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Pacific Profiles - Volume Three Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 100
ISBN: 9780648926207
Pub Date: 28 Mar 2021
Imprint: Avonmore Books
The Pacific Profiles series presents the most accurate WWII aircraft profiles to date of Japanese & Allied aircraft in the Pacific theatre. Volume Three illustrates, by squadron, USAAF Fifth Air Force A-20 series medium bombers operating in New Guinea from July 1942 to the end of 1944. In this distant theatre, a dozen USAAF A-20 squadrons from the 3rd, 312th and 417th Bombardment Groups, joined by No. 22 Squadron, RAAF, used many variants of the A-20, mainly as strafers. Squadron insignia, camouflage, heraldry, nose-art and command markings varied significantly between squadrons, giving a wide variety of colour schemes. The profiles, based on photos, diaries and other wide-ranging documents, are accompanied by brief histories of each squadron, the development of respective heraldry and information on each aircraft profiled. The author, Michael Claringbould, is world-renown for his expertise in respect to the A-20 in the Pacific, stemming from his direct involvement in locating and recovering one from New Guinea in 1984. These rare profiles, many appearing for the first time, accurately portray the A-20 during this captivating timeframe of the South Pacific air war.
Call Sign KLUSO Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781612009810
Pub Date: 15 Mar 2021
Imprint: Casemate Publishers
Eagle pilot Rick “Kluso” Tollini’s life has embodied childhood dreams and the reality of what the American experience could produce. In his memoir, Call Sign Kluso, Rick puts the fraught minutes above the Iraqi desert that made him an ace into the context of a full life; exploring how he came to be flying a F-15C in Desert Storm, and how that day became a pivotal moment in his life.Rick’s first experience of flying was in a Piper PA-18 over 1960s’ California as a small boy, and his love of flying through his teenage years was fostered by his pilot father, eventually blossoming into a decision to join the Air Force as a pilot in his late twenties. Having trained to fly jets he was assigned to fly the F-15 Eagle with the “Dirty Dozen,” the 12th Tactical Fighter Squadron, at Kadena AB, Japan before returning Stateside to the 58th Tactical Fighter Squadron “The Gorillas.” Throughout training Reagan’s fighter pilots expected to face was the Soviet Union, but Rick’s first combat deployment was Desert Storm. He recounts the planning, the preparation, and the missions, the life of a fighter pilot in a combat zone and the reality of combat. Rick’s aerial victory was one of 16 accumulated by the Gorillas, the most by any squadron during Desert Storm.Returning from the combat skies of Iraq, Rick continued a successful fulfilling Air Force career until, struggling to make sense of his life, he turned to Buddhism. His practice led him to leave the Air Force, to find a new vocation, and to finally come to terms with shooting down that MiG-25 Foxbat in the desert all those years before. Most importantly, he came to a deeper understanding of the importance of our shared humanity.
Pacific Profiles - Volume Two Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 100
ISBN: 9780648665991
Pub Date: 28 Jan 2021
Imprint: Avonmore Books
The Pacific Profiles series presents the most accurate WWII aircraft profiles to date of Japanese & Allied aircraft in the Pacific theatre. Volume Two illustrates, by unit, Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) bomber and other supporting aircraft types operating in New Guinea and the Solomons from December 1942 to April 1944. In this distant theatre many different aircraft types and their variants were assigned to a variety of bomber, reconnaissance, command and transport units which together formed the 4th Air Army. Unit insignia, camouflage and command markings varied considerably from unit to unit, giving a wide variety of colour, heraldry and markings. The profiles, based on photos, Japanese documents, Allied intelligence reports and post-war wreck investigations, are accompanied by brief histories of each relevant unit and explanations of their role in the theatre. The author, Michael Claringbould, is world-renown for his expertise in respect to wartime Japanese aviation. These profiles accurately portray JAAF bombers and support aircraft during this fascinating and esoteric timeframe of the Pacific air war.
