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  • Spitfire Aces of North Africa and Italyby Andrew Thomas; Chris Davey

    Osprey Publishing 2013; US$ 15.95

    The Spitfire was the most iconic and famous British fighter of World War II and was first deployed to Egypt in the spring of 1942 as German success in North Africa reached its zenith. Although few in number, in their early battles with the Luftwaffe the RAF and South African Spitfire squadrons made an immediate impact and in contributed to the successful... 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...

  • F-86 Sabre Aces of the 4th Fighter Wingby Warren Thompson; Mark Styling

    Osprey Publishing 2013; US$ 15.95

    The entry of the United State?s premier jet interceptor into the Korean War was triggered by the ever-increasing presence of the Soviet-built MiG-15 south of the Yalu River. The possibility of the USAF losing air supremacy over the Korean Peninsula was unacceptable. The 4th Fighter Wing got the call for combat in Korea. They were made up of a combination... more...

  • Blue Moon over Cuba: Aerial Reconnaissance during the Cuban Missile Crisisby William B. Usn (Ret) Ecker

    Osprey Publishing 2013; US$ 9.95

    Most books on the Cuban Missile Crisis tell the story using the memoirs of those who advised President Kennedy as he struggled to avoid World War III. This book is the only known personal account of the lead photographic reconnaissance squadron?s scouting dangerous low-level operations, flying the supersonic RF-8A Crusader, during the classified... more...

  • Operation Pointblank 1944by Steven Zaloga; Steven Zaloga

    Osprey Publishing 2011; US$ 15.95

    Osprey's examination of Operation Pointblank, which was the code name for the United States Army Air Force's attempt to destroy German fighter capability through the use of daylight strategic bombing in advance of the D-Day landings of World War II (1939-1945). Launched in 1943, the operation immediately met with severe problems, most notably the horrible... 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...

  • F-4 Phantom II vs MiG-21by Peter Davies; Jim Laurier; Gareth Hector

    Osprey Publishing 2013; US$ 15.95

    From difficult weather conditions to unreliable missile armament to unequal rules of engagement, this book tells the story of the challenges faced by the F-4 and MiG-21 pilots. Using first-hand accounts wherever possible the author draws us into the dangerous world experienced by American and North Vietnamese pilots. Influential leaders and tacticians... more...

  • F4F Wildcat vs A6M Zero-senby Edward Young; Jim Laurier

    Osprey Publishing 2013; US$ 15.95

    From Coral Sea to Midway to Guadalcanal and Santa Cruz, these fighters battled for air supremacy over the Pacific in World War II. The Grumman F4F Wildcat and the Mitsubishi A6M Zero-sen were contemporaries, although designed to very different requirements. Ruggedly built so as to survive the rigors of carrier operations, the Wildcat was the best... more...

  • Aces of the 78th Fighter Groupby Thomas Cleaver; Chris Davey

    Osprey Publishing 2013; US$ 15.95

    Eighth Air Force 78th FG flew P-38 Lightning, P-47 Thunderbolt, and P-51 Mustang fighters in air combat against German Luftwaffe Me-109, Fw-190, and Me-262 aircraft. The 78th FG was originally established as the fourth of the P-38 fighter groups that were expected to perform fighter escort in the newly formed Eighth Air Force. Arriving in England... more...

  • B-24 Liberator vs Ki-43 Oscarby Edward Young; Jim Laurier

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 15.95

    During the late 1930s an armament race developed between bombers and the fighters that were bent on stopping them. The development of multi-engined, multi-gun, all-metal bombers forced a corresponding increase in fighter armament which, in turn, led to further attempts to improve bomber armament to ensure its ability to survive in the face of hostile... more...