Famous Fighters Of The Second World War by William Green w dust ajcket
Famous Fighters Of The Second World War by William Green w dust ajcket
Famous Fighters Of The Second World War by William Green w dust ajcket
Famous Fighters Of The Second World War by William Green w dust ajcket
Famous Fighters Of The Second World War by William Green w dust ajcket
Famous Fighters Of The Second World War by William Green w dust ajcket
Famous Fighters Of The Second World War by William Green w dust ajcket
Famous Fighters Of The Second World War by William Green w dust ajcket
Famous Fighters Of The Second World War by William Green w dust ajcket

Famous Fighters Of The Second World War by William Green w dust ajcket

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Famous Fighters Of The Second World War
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Foreword by Group Captain "Johnnie" Johnson, D.S.O., D.F.C.
Recent years have seen a great revival of interest in the warplanes used by the combatant powers during the Second World War, and this is particularly true of the fighter aircraft which played such an historic role at that time. Until now the full story of the development of many of these machines has remained untold, but in this book William Green provides detailed histories of the most famous as used by the air forces of Britain, the United States, Germany and Japan. Illustrated with a wealth of detailed drawings and a unique collecof photographs, Famous Fighters tells for the first time the story of the first operational jet fighter-Professor Willi Messerschmitt's famed Me 262; of that fascinating little rocket fighter-the Me 163; of Mitsubishi's A6M Zero-Sen, which was the material symbol of final victory to the Japanese people. There is that truly legendary fighter, the Supermarine Spitfire; the immortal North American P-51 Mus; these and many others are described and discussed.
A feature that will be particularly popular with solid scale model builders is the series of full-page general arrangedrawings by G. W. Heumann, which depict with photographic acthe full insignia, camouflage, squadron and individual markings of these historic machines.

William Green sets out to tell the full stories of the most famous of the bombers employed by Britain, the U.S.A., Germany, Japan and Italy. A companion volume to the best-selling Famous Fighters of the Second World War and written with the same accuracy and wealth of detail, Famous Bombers is packed with hitherto unpublished information and rare photographs that will bring a gleam to the eye of aviation enthusiast, historian, expert, and layman alike! Among the bombers dealt with are the Boeing Fortress, Liberator, Mitchell, and Martin Marauder; the Lancaster, Halifax and Wellington; and the Heinkel H.E.i I 1, Dornier 17 and Junkers 88.
FOREWORD
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Group Captain J. E. " JOHNNIE " JOHNSON, D.S.O., D.F.C.
In this book the author has achieved the formidable and painstaking task of describing the development history, and more briefly the operational history, of eighteen of the best-known fighter aeroplanes used during the Second World War.
From the outbreak of the war until the spring of 1941 our fighters were generally employed on defensive operations and we judged the quality of both our own and the Luftwaffe's aeroplanes on four main charac-teristics-speed, rate of climb, manceuvrability, and fire power. As a defensive fighter it was generally agreed, by fighter pilots of many nationalities, that the immortal Spitfire was superior to any other Allied or enemy fighter. There were occasions when the Luftwaffe possessed a decided advantage, and I am thinking especially of 1942 when the Focke-Wulf 190s gave our Spitfire Vs a very hard time. However, we redressed this disadvantage with the introduction of the best Spitfire of them all, the Spitfire IX, which was such a delight to fly. Again, in late 1944, the Luftwaffe caught us unawares with their jets ; especially the Messerschmitt 262. In the Luftwaffe a storm of controversy arose over the role of the Messerschmitt 262 as to whether it should be developed as a fighter or a bomber. Fortunately, for the Allies, Hitler himself decreed that this fine aeroplane was to be a bomber and all this is well described by William Green. Had the correct types and quantities of this jet been produced by the German aircraft industry-and this was within their capabilities-then we might well have lost our hard-won air superiority over north-west Europe at a critical phase of the war.

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