Classic Fighters and Bombers of World War II - AnonKidlington: Aerodata International Publications, 1981, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Focke-Wulf 19A by Peter G. Cooksley; Supermarine Spitfire 1 and II by Philip J. R. Moyes; North American P-51D Mustang by Harry Holmes; Messerschmitt 109E by Peter G. Cooksley; Hawker Hurricane I by Philip J. R. Moyes; Republic P-47D Thunderbolt by John B. Rabbets; Handley Page Halifax Merlin-engined variants by Philip J. R. Moyes; Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress by Philip J. R. Moyes; Junkers 88A series by Philip J. R. Moyes; Avro Lancaster I and III by Philip J. R. Moyes; Consolidated B-24 Liberator by Philip J. R. Moyes; Heinkel 111P and H by Philip J. R. Moyes; Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour plates; Diagrams;
From the cover: “This book brings together the first twelve titles in Vintage Aviation Publications’ widely acclaimed Aerodata International series of aircraft monographs. Designed principally for scale modellers, these monographs provide a unique combination of line drawings in the popular 1/72 scale, photographs, sketches and narrative (including technical data). The multi-view plans and detail sketches, meticulously researched and drawn to un-precedented high standards by Alfred Granger, MISTC, give the modeller everything he needs to know to check the accuracy of plastic kits or scratch-build his own models from wood or plastic. Altogether, Aerodata International monographs are a “must”, not only for modellers but indeed for all aviation enthusiasts.
The first six aircraft cover some of the most famous single-seat fighter aircraft of World War Two: Those immortal fighting partners, the early Spitfire and Hurricane of Battle of Britain fame and their worthy opponents; the Messerschmitt 109E; the Focke-Wulf 190, which was arguably the Luftwaffe’s best piston-engined fighter of the later war years; the rugged Thunderbolt, largest and heaviest single-seat, piston-engined fighter ever produced and outstanding in the ground-attack role; and the illustrious Mustang, a machine originally designed and built to meet an RAF requirement and which eventually became the most-produced and most successful US fighter of WW2.
We follow this by focussing on half a dozen classic bombers of World War Two: The mighty Lancaster, Britain’s most successful “heavy” of the period; the Halifax, which, with the “Lane”, eventually bore the brunt of RAF Bomber Command’s night offensive against Hitler’s Festung Europa and also earned fame as a glider tug and U-boat hunter/killer; the Fortress and Liberator, which spearheaded the USAAF’s daylight offensive against Germany and played leading roles in many other wartime campaigns everywhere from the North Atlantic to the South Pacific; the German Heinkel III, whose numerous versions included one specially adapted to air-launch a V-1 flying bomb; and the best German bomber of all — the Junkers 88.”