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

The Bell P39 Airacobra and P63 Kingcob
AUTHOR Yefim Gordon, Sergey Komissarov, Dmitriy Komissarov
BINDING Hardback
NO OF PAGES 240
ILLUSTRATIONS Colour, B&W Photos & illustrations
£47.99

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 front was conducted mostly at low altitudes, the P-39 came into its own. Innovative tactics and motivation, coupled with the P-39's sturdy construction and adequate firepower, proved successful for the Soviets. The P-39 was in Soviet service since 1942; nearly 5,000 were supplied and used on the Soviet-German front, along with 2,400 P-63 Kingcobras, which saw only limited action against Japan at the close of the war.

AUTHOR Yefim Gordon, Sergey Komissarov, Dmitriy Komissarov
BINDING Hardback
NO OF PAGES 240
ILLUSTRATIONS Colour, B&W Photos & illustrations
PRODUCT CODE 56803AVI
AVAILABILITY In Stock
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£47.99