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Fully illustrated study of the famous Mitsubishi A6M Zero-sen in the Imperial Japanese Naval Air Force (IJNAF) campaigns between 1940-1943, focusing on the A6M2 and A6M2-N floatplane fighter variants.
A fully illustrated study of the Luftwaffe's best known unit that fought in the Battle of France and Battle of Britain, with strong appeal for all aviation enthusiasts.
Reveals how first using the Spitfire I and II, and then following the introduction of the Bf 109 the cannon-armed Spitfire V, RAF squadrons embarked on a range of missions which included one of the most important air battles of the war, over Dieppe on 19 August 1942.
The Vietnam People's Air Force at the beginning of the Vietnam War were equipped with slow, old Korean War generation fighters - a combination of MiG-17s and MiG-19s - types that should have offered little opposition to the fighter-bombers such as the F-4 Phantom II, and more. This is an analysis of the exploits of Vietnamese pilots.
Although seen as a replacement for the A6M Zero-sen carrier-based fighter, the Mitsubishi J2M Raiden was actually designed as a land-based naval interceptor optimised for speed rather than manoeuvrability. Despite suffering heavy losses, the units equipped with new fighter proved that the N1K could more than hold its own against P-38s and F6Fs.
Tells the story of the elite Japanese Army Air force (JAAF) aces that flew the Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien (Swallow), and the Ki-100 Goshikisen in the Pacific Theatre of World War 2. This book provides an account of some of the most hard-pressed fighter pilots of the war.
Initially formed to assist in the defence of the city of Metz against French bombing raids, Royal Prussian Jagdstaffel 17 would go on to become one of the most distinguish German fighter units of World War 1. He was largely responsible for inspiring the unit's unique Esprit de Corps, expressed in its famous and unique 'battle-cry' of 'Malaula.'
Dubbed the 'Eagles of Duxford', the 78th Fighter Group (FG) was unique in being the only fighter unit in the 'Mighty Eighth' to fly the P-38 Lightning, P-47 Thunderbolt and P-51 Mustang operationally. This title charts the group's highs and lows during its two years in action from Duxford, focusing on the exploits of the 51 pilots.
Shortly after the Allied landings in France the Germans unleashed the first of their so-called 'revenge weapons', the V1 flying bomb. The main element, however, were standing patrols by the fastest piston-engined fighters available to the RAF - the new Tempest V and Griffon-powered Spitfire XIV. This book deals with this aircraft.
When the 82nd Fighter Group was organized in March 1942, most of its initial pilot cadre was comprised of newly graduated staff sergeant pilots of Class 42-C - enlisted men! They learned to fly the P-38 at Muroc, in California's Mojave Desert. This deals with the 82nd fighter group.
The Ki-27 achieved its first successes during the so-called 'China Incident'. By 1943 it was considered obsolete but was still being encountered in combat by Allied pilots, especially in the air defence role. This book tells the complete story of this special aircraft and its part in Japanese military history.
The ace pilots of the Republic of China Air Force have long been shrouded in mystery, as their retreat to Taiwan in 1949 and blanket martial law made records of the RoCAF all but impossible to access. This book charts the history of the top scoring pilots of the RoCAF from the Sino-Japanese War to the Civil War against the Chinese Communists.
The Japanese High Command realised that the loss of Okinawa would give the Americans a base for the invasion of Japan. In the air battles leading up to the invasion of Okinawa, the Japanese lost more than 7000 aircraft. In the course of the fighting, 67 Navy, 21 Marine, and three USAAF pilots became aces.