South Pacific Air War Volume 4 Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9780648665977
Pub Date: 28 Jan 2021
Imprint: Avonmore Books
Volume Four chronicles aerial warfare in the South Pacific in the critical period between 19 June and 8 September 1942. It can be read alone or as a continuation of the first three volumes that spanned the first six months of the Pacific War, culminating in the Battle of the Coral Sea.   Unlike the previous three volumes, no aircraft carriers appeared in New Guinea waters. Instead, the air war was fought solely by land-based air units. This was in the face of an increasingly complex strategic situation that saw the Japanese land at both Buna and Milne Bay. For the first time, airpower in the theatre was tasked to support the land forces of both sides which became engaged in a bloody struggle in the mountains of Papua and then the narrow muddy quagmire of Milne Bay.   Two veteran Japanese air groups, the Tainan and No. 4 Kokutai, continued their Herculean struggle against mounting Allied opposition. In the face of continued attrition, Japanese pilots had many notable successes including several coveted aerial victories against B-17s. Then, from August a plethora of fresh Japanese units arrived in theatre including the No. 2, No. 6, Chitose, Misawa and Kisarazu Kokutai. USAAF P-39s and RAAF P-40Es responded with low level close support missions and B-25s, B-26s and B-17s ramped up an unrelenting bombing campaign. Towards the end of the period A-20A strafers made their combat debut, portending a radical blueprint for future attack tactics in the theatre.   Never before has this campaign been chronicled in such detail, with Allied accounts matched against Japanese records for a truly factual account of the conflict.
Normandie Niemen Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9782840485759
Pub Date: 14 Jan 2021
Imprint: Heimdal
Ils venaient des six coins de l'Hexagone, de tous les horizons, il y en a même qui venaient de notre Empire colonial éclaté. ils n'avaient pas tous la même culture, ni les mêmes convictions. Caporaux, sous-officiers et officiers, ils étaient de tous grades mais tous, sans exception, se portèrent volontaires. Ils n'étaient pas tous destinés à devenir des amis, et ils le devinrent même s'ils n'avaient pas tous suivi le même chemin, mais ils avaient tous le même but : le rétablissement, dans l'honneur, de la splendeur passée de leur Patrie. Ils nous ont tous quitté aujourd'hui mais ils n'ont jamais failli à leur tâche immense, celle de redorer le blason des Ailes françaises, de ressouder ses ailes fracturées, pour à travers elles, redonner à la France le niveau qui était le sien avant cette funeste année 1940 où elles furent, injustement, jugées responsables de sa défaite. Les Russes leur ont fourni de remarquables outils avec lesquels ils ont façonné le joyau que fut leur unité : le groupe de chasse Normandie devenu, par la volonté des Soviétiques, le Régiment Normandie-Niemen. De nombreux ouvrages ont déjà rapporté leurs exploits, mais ils méritent que leur mémoire soit encore et encore célébrée, et portée comme exemple pour les générations futures pour faire comprendre comment la France pays vaincu, bafoué, martyrisé a pu, grâce à une poignée d'entre eux - 96 exactement - en quatre ans, se rasseoir au banc des grandes nations en montrant au Monde que la France combattait sur tous les fronts. Il suffit parfois de l'ardeur d'une poignée d'hommes au combat pour convaincre et forcer l'admiration de certains - Staline en l'occurrence. C'est le portrait d'une quinzaine d'entre eux qui est brossé dans ces pages ainsi qu'une description abondamment illustrée par des profils couleurs de leurs «montures» : les chasseurs Yakovlev, choisis sans doute parce que leur moteur était une évolution du moteur français Hispano-Suiza 12Y français. L'auteur, ancien président de l'aéro-club de Caen, lui-même organisateur de meetings aériens du Souvenir a très bien connu le général Risso, qui fut directeur des Meetings Nationaux dans les années 70 puis, plus tard, quand il venait en Normandie, de temps en temps pour des commémorations. Il a construit plusieurs saynètes pour le musée des Andelys et a été invité le 20 juin 1999 à la cérémonie suivie du banquet à l'issue duquel le général Risso, en compagnie du Commandant Lorillon, a déclaré que faute d'adhérents, il se voyait contraint de mettre fin à l'association des Anciens du Normandie-Niemen 39-45. Il a déclaré que désormais leur épopée appartenait à l'Histoire. Le général Risso nous a quitté le 24 novembre 2005 et le commandant Lorillon le 17 février 2013. Il restait alors deux survivants des pilotes du Normandie de la Seconde Guerre mondiale : Jean Sauvage et Gaël Taburet. Jean Sauvage est décédé le 22 août 2014 et Gaël Taburet le 10 février 2017. Ce jour-là, avec sa disparition, une page de gloire de l'Armée de l'Air a été tournée. Ces 96 héros appartiennent désormais à l'Histoire. François Robinard a recueilli les souvenirs de cinq d'entre eux, sauvés par l'histoire, principalement ceux du Général Risso. Ils constituent la base de cet ouvrage.   They came from across France, from all walks of life and all military ranks, but joined together as volunteers as the French fighter group, Normandy-Niemen after France had fallen to the Nazis. This book provides a portrait of fifteen pilots and is illustrated with colour profiles of their planes, the Soviet “Yak” fighters.  Becoming operational in 1943 the squadron were a formidable military unit battling alongside the Soviets on the Eastern Front. The author, former president of the Caen flying club, and an organiser of Memorial airshows, knew pilot General Risso personally. Text in French.
