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Ju 88 Aces of World War 2 by Robert Forsyth

Title Ju 88 Aces of World War 2
Author Robert Forsyth
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Release 2019-01-24
Category History
Total Pages 96
ISBN 1472829220
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Initially designed as a fast medium bomber, the Junkers Ju 88 was also used as a Zerstörer heavy fighter by the Luftwaffe. It saw its combat debut over Poland in 1939, and heavy fighter variants saw action on every front up to VE Day. The ultimate Ju 88 fighter variant was the G-model of 1944, which boasted a FuG 220 or 227 radar, an astounding array of cannon and machine gun armament and advanced Junkers Jumo or BMW engines. A dedicated nightfighter, the first Ju 88G-1s entered service with the Nachtjagd in the summer of 1944, replacing Ju 88C/Rs as well as some Bf 110Gs. Despite suffering heavy losses in the final months of the war, Ju 88Gs also inflicted serious casualties on Bomber Command throughout the war. From patrolling over the Bay of Biscay, to the Arctic circle opposing Allied convoys and, most successfully, as radar-equipped nightfighters engaging RAF heavy bombers during defence of the Reich operations from late 1941, this is the story of the Ju 88 aces who menaced Allied aircraft and shipping throughout World War 2.

Title Ju 88 Aces of World War 2
Author John Weal
Publisher Osprey Publishing
Release 2017-03-21
Category History
Total Pages 96
ISBN 9781472808400
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Seeing action on every front of the war, the aces of the Junkers Ju 88 were some of the most valuable pilots in the Luftwaffe. Although designed as a fast medium bomber, the Ju 88's highly versatile design meant that it was also used as a heavy day and night fighter. This allowed it to combat Allied aircraft in every theater, from Poland and France, to the attacks on the Arctic convoys, before moving on to be the scourge of Bomber Command in its bombing campaign over Germany after 1941. Focusing on the aces who flew this adaptable and deadly aircraft, this vividly illustrated study investigates their service during World War II with the help of thirty profiles of the aircraft, depicting the various schemes designed to blend them into the snow and ice of the Arctic and the black of the German night.

Title World War II Fighter Planes Spotter s Guide
Author Tony Holmes
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Release 2021-02-04
Category History
Total Pages 192
ISBN 1472848527
Language English, Spanish, and French
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World War II saw pilots from around the world battling in the skies over Europe, Asia and Africa, with victory resting upon their nerve, skill and the capabilities of some of history's most iconic aircraft. In the chaos of battle, it was vital that they could quickly identify friend from foe. But do you know your Hurricane from your Bf 109, or what the legendary P-51 Mustang looks like? Do you know the wingspan of the A6M Zero-sen, or how fast it could fly? THE WORLD WAR II FIGHTER PLANES SPOTTER'S GUIDE answers all of these questions and more, providing essential information on over 90 legendary aircraft, from the celebrated Spitfire to the jet-powered Me 262. Featuring full-colour artwork to aid recognition, as well as all the details you need to assess their performance, this is the perfect pocket guide to the Allied and Axis fighters of World War II.

Title Dornier Do 217 Units of World War 2
Author Chris Goss
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Release 2021-09-16
Category History
Total Pages 96
ISBN 1472846184
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Do 217 had a much larger bomb load capacity and had considerably greater range than the Do 17, which it replaced in frontline service from mid to late 1941. Although initially used simply as a bomber, later variants were developed to allow the Do 217 to undertake the precision maritime strike role. In order to perform the latter mission, the Do 217 was modified to launch glide bombs – units employing these pioneering weapons enjoyed some success in the Mediterranean from the autumn of 1943. During the course of these operations the Do 217 became the first aircraft in military aviation history to deploy a precision-guided bomb in combat in the form of the 'Fritz X' radio-guided, free-fall weapon, which sank the Italian battleship Roma shortly after Italy capitulated in September 1943. The Do 217 served on all fronts, and was often used on anti-shipping strikes during the Battle of the Atlantic and against the Allied invasion fleet at Normandy. This versatile aircraft was also converted into a nightfighter, seeing action in the Defense of the Reich through to war's end. This highly illustrated study explores the design and development of the Do 217 and chronicles its use in the frontline as a strategic bomber, launch platform for first generation precision weapons, reconnaissance aircraft and nightfighter, among others.

Mosquito Aces of World War 2 by Andrew Thomas

Title Mosquito Aces of World War 2
Author Andrew Thomas
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Release 2013-02-20
Category History
Total Pages 96
ISBN 1472802403
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Mosquito developed into one of the most versatile aircraft of World War 2, entering service with Fighter Command in early 1942. The 'Mossie' was soon defending raids on Britain's Cathedral cities and became an integral part of the country's night defences. Its airborne radar gave it the ability to 'see' the enemy at night, and its speed and devastating fire power made it the finest nightfighter deployed by any side during World War 2. This book examines the infamous Mosquito, the nightfighter that was used by many leading RAF, Commonwealth and American aces.

