World War II in Europe David T. Zabecki 2015-05-01 First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Soviet Lend-Lease Fighter Aces of World War 2 George Mellinger 2012-10-20 By the end of 1941 the Soviet Union was near collapse and its air force almost annihilated, leaving large numbers of surviving pilots with no aircraft to fly. To help prevent this collapse the UK eventually supplied a total of 4300 Hurricanes and Spitfires to the USSR. After the United States entered the war, the Americans extended Lend-lease to include direct supply to the Soviets as well as the British, and among the aircraft sent were almost 10,000 fighters. Although the aircraft were outdated and often unsuitable to Russian conditions, they served when they were needed, and a number of Russian pilots became Heroes of the Soviet Union flying Lend-lease aircraft. The Soviet government tried to conceal or minimize the importance of Lend-lease fighters well into the 1980s, and the pilots who flew them were discriminated against as 'foreigners'. Only in recent years have these pilots felt free to admit what they flew, and now the fascinating story of these men can emerge.
International Warbirds John C. Fredriksen 2001 Covering the aircraft of 21 nations, this book offers illustrated portraits of 330 of the best-known and most significant military aircraft in history, from the canvas-covered biplanes of World War I to the technological marvels of today, and includes technical data and aviation lore.
Fokker D.XXI Aces of World War 2 Kari Stenman 2013-04-20 The Dutch D.XXIs saw less than a week of action following the German invasion of the west on 10 May 1940, with many of the country's 28 fighters being destroyed on the ground. However, those that survived the initial onslaught inflicted losses on the Luftwaffe. By then, however, the D.XXI had found everlasting fame in Finland during the Winter War of 1939-40. Proving itself a real thorn in the side of the Soviets, the fighter, operating in primitive conditions and against vastly superior numbers, Finnish D.XXIs racked up an incredible score against the Red Air Force. The D.XXI also has the distinction of producing the first 'ace in a single mission' in World War 2, when then 1Lt Jorma Sarvanto shot down six Ilyushin DB-3 bombers on 6 January 1940. After spending a year providing home defence and flying coastal patrols during the early stages of the Continuation War in 1941, all surviving Finnish Fokker D.XXIs were relegated to the reconnaissance role, which they performed through to the end of hostilities in September 1944.
Fokker D.XXI Aces of World War 2 Kari Stenman 2013-04-20 The Dutch D.XXIs saw less than a week of action following the German invasion of the west on 10 May 1940, with many of the country's 28 fighters being destroyed on the ground. However, those that survived the initial onslaught inflicted losses on the Luftwaffe. By then, however, the D.XXI had found everlasting fame in Finland during the Winter War of 1939-40. Proving itself a real thorn in the side of the Soviets, the fighter, operating in primitive conditions and against vastly superior numbers, Finnish D.XXIs racked up an incredible score against the Red Air Force. The D.XXI also has the distinction of producing the first 'ace in a single mission' in World War 2, when then 1Lt Jorma Sarvanto shot down six Ilyushin DB-3 bombers on 6 January 1940. After spending a year providing home defence and flying coastal patrols during the early stages of the Continuation War in 1941, all surviving Finnish Fokker D.XXIs were relegated to the reconnaissance role, which they performed through to the end of hostilities in September 1944.
Flak in World War II Donald Nijboer 2018-09-01 More than half of the U.S.’s aircraft losses in Europe in World War II were due to German antiaircraft artillery, and many of the American aircraft shot down by Luftwaffe fighters had first been driven out of formation by flak and made easy prey for the fighters. A world away in the Pacific, American flak guns aboard naval ships formed the last line of defense against Japanese kamikazes. Historian Donald Nijboer relies on firsthand accounts, newly discovered files, photos, diagrams, and maps to reveal the forgotten contribution of flak in World War II, from doctrine and tactics to combat stories on the ground and in the air about what it was like to fly into the teeth of antiaircraft fire.
World War 2 In Review No. 70: Air Power Merriam Press 2021-05-27 This issue of World War 2 in Review contains the following articles on World War II: (1) Naval Air Station North Island 1911-1945 (2) Air to Air Bombing in World War II (3) Beaufighters Over Burma (4) Chronology of Kamikaze Successes, 27 May 1944-15 August 1945 (5) French Bloch MB.162 Bomber (6) USAAF Owi Airfield (7) One Man’s Air War (8) American Curtiss P-36 Hawk Fighter (9) Doug Bader – RAF Hurricane Ace (10) Soviet Antonov A-7 Glider (11) Italian Caproni Ca.331 Raffica Bomber, with 271 B&W and color photographs and illustrations. A Merriam Press World War II History.
Morane Saulnier Ms.406 Bartlomiej Belcarz 2019-03-19 The Morane Saulnier MS.406 was a French fighter aircraft developed and manufactured by Morane Saulnier starting in 1938. It was France's most numerous fighter during WW2. This profusely illustrated photo album includes over 150 previously unseen pictures, many from private sources in Germany.