Henschel Hs 126 B-1 Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 24
ISBN: 9788366549166
Pub Date: 13 Jan 2021
Imprint: MMP Books
Series: Single
This book is a compilation of the 4-view color profiles, scale plans, and photo details of the single variant of the Henschel Hs 126B-1. Illustrated are plans in 1/72 and 1/48 scales plus drawings from wartime technical manuals. Also included are photos of the details in B&W and color.
Equipaggiamenti da volo italiani del dopoguerra - Post WWII Flying Equipment in Italian Service Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9788895011172
Pub Date: 05 Jan 2021
Imprint: RN Publishing
A complete guide to the Italian Armed Forces and State Corps flight equipment, from 1946 up today. An unpublished and in-depth work that deals for the first time with an often disregarded subject, and that will be for of interest to all enthusiasts and collectors. This book provides a very in-depth overview on the flying equipment used by the Italian air arms and State corps from the post-WWII era up to the present day. Most of the information included is published for the first time, and concern flight helmets, oxygen masks, flying suits, anti-g pants, parachutes, life jackets, boots, gloves, glasses, watches, and more. More than 700 images form the iconographic part, offering a complete coverage on this subject, which so often has been disregarded. Many photos show not only objects and equipment, but also their details, such as labels, logos, zips, buttons, etc. providing an excellent reference for all the collectors. The book has been realized by Claudio Canton, a well known collector and expert.
South African Air Force Fighter Colors Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 88
ISBN: 9788360672334
Pub Date: 04 Jan 2021
Imprint: Model Centrum Progres
Series: Warplane Color Gallery
Once the East African Campaign was concluded, some of the SAAF Fighter Squadrons, operating in Ethiopia and Sudan, moved north to Egypt to partake in the campaign in Palestine and the Desert War. 1 Squadron operated Hawker Hurricanes, while 2 Squadron operated the American built P-40 Tomahawks. 4 Squadron also transisioned to Egypt and soon joined 2 Squadron, flying the Curtiss P-40 Tomahawk. These two units were also joined by 5 Squadron, which had been formed and trained in the Union of South Africa. All three these units would eventually fly different marks of the P-40 Kittyhawk towards the end of the campaign. The ferocity of the aerial campaign over the North African desert and coastal plains can be illustrated by facts such as the numbers of fighter aircraft involved. The three SAAF Squadrons alone operated at least around 275 Tomahawks, that the author had been able to indentify. This was followed by a similar number of Kittyhawk Mk. I and Kittyhawk Mk. II aircraft. The SAAF would also operate more than 160 Kittyhawk Mk. II and Mk. IV fighters in the late stages of this campaign and the follow-up campaign in Italy. The different SAAF squadrons that eventually operated Hurricanes, also operated well in excess of 200 Hurricanes of different models during their time in North Africa.   This volume covers the combat history of these fighter squadrons during the campaign, as well as the colors and markings of their aircraft. Primary sources, such as Squadron War Diaries, Pilot Logbooks, Personal Diaries, Aircraft Movement Cards, Medical and Incident Reports, Combat Reports and Supplementary reports, were used in the preparation of the text contained herein. This volume contains 88 pages, 20 full-color plates and 95 b&wphotos, indicating the people and aircraft operated by these squadrons.   This volume will be followed by a third volume, tracing the onwards history of these squadrons as well as additional SAAF Fighter Squadrons during the final months of the campaign in North Africa. More volumes will follow, detailing the SAAF Fighter Squadron operations in Malta and the campaign in Sicily, Italy and the Balkans.
