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Javelin Boys - Air Defence from the Cold War to Confrontation

Product code:  67353AVI
The author has interviewed a number of veterans, all with captivating tales of their time on the aircraft. Alongside their anecdotes is a detailed history of this unusual aircraft, accompanied by photography never seen before in print.

The Cactus Air Force: Air War over Guadalcanal

Product code:  51079AVI
Using diary entries, interviews and first-hand accounts, this vivid narrative brings to life the struggle in the air over the island of Guadalcanal between August 20 and November 15, 1942. For 40 years from 1961, the late Eric Hammel interviewed more than 150 American participants in the air campaign at Guadalcanal, none of whom are still alive. These interviews are the most comprehensive first-person accounts of the battle assembled by any historian.

Air Campaign 32: Arctic Convoys 1942 - The Luftwaffe cuts Russia's Lifeline

Product code:  52434AVI
A new history of the most crucial few months of the Arctic Convoys, when Germany's air power forced the Allies to retreat to the cover of winter. Between spring and autumn 1942, Germany was winning the battle of the Arctic Convoys. Half of PQ-15 was sunk in May, PQ-17 was virtually obliterated in July, and in September 30 percent of PQ-18 was sunk. The Allies were forced to suspend the convoys until December, when the long Arctic nights would shield them. Mark Lardas argues that in 1942, it was ...

The Mighty Eighth: Masters of the Air Over Europe 1942-45

Product code:  54216AVI
This is a superbly illustrated examination of the aircraft, pilots, crews and operations of the US Eighth Air Force. The US Eighth Air Force-known as the Mighty Eighth was a combat air force activated in Georgia, USA on January 28 1942. Its bomber command soon moved to Northern Europe to conduct strategic bombing missions, seeking to destroy Germany's ability to wage war. Among the major operations it participated in were Big Week in February 1944. The D-Day landings in June 1944; and the defeat...

Airframe & Miniature No.19 The Lockheed P-38 Lightining including the F4 and F5

Product code:  32276AVI
The P-38 Lightning is a popular aircraft type with modellers and has recently been the subject of several new toolings in all scales. Our latest book goes some way towards unpicking the different variants and colourful schemes that apply to the type. This nineteenth book in our much-acclaimed series contains 256 pages packed with vital information that no active modeller and USAAF enthusiast should be without.

Spitfire Down: Fighter Boys Who Failed to Return

Product code:  89470AVI
Profoundly moved by the stories of wartime casualties as a child, Dilip Sarkar has since spent a lifetime reconstructing the lives of many of the fallen and is passionate about recording and sharing this very personal hidden history. In Spitfire Down he explores the stories of thirteen pilots who failed to return, all killed, either in action or flying accidents, whilst a fourteenth, Flying Officer Buck Casson, was brought down by a German ace over France and captured.

Air Campaign 31: Gothic Line 1944-45 The USAAF Starves Out The German Army

Product code:  53417AVI
This is the history of how the mighty Gothic Line was defeated by American air power, in one of the most pivotal but least-known air campaigns of World War II. By late 1944, the Italian Campaign was secondary to the campaigns in France, and Allied forces were not strong enough to break the Germans' mighty Gothic Line. These fortifications were supplied by rail through the Alps, with trains arriving hourly and delivering 600,000 tons of supplies a month, enough to keep the German Army going forever.

DogFight 4: F-86A Sabre Korea 1950-51

Product code:  50355AVI
Strap in alongside the Sabre pilots as they experienced the world's first large-scale jet-vs-jet combats. Brought to life with innovative tactical artwork and dramatic first-hand accounts from the pilots themselves. The F-86A Sabre had entered USAF service in 1949, and in December 1950 three squadrons were sent to South Korea.

Monograph 3088 Lavochkin La-7

Product code:  94058AVI
Detailed articles, colour photographs and profile drawings include of this iconic aircraft.

Top Drawings 7130 Bristol Blenheim Mk I, Mk IF, Finnish Variant, Mk IV,IV/IVF

Product code:  94041AVI
Begins with a brief introduction and continues with a plethora of line drawings in various scales as well as colour profiles.

Polish Wings 34: Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-15 and Licence Build Versions

Product code:  49920AVI
The famous jest fighter Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-15 and its variants in the Polish Air Force are described in unparalleled detail. Includes many unpublished photos from the private collections. The colour schemes and markings are described and illustrated in a series of specially commissioned colour profiles.

The Fighting Colours of Richard J. Caruana No.3 EE/BAC Lightning

Product code:  49906AVI
Retired from service close to a quarter century ago the English Electric (BAC) Lightning has become a cult subject with aviation enthusiasts, especially those who, like the author, remember seeing this mighty interceptor take to the air. As its Avons roared, it rotated on take-off, snaped in the main undercarriage like a flash, and then sat on its tail to go into a vertical climb disappearing to in the deep blue above, all within a few seconds. On its introduction into service, Royal Air Force ...