Enemy at the Gates Justo Miranda 2019-12-08 When the Nazis started to threaten the world with their efficient machine of propaganda, the main concern of European governments was the overwhelming reaction of panic that the expected bombing of the Luftwaffe might cause within the civil population. During the Munich Agreement in 1938, the democracies were defended by old biplanes and a bunch of modern fighters: 50 Hurricanes, 20 Morane-405 and 5 Fokker D.XXI. France and Great Britain took up the production of USA airplanes and cancelled exports to small countries, which were forced to design and build their own PANIC FIGHTERS with the intelligence and skill that desperation provides. When nothing seemed able to contain the German advance, France, Great Britain and the USSR developed several programs of emergency fighters, as did Australia, to face the Japanese expansion. At the time the course of events switched, it was the Axis powers that had to create their own PANIC FIGHTERS, some of them suicidal. The present book includes several last resource designs of fighters that are practically unknown and that were developed in times of tribulation by Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Japan, Yugoslavia, Latvia, Netherland, Poland, Romania, Sweden and Switzerland.
French Military Aircraft 1930-1939 Source Wikipedia 2013-09 Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 75. Chapters: French bomber aircraft 1930-1939, French fighter aircraft 1930-1939, French military reconnaissance aircraft 1930-1939, French military rescue aircraft 1930-1939, French military trainer aircraft 1930-1939, French military transport aircraft 1930-1939, French military utility aircraft 1930-1939, Dewoitine D.520, Morane-Saulnier M.S.406, Liore et Olivier LeO 45, Amiot 143, Potez 630, Breguet 693, Bloch MB.150, Caudron C.714, Latecoere 550, Latecoere 440, SAB AB-20, Latecoere 490, Nieuport-Delage NiD 52, Arsenal VG-33, Weymann 66, SNCAC NC.150, Romano R.90, Bloch MB.170, Bloch MB.200, Dewoitine D.500, SNCAC NC.4-10, Latecoere 570, Amiot 354, Breguet 730, Farman NC.470, SNCAO 200, Nieuport-Delage NiD-120, Farman F.220, Potez-CAMS 141, Farman F.420, Latecoere 611, Loire-Nieuport LN.401, Bernard 70, Bloch MB.480, SNCAO 30, Hanriot H.180, Morane-Saulnier M.S.225, Potez 39, Bloch MB.131, Bleriot-SPAD S.510, Bloch MB.210, Breguet Nautilus, Morane-Saulnier MS.230, Breguet 521, Dewoitine D.513, ANF Les Mureaux 170, Potez 540, Morane-Saulnier MS.130, ANF Les Mureaux 113, Potez 650, SNCASE SE.100, Loire 210, Bloch MB.81, Bernard H.52, Hanriot H.230, SNCASE SE-400, Latecoere 290, Dewoitine D.371, Farman F.270, Gourdou-Leseurre GL-832 HY, Morane-Saulnier M.S.325, FBA 290, Latecoere 582, Morane-Saulnier MS.315, Farman F.211, Caudron Simoun, Liore et Olivier LeO H-43, Romano R.82, Loire 70, Caudron C.690, Potez 452, Bloch MB.162, ANF Les Mureaux 120, Dewoitine D.560, Loire 130, Loire 46, Bloch MB.220, Loire-Nieuport 10, Nieuport-Delage NiD 62, Bernard 82, Bloch MB.120, Loire 501, ANF Les Mureaux 190, Dewoitine D.372, Loire 60. Excerpt: The Dewoitine D.520 was a French fighter aircraft that entered service in early 1940, shortly after the opening of World War II. Unlike the Morane-Saulnier M.S.406, which was at that...
Finnish Aces of World War 2 Kari Stenman 2012-10-20 Always outnumbered by their Soviet counterparts, the small band of Finnish fighter pilots who defended their Scandinavian homeland from the 'communist hordes' in three separate wars between 1939 and 1945 amassed scores only bettered by the Luftwaffe's Jagdflieger. Initially equipped with a motley collection of biplane and monoplane fighters garnered from sources across the globe, the Finnish Air Force was thrust into combat in November 1939. Given little chance against the massive Soviet force, the Finnish fighter pilots confounded the sceptics and decimated the attacking fighter and bomber formations, prompting the Russians to call a halt in March 1940. This scenario was repeated in 1941, and by 1943 the Finns had become uneasy allies with the Germans. Complete with first-hand accounts and detailed colour illustrations, this book profiles aces like Juutilainen and Wind, who proved unbeatable in the final months of conflict.
Aircraft of World War II Stewart Wilson 1998 A comprehensive directory of the aircraft that saw service during WWII, with over 300 entries covering the fighters, bombers, reconnaissance and strike aircraft, trainers and transports built in some 15 nations around the world. Entries list: country of origin; aircraft type; powerplants; dimensions; weights; armament; performance; operators; production; and history of each featured aircraft. Sftbd., 8 1/2"x 11", 176 pgs., 322 bandw ill.
Storm of Eagles John Dibbs 2017-06-29 Soaring high above the fields and cities of Europe and Asia as well as the vast expanse of the Pacific, Allied and Axis pilots engaged in a deadly battle for control of the skies in World War II. Whoever won the skies would win the war. Published in association with the National Museum of World War II Aviation, Storm of Eagles is a fully illustrated coffee-table book that brings together classic as well as never-before-seen wartime images. Compiled by one of the world's premier aviation photographers and historians, this remarkable volume is a must-have for anyone interested in World War II aviation.