Aux Origines D'Air France Cfrna-Cidna Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 232
ISBN: 9782840485629
Pub Date: 24 Nov 2020
Imprint: Heimdal
L’Europe, morcelée par la chute des empires centenaires à la fin de la Grande Guerre, dut se réinventer. La France avait les moyens de bâtir son avenir sur ses acquis ancestraux, alors que, pour certains nouveaux États européens, presque tout restait à faire. Des politiciens visionnaires souhaitaient créer des contacts entre ces deux mondes, mais la multiplicité des frontières et la lenteur des transports empêchaient toute collaboration efficace. Pierre de Fleurieu, un héros de l'aviation de chasse de 23 ans, apporta la solution. Grâce au soutien financier de la Marmorosch Blank Bank, de l'État français et de plusieurs pays européens, il conçut et mis en place la Compagnie franco-roumaine de navigation aérienne - la première compagnie aérienne véritablement européenne qui, dès 1922, étendit son réseau de Paris à Istanbul. L'avionneur Henri Potez, qui partageait les idées de Pierre de Fleurieu sur l'avenir de l’aviation commerciale, convertit en un temps record des avions militaires en avions civils, et d’anciens pilotes de chasse se muèrent en pilotes de ligne; des aéroports militaires furent équipés d'aérogares et d'ateliers. Dès 1923, les avions de la CFRNA transportaient des passagers, du fret et du courrier, de jour comme de nuit. La compagnie joua également un grand rôle dans l’amélioration de la sécurité avec le développement des prévisions météorologiques et l’utilisation de la TSF à bord des appareils. En 1925, la CFRNA changea de nom pour devenir la CIDNA - Compagnie internationale de navigation aérienne. En 1933, l'État français réunit les cinq grandes compagnies aériennes françaises - Air Union, Air Orient, Lignes Farman, l'Aéropostale et la CIDNA - pour créer Air France. Dès ses débuts, la compagnie nationale prit à son compte les infrastructures au sol, et ouvrit ses portes au personnel expérimenté de la CIDNA. Elle bénéficia en outre de l'immense prestige de l'aéronautique française créé en treize ans d'existence de la CFRNA-CIDNA dans toute l'Europe. Bien que l'oeuvre de la Compagnie souffrit lors de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, puis, suite à la mise en place du «Rideau de fer», son influence bénéfique sur le développement de l'aviation européenne est indéniable.
Modern USMC Air Power Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 80
ISBN: 9781950394029
Pub Date: 15 Nov 2020
Imprint: Harpia Publishing
As America’s expeditionary force-in-readiness, the US Marine Corps operates an eclectic mix of fixed-wing, rotary-wing, tiltrotor and unmanned aircraft to support the marine rifleman on the ground. The first two decades of the 21st century have seen an almost complete transformation of the marine air wings, as Cold War-era legacy aircraft yield to digital-age replacements. In Harpia’s first book dedicated to a North American air arm, Joe Copalman explains the significance of each aircraft transition in the Marine Corps over the previous 20 years – community by community – on the Marine Air-Ground Task Force and its ability to conduct amphibious and expeditionary warfare.   While some of these transitions, like that of the KC-130T to KC-130J and AH-1W to AH-1Z, have been incremental, evolutionary steps up, others like the tandem-rotor CH-46 Sea Knight to the tiltrotor MV-22 Osprey and the introduction of the F-35 Lightning II to replace all three of the Marine Corps’ tactical jets have revolutionised the way the service fights. In addition to introducing newer, vastly more capable and connected aircraft into its air wings, the Marine Corps has also invested heavily in keeping its remaining legacy fleets at the cutting edge of lethality and survivability throughout the final days of each type’s service.   Utilising a before-and-after approach, Copalman guides the reader through every transition in Modern USMC Air Power, examining what each legacy aircraft brought to the fight, and how the service’s newer platforms have improved upon those capabilities, especially when aided by new constructs like precision-guided ordnance and digital interoperability.
Battle of Britain Defenders Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 44
ISBN: 9788366549142
Pub Date: 06 Nov 2020
Imprint: MMP Books
Series: Spotlight ON
40 color profiles of the Hawker Hurricane I and Supermarine Spitfire I. Specially commissioned profiles with a high levels of detail.
NAA P-51B-1-NA Mustang Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 24
ISBN: 9788366549159
Pub Date: 06 Nov 2020
Imprint: MMP Books
Series: Single
This book is a compilation of the 4-view color profiles, scale plans, and photo details of the single variant of the NAA P-51B-1-NA. Illustrated are plans in 1/72 and 1/48 scales plus drawings from wartime technical manuals. Also, photos of the details in B&W and color are included.
Me 262 Contre P-51 Mustang Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 80
ISBN: 9782840485704
Pub Date: 05 Nov 2020
Imprint: Heimdal
Le Me 262 et le P-51 représentent un sommet en termes de design, de performance et de capacité au combat en raison de leur puissance de vol respectives. Avec ses débuts opérationnels à l'été 1944 et propulsé par le moteur Jumo 004, le ME 262 dépassait tout ce que les Alliés possédaient en puissance de feu et en vitesse. Cependant la disponibilité des deux machines ainsi que celle de pilotes entrainés devenait un problème insurmontable pour la Luftwaffe. Pendant ce temps, le P-51, avec son moteur Rolls-Royce (Packard) Merlin et ses réservoirs largables permet à la USAAF d'avoir un avion de combat capable d'escorter ses bombardiers au plus profond de l'espace aérien du Reich, et de revenir, et ce sur plus de 1 700 kilomètres. Bien plus encore, poussé à ses limites, le P-51 était capable de tenir la dragée haute au redouté Me 262, malgré la différence de puissance et de vitesse-limite. En fait, le Mustang permettra de prouver aux engins de la Luftwaffe qu'il serait sa Nemesis (son châtiment). Il s'agit ici de la version française d'un livre Osprey, premier d'une série.
