of types and markings. Anything to do with the Spitfire sells and this is ideal for the Spitfire enthusiast.