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Aviation

  • F4F Wildcat and F6F Hellcat Aces of VF-2by Thomas Mckelvey Cleaver; Jim Laurier

    Osprey Publishing 2015; US$ 15.95

    The first VF-2 was a prewar unit that had been dubbed the 'hottest outfit afloat' due to the skill of their non-commissioned pilots. This first unit only saw combat at the Battle of the Coral Sea, but VF-2 pilots flying Grumman F4F Wildcats were able to rack up 17 claims there during the bitter 48-hour period of fighting. The second 'Fighting Two'... more...

  • The Royal Air Force in the Cold War 1950-1970by Ian Proctor

    Pen and Sword 2015; US$ 16.99

    Soon after the Second world War, wartime allies became Cold War adversaries, and by 1950 the perceived threat of a Soviet strike on Western Europe or Britain dominated military planning. For the next forty years, the Royal Air Force was in the front-line of the Cold War. In Britain and Germany, light bomber crews exercised in preparation for a future... more...

  • The History of the Battle of Britain Fighter Associationby Geoff Simpson

    Pen and Sword 2015; US$ 18.99

    In 1945 it was announced that Allied airmen who had taken part in the Battle of Britain in 1940 would be entitled to the "immediate" award of the 1939-1945 Star, with Battle of Britain Clasp. This was the only Clasp awarded with the 1939-1945 Star.

In the following years holders of the Clasp held informal get-togethers. In 1958... more...

  • Messerschmitt Bf 109 A-D Seriesby Robert Jackson

    Osprey Publishing 2015; US$ 15.95

    Before it won glory in the Battle of France, and experienced defeat in the Battle of Britain, the Messerschmitt 109 tasted battle in its initial A/B/C and D variants. This is the story of those early models of the iconic fighter, that would go on to be one of the most produced aircraft of WW2. Featuring stunning aerial photos, the book explores in... more...

  • Reconnaissance and Bomber Aces of World War 1by Jon Guttman; Harry Dempsey

    Osprey Publishing 2015; US$ 15.95

    This book profiles a wide variety of British, French, German, Austro-Hungarian and American aircraft, ranging from frontline stalwarts like the RE 8 and AR 1 to the swift Salmson 2A2 and the compact, fighter-like Halberstadt CL II. Oft-overshadowed by the fighters that either protected or threatened them, two-seater reconnaissance aircraft performed... more...

  • Perilous Missionsby William M. Leary

    University of Alabama Press 2015; US$ 34.95

    Civil Air Transport (CAT), founded in China after World War II by Claire Chennault and Whiting Willauer, was initially a commercial carrier specializing in air freight. Its role quickly changed as CAT became first a paramilitary adjunct of the Nationalist Chinese Air Force, then the CIA's secret "air force" in Korea, then "the most shot-at airline... more...

  • Zeppelin Blitzby Neil Storey

    The History Press 2015; US$ 26.24

    Zeppelin Blitz is the first full, raid by raid, year by year account of the zeppelin air raids on Britain during the First World War based on material drawn from official reports and documents created at the time in both Britain and Germany, notably, the zeppelin raid reports compiled by the Intelligence Section, General Headquarters, Great Britain... more...

  • Blue Diamondsby Michael Napier

    Pen and Sword 2015; US$ 23.99

    In the seven decades since the Second World War, 14 Squadron has operated a wide array of aircraft types (Mosquitoes, Vampires, Venoms, Hunters, Canberras, Phantoms, Jaguars and Tornados) in a fascinating variety of roles. For much of this time, the Squadron was based in Germany at the front line of the Cold War, but it also participated in the Gulf... more...

  • With the Tigers over China, 1941-1942by Jerome Klinkowitz

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 40.00

    In the twelve months centered around the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, a diverse group of American and British flyers fought one of the most remarkable air campaigns of WWII. Pilots including Claire Chennault, "Pappy" Boyington, and Art Donahue bought time for an Allied regrouping against Japan's relentless assault in the China-Burma-India theater.... more...

  • The Comet Connectionby George Watt

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    In November 1943, George Watt, Flying Fortress gunner, parachuted out of his burning bomber and landed in a village in Nazi-occupied Belgium. The villagers risked their lives to hide him in the field, sneaking him past the German patrols, and bringing him safely to Brussels, where he connected with the Comet Line, the rescue arm of the Belgian resistance.... more...