Air War on the Eastern Front Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781612009087
Pub Date: 15 Oct 2020
Imprint: Casemate Publishers
Series: Casemate Illustrated
The Red Air Force versus the Luftwaffe in the skies over Eastern Europe. June 1941: Having conquered most of Western Europe, Adolf Hitler turned his attention to the vast Soviet Union. Disregarding his Non-Aggression Pact with Joseph Stalin, Hitler launched Operation Barbarossa, a full-scale invasion of the Soviet homeland... aimed squarely at Moscow. In the skies over Russia, the battle-hardened airmen of the Luftwaffe made short work of the Red Air Force during opening days of Barbarossa. To make matters worse, Stalin had executed many of his best pilots during the perennial "purges" of the 1930s. Thus, much of the Red Air Force was destroyed on the ground before meeting the Luftwaffe in the skies.  By 1944, however, the Soviet airmen had regained the initiative and fervently wrested air superiority from the now-ailing Axis Powers.
The Lost Graves of Peenemünde Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781999812898
Pub Date: 01 Oct 2020
Imprint: Fighting High Publishing
The raid on the secret rocket research establishment at Peenemünde on the Baltic coast in August 1943 has gone down in history as one of the most successful and remarkable of the war. The site was virtually obliterated, and the Germans forced to move rocket production and development elsewhere. But it came at a terrible cost. More than 40 bombers and 215 RAF aircrew failed to return. After the war, the bodies of many of those who were killed were recovered by the Missing Research and Enquiry Service (MRES) and buried in Commonwealth war graves. But not all. A series of mishaps and miscommunication led the MRES to search in the wrong place. Funds to continue the search dried up. And with the site falling into Russian hands, and access to British and US search parties severely restricted, the search ultimately had to be called off, and the remaining men commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial as having no known grave. But some of the missing men are still there, waiting to be found.With a foreword from Peenemünde raid veteran pilot George Dunn DFC L d'H, and illustrated with a wealth of previously unpublished photographs, Sean Feast and Mike McLeod tell the story of the forgotten graves of Peenemünde, the search to discover the truth about their final resting place, and the chance that their bodies may yet be discovered and returned.
Widowmaker Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 214
ISBN: 9781612009124
Pub Date: 01 Oct 2020
Imprint: Casemate Publishers
“Despite everything I felt very lucky to have flown Corsairs, they were the best you know even though it took me sometime to realise this when so many friends died flying them.” (Colin Facer, Corsair pilot, HMS Illustrious)   The Vought-Sikorsky Corsair was one of the most potent fighters of the Second World War. It was also one of the most flawed. Conceived by Rex Beisel, Vought’s Chief Designer during 1938, the US Navy condemned it as being too dangerous for carrier operations and refused to certify it safe for use at sea. With the British Aero Industry unable to build fighters with sufficient range and potentcy for carrier use the Admirtalty sought alternatives. With the Lend Lease programme, created by President Roosevelt, in place they could acquire weapons from American factories. In practice, this meant standing in line behind the US Navy, Marines and Army for service, but it still opened up new opportunities to be exploited. So, with newly built Corsairs being stockpiled and the promise of an improved version on the way, the RN saw a opening worthy of development and exploited it. By the end of the war the Fleet Air Arm had acquired more than 2,000 Corsairs to equip its squadrons. But the risks identified by the USN were largely ignored by the Royal Navy and far too many men and aircraft were lost in accidents as a result. Yet in the hands of experienced carrier pilots its virtues were only too apparent and, in due course, they achieved great things. Eventually, the US Navy noted this “success” and certified the Corsair for use on their carriers too, but the aircraft never entirely lost its reputation as a “widow maker.”   This book describes the Corsair’s development and tells the sad, but inspiring story of the young men who struggled and suffered to make the Corsair a going concern in the most vicious unforgiving war one can imagine. To do this the author met and corresponded with ninety or more veterans from America, Britain, New Zealand and Canada. Their recollections made this book possible and through their vivid memories we can experience what it felt like to be barely of age, a civilian called to arms and a fighter pilot.