Title Soviet Hurricane Aces of World War 2
Author Yuriy Rybin
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Release 2012-08-20
Category History
Total Pages 96
ISBN 1849087423
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Following the destruction wrought on the Red Army Air Forces during the first days of Operation Barbarossa in June 1941, the Soviet Union found itself desperately short of fighter aircraft. Premier Josef Stalin duly appealed directly to Prime Minister Winston Churchill for replacement aircraft, and in late 1941 the British delivered the first of 3360 Hurricanes that would be supplied to the Soviet Union under the Lend-Lease agreement. Specifically requested by the USSR, the Hurricanes were quickly thrown into action in early 1942 – the Soviet Air Forces' most difficult year in their opposition to the Luftwaffe. Virtually all the Hurricanes were issued to Soviet fighter regiments in the northern sector of the front, where pilots were initially trained to fly the aircraft by RAF personnel that had accompanied the early Hawker fighters to the USSR. The Hurricane proved to be an easy aircraft to master, even for the poorly trained young Soviet pilots, allowing the Red Army to form a large number of new fighter regiments quickly in the polar area. In spite of a relatively poor top speed, and only a modest rate-of-climb, the Hurricane was the mount of at least 17 Soviet aces.

Title Beaufighter Aces of World War 2
Author Andrew Thomas
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Release 2013-02-20
Category History
Total Pages 96
ISBN 1472802314
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Entering service at the end of the Battle of Britain, the pugnacious Bristol Beaufighter was deployed in numbers by Fighter Command just in time for the start of the Luftwaffe's night 'Blitz' on Britain. Flown by specialised nightfighter squadrons – several of them elite pre-war Auxiliary Air Force units – it was the first nightfighter to be equipped with an airborne radar as standard. Thus equipped, it combined the ability to 'see' the enemy at night with the devastating hitting power of four cannon and six machine guns. This book covers the exploits of the men who made ace in the Beaufighter and includes stunning original artwork together with first hand accounts of the action.

Title LaGG Lavochkin Aces of World War 2
Author George Mellinger
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Release 2012-10-20
Category History
Total Pages 96
ISBN 1782005528
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This book examines the LaGG family of fighters, that were amongst the first modern piston-engined interceptors made available to the Red Air Forces in early 1941and proved far better fighters than their radial-engined predecessors. Despite technical maladies and political interference from Moscow, the LaGG-3 matured into an effective fighter when flown to its strengths at low level. Many early Soviet aces were weaned on the LaGG-3, and if they survived the early massacres of 1941-42, they went on to fly the Lavochkin family of fighters. Indeed, the Lavochkin La-3, -5 and -7 were the fighters of choice for Heroes of the Soviet Union such as Ivan Kozhedub, who claimed 62 kills.

MiG 3 Aces of World War 2 by Dmitriy Khazanov

Title MiG 3 Aces of World War 2
Author Dmitriy Khazanov
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Release 2013-05-20
Category History
Total Pages 96
ISBN 1780960298
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The MiG-1/3 family of fighters was built to satisfy a Soviet Air Force requirement for an advanced, fast, high-altitude fighter. Entering service in the spring of 1941, the problematic MiG-1 had its handling issues rectified with the hasty production of the MiG-3. Many of these were destroyed on the ground when the Germans launched Operation Barbarossa. Nevertheless, enough examples survived to allow pilots such as Stepan Suprun and Aleksandr Pokryshkin to claim a number of victories in the type. This book tells the complete story of the men who made ace in the first examples of the famous MiG fighter.

Title American Nightfighter Aces of World War 2
Author Warren Thompson
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Release 2013-02-20
Category History
Total Pages 96
ISBN 1472801881
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Americans lagged behind their European contemporaries in military aviation in the late 1930s, and it took the Battle of Britain to awaken America to the necessity of having aircraft that could defend targets against night-time attack by bomber aircraft. This book examines the numerous aircraft types that were used by the US in this role, beginning with the early stop-gap conversions like the TBM Avenger, Lockheed Ventura and the A-20 Havoc (P-70). It goes on to detail the combat history of the newer, radar-equipped Hellcats, Corsairs and Black Widows that were designed to seek out enemy aircraft and which registered most of the kills made by the Navy, Marine Corps and USAAF in 1944–45. With full-colour profiles and rare photographs, this is an absorbing account of an underestimated flying force: the American Nightfighters.

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