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  • Curtiss P-40 - Long-nosed Tomahawksby Carl Molesworth

    Osprey Publishing 2013; US$ 15.95

    The initial version of the Curtiss P-40, designated by the manufacturer as the Hawk H-81, combined the established airframe of the earlier radial-powered H-75 (P-36) fighter with the Allison V-1710 liquid-cooled engine. The year was 1939, and the marriage was one of expediency. With the threat of war in Europe growing by the day, the US Army Air... more...

  • P-40 Warhawk vs Bf 109by Carl Molesworth; Jim Laurier

    Osprey Publishing 2011; US$ 15.95

    Although the P-40 and the Bf 109 both joined the air war over North Africa at nearly the same time in early 1941, the venerable German fighter was already fully sorted with a combat career dating back to 1937 in Spain, while the American fighter was making its combat debut in the hands of the RAF's Desert Air Force. Both aircraft were low-wing designs... more...

  • Very Long Range P-51 Mustang Units of the Pacific Warby Carl Molesworth; Jim Laurier

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 16.95

    The pilots called themselves the 'Tokyo Club'. It was a simple task to become a member. All you had to do was strap yourself into a heavily loaded P-51 Mustang, take off from Iwo Jima (a postage-stamp sized volcanic island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean), fly 650 miles north over the sea - often through monsoon storms - in your single-engined aircraft... more...

  • P-40 Warhawk Aces of the CBIby Carl Molesworth; Jim Laurier

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 15.95

    This book details the colourful experiences of the elite pilots of the AAF's Tenth and Fourteenth Air Forces in the 'forgotten' China-Burma-India theatre during WW2. Inheriting the legacy of the American Volunteer Group (AVG), units such as the 23rd FG 'held the line' against overwhelming Japanese forces until the arrival of the first P-38s and P-51s... more...

  • P-40 Warhawk Aces of the Pacificby Carl Molesworth; Jim Laurier

    Osprey Publishing 2013; US$ 15.95

    The first USAAF fighters to engage the Japanese in World War 2, a handful of P-40s rose to defend Pearl Harbor from attack on the morning of 7 December 1941. Warhawk units were also heavily involved in the ill-fated fight to stem invading Japanese forces in the Philippines and Java between December 1941 and April 1942 and again in the Gilbert and Marshall... more...

  • P-40 Warhawk Aces of the MTOby Carl Molesworth; Jim Laurier

    Osprey Publishing 2013; US$ 15.95

    Thrown into action following the Torch landings of late 1942, the ?green? American pilots flying the obsolescent P-40F suffered cruelly at the hands of seasoned German fighter pilots flying superior machines. Those that survived learnt quickly, and a handful of Warhawk pilots succeeded in making ace by the time the Axis forces surrendered in North... more...

  • 23rd Fighter Groupby Carl Molesworth; Jim Laurier

    Osprey Publishing 2013; US$ 16.95

    Staffed with inexperienced USAAF pilots and led by a handful of seasoned veterans of the American Volunteer Group (AVG), the 23rd FG was formed in the field at Kunming, in China, on July 4, 1942 and flew combat missions that same day. The group's three squadrons - the 74th, 75th and 76th Fighter Squadrons - were initially equipped with war-weary P-40s... more...

  • 57th Fighter Group - First in the Blueby Carl Molesworth; Jim Laurier

    Osprey Publishing 2013; US$ 16.95

    Organized in January 1941, just as the United States was building up military forces for its inevitable entry into World War II, the 57th Fighter Group was the first USAAF fighter unit to go into action in North Africa. It went on to establish a number of other "firsts" during its illustrious combat history in this theater. Flying P-40 Warhawks, the... more...

  • P-40 Warhawk vs Ki-43 Oscarby Carl Molesworth; Jim Laurier; Mark Postlethwaite

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 15.95

    Known for the distinctive "sharkmouths" decoration on their noses, P-40 fighters first saw combat in China during World War II.Their most common adversary was the Japanese Nakajima Ki-43, nicknamed "Oscar." Carl Molesworth describes and explains the design and development of these two foes, the products of two vastly different philosophies of fighter... more...

  • Curtiss P-40 -Snub-nosed Kittyhawks and Warhawksby Carl Molesworth; Adam Tooby; Richard Chasemore

    Osprey Publishing 2013; US$ 15.95

    An improved version of the Allison V-1710 engine gave rise to the Curtiss H-87, which began life in 1941 as the P-40D and featured a completely redesigned fuselage. The shorter and deeper nose of the new fighter gave it a decidedly snub-nosed appearance compared to the earlier P-40 models. Curtiss continued to tweak the H-87 for the next... more...

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