Famous Fighters Of The Second World War Second Series by William Green
Famous Fighters Of The Second World War Second Series by William Green
Famous Fighters Of The Second World War Second Series by William Green
Famous Fighters Of The Second World War Second Series by William Green
Famous Fighters Of The Second World War Second Series by William Green
Famous Fighters Of The Second World War Second Series by William Green
Famous Fighters Of The Second World War Second Series by William Green
Famous Fighters Of The Second World War Second Series by William Green
Famous Fighters Of The Second World War Second Series by William Green
Famous Fighters Of The Second World War Second Series by William Green
Famous Fighters Of The Second World War Second Series by William Green

Famous Fighters Of The Second World War Second Series by William Green

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Famous Fighters Of The Second World War Second Series by William Green
 
Famous Fighters Of The Second World War
Hardcover With Dust Jacket  (wtiht some damage)
By William Green  
132 Pages
Published 1962

Contents
The Polikarpov 1-16 .
The Gloster Gladiator .
The Boulton Paul Defiant .
The Grumman Wildcat .
The Macchi-Castoldi Series .
The Junkers Ju 88 Series
The Nakajima Hayabusa
The Chance Vought Corsair
The Yakovlev Series
The Grumman Hellcat .
The Heinkel He 219 Uhu .
The Nakajima Hayate

Famous Fighters
Of The
Second World
War
Volume II
William Green
It has been said that Great Britain owes her continued existence as a free nation to the fighter aircraft more than to any other single weapon, for twenty-one years ago British fighters emerged victorious from the "Battle of Britain" ; sounding the death knell for Germany's hopes of invading the British Isles. Today the fighter pilot is likely to see little more of his opponent than a blip on a radarscope; the fighter of the 'forties has passed into history along with the halberd and the crossbow.
In this Second Series of Famous Fighters of the Second World War, the author describes, with the same wealth of detail that characterized the preceding volume, the development and careers of the last of the fighting bi-planes, the little Gloster Gladiator, which carried something of the First World War into that second epic struggle; that indomitable trio of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps fighters, the Wildcat, Hellcat and Corsair, which destroyed the myth of Japanese aerial invincibility founded by the Zero-Sen; the fighter versions of the Junkers Ju 88 whose nocturnal depredations in the R.A.F.'s bomber stream over the Third Reich were so impressive at one period of the War that the abandoning of large-scale night attacks on German targets was seriously considered ; the highly manoeuvrable Macchi C.202 Folgore with its beautifully co-ordinated controls - a pilot's aeroplane in every respect; the Japanese Army's equivalent of the Zero-Sen, the Nakajima Ki.43 Hapa-busa, and its successor, the Ki.84 Hayate which could out-climb and out-manoeuvre the most advanced versions of the Mustang and Thunderbolt; Heinkel's superlative He 219 night fighter which, but for ministerial muddle and confusion, would have provided the Allies with some serious headaches.
These and many other fighters, both successful and unsuccessful, but all famous, are surveyed with hundreds of rare photographs, highly detailed full-page tone drawings by Peter Endsleigh Castle, and comparative side views of the many variants of each aircraft by Dennis I Punnett.

INTRODUCTION
By what standards is a combat aircraft to be adjudged famous? Certainly not on the basis of its operational career alone, for the fighters whose stories I tell in the pages that follow were not all supremely successful yet they achieved fame. Indeed, some were virtually failures. But success and fame do not necessarily go hand in hand, and some extremely successful warplanes saw little fame. To be truly successful, a combat aircraft of the Second World War, or, for that matter, any other war, had to enjoy the smiles of fortune, chance playing as vital a role as technical competence and design ingenuity. The fighter had to be flown in the right place at the right time by pilots whose could turn its attributes to best advantage and whose skill could overcome its shortcomings by evolving suitable combat tactics. If chance placed the fighter in the right place at the right time with the right pilot, and if its qualities transcended the good, then it was likely to be numbered among that elite few, the truly great!
At least two of the fighters to be found in this volume are numbered among this select gathering, but no amount of technical brilliance could ensure success in combat, and a lack of operational success did not necessarily debar a fighter from achieving fame. A case in point is the Defiant, which, despite the considerable ingenuity displayed in its design, was born of an outmoded philosophy which precluded its chances of operational success. Nevertheless, it captured public imagination and received much favourable publicity when, during the evacuation from Dunkirk, one squadron equipped with this fighter claimed fifty-seven " kills," and the fact that these claims were later found to be appreciably exaggerated could not nullify the fame that the Defiant enjoyed on the strength of its brief " hour of glory ".
The fame of other fighters stemmed from their link with epic actions which stirred public admiration; the Wildcat and Wake Island, the Gladiator and Malta, to quote but two examples. Some gained spurious fame which owed more to the highly coloured imaginings of propagandists than to operational success, and there were those fighters, such as the Macchi-Castoldi series, whose fame was confined largely to the land of their origin owing to wartime distortion and misrepresentation of their abilities for purposes of propaganda. Two of the fighters described in the following pages, the Hellcat and the Corsair, were not only famous but achieved true greatness; superb naval fighters which did much to change the course of the war in the Pacific. Russian wartime fighters have hitherto received little publicity in the West, and I am particularly happy therefore to have been able to include in this volume the Poli-
karpov 1-16 which may be considered as the precursor of the style in fighter design maintained until the advent of the turbojet, and the extraordinarily successful series of machines evolved by Alexander Yakovlev.
But whatever the nationality or relative success enjoyed by the fighters that I have described, I have striven to tell their stories objectively and place them in perspective against the background of fighter development of their time. In the course of my researches I have unearthed many hitherto unpublished facts; facts throwing new light on the careers of some of the fighters and which contradict popularly accepted beliefs. Some of these contradictions are necessitated by errors first perpetrated during the war years and perpetuated until now; others stem from " journalistic licence " exercised in the past to " colour " or dramatize accounts of actions without too much thought for historical accuracy and which are today widely accepted as factual. An outstanding example is the story of the Gladiator which is today probably best remembered for its indomitable defence of Malta, the epic saga of Faith, Hope and Charity-appellations which all evidence now suggests were not coined for the so-called " trio " until some months after the action which largely resulted in the Gloster biplane's immortality!

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