Combat Biplanes of World War II Peter C. Smith 2015-09-30 The era of the combat biplane is usually thought to have been between 1914 and 1938. By the outbreak of World War II, most of the advanced air forces of the world had moved on to monoplane aircraft for their front-line battle forces, both in bomber and fighter capacities. Yet despite this, many biplanes did still survive, both in front-line service and in numerous subsidiary roles, and not just as training machines but as fully operational warplanes. Thus in 1939 the majority of major European powers still retained some, albeit few, biplane aircraft. Sadly, and as an indictment of failed British Government defence policies, it was Great Britain who still had the bulk of such obsolescent combat aircraft, machines like the Gladiator, Swordfish, Walrus, Vildebeeste and Audax for example, while the inferior Albacore, meant to replace the Swordfish, was still yet to enter service!Germany had relegated most of her biplane designs to secondary roles, but they still managed to conduct missions in which biplanes like the He.50, He.51 and Hs.120 excelled. Both France and Italy had biplanes in active service, Mussolini's Regia Aeronautica attaching great importance to the type as a fighter aircraft as late as 1941, while the Soviet Union also retained some machines like the Po-2 in front-line service right through the war and beyond. In addition, a whole range of smaller nations utilised biplanes built for larger combatants in their own air forces. By the time Japan and the United States entered the war two years later, they had mainly rid themselves of biplanes but, even here, a few specialised types lingered on. This book describes a selection of these gallant old warriors of all nations. They represent the author's own personal selection from a surprisingly large range of aircraft that, despite all predictions, fought hard and well in World War II.
American Warplanes of WWII
World War II John Keegan 1999
Finnish Fighter Colours 1939-1945 Kari Stenman 2014-09-04 The next book in the Rainbow Series covers Finnish Fighters used during WWII. Camouflage and markings of the fighters obtained from France, USA, Germany, UK and the USSR are described in unparalleled detail by the well-known Finnish author Kari Stenman. Many unpublished photos, and color profiles. Vol. 1 covers: Bristol Bulldog Fokker D XXI Gloster Gladiator FIAT G 50 Morane Saulnier MS 406 including Mörkö-Morane Brewster Model 239
Finnish Aces of World War 2 Kari Stenman 2012-10-20 Always outnumbered by their Soviet counterparts, the small band of Finnish fighter pilots who defended their Scandinavian homeland from the 'communist hordes' in three separate wars between 1939 and 1945 amassed scores only bettered by the Luftwaffe's Jagdflieger. Initially equipped with a motley collection of biplane and monoplane fighters garnered from sources across the globe, the Finnish Air Force was thrust into combat in November 1939. Given little chance against the massive Soviet force, the Finnish fighter pilots confounded the sceptics and decimated the attacking fighter and bomber formations, prompting the Russians to call a halt in March 1940. This scenario was repeated in 1941, and by 1943 the Finns had become uneasy allies with the Germans. Complete with first-hand accounts and detailed colour illustrations, this book profiles aces like Juutilainen and Wind, who proved unbeatable in the final months of conflict.
Morane-Saulnier MS.406 Aces Kari Stenman 2014-05-20 The MS.406 was an important aircraft not only because it was built in larger numbers than any other French fighter of the period, but also because it was the first modern fighter in the Armée de l'Air inventory. Although comparable to the British Hurricane and early models of the German Bf 109, it was outclassed when flown against the more powerful, and faster, Bf 109E. With little or no protection (no armour or self-sealing tanks), the MS.406 sustained heavy losses during the Battle of France. Too lightly armed, and fitted with unreliable weaponry, the French fighter struggled to down German bombers. It therefore comes as no surprise that only a dozen French pilots became fully fledged aces on the type during this period, despite the aircraft being present in significant numbers. However a score of pilots, who bagged their very first kills at the controls of the MS.406, fought on after the fall of France, flying Dewoitine D.520s, Spitfires and even Soviet Yak-3s to attain ace status against both Allied and Axis opponents.
Defiant, Blenheim and Havoc Aces Andrew Thomas 2012-11-20 The Blenheim IF flew some of Fighter Command's early offensive operations, and the type soon proved vulnerable when pitted against single-seat fighters. However, for much of 1940 the Blenheim fighter squadrons provided the RAF's main long-range convoy escort and nightfighter capability. In the mid-1930s, in an attempt to capitalise on its expertise in power-operated gun turrets, the Boulton Paul Company developed the Defiant, a single-engined fighter in which all the armament was concentrated in the turret behind the pilot. Intended as a 'bomber destroyer', the Defiant had its combat debut over Dunkirk, and initially achieved some considerable success. A number of American-built aircraft called Douglas DB-7 light bombers (named Havoc by the RAF), were fitted with radar for nightfighter duties and others successfully replaced the Blenheim as night intruders. A total of 11 pilots claimed five or more victories when flying these three types to become aces, whilst no fewer than 33 who became aces claimed at least part of their scores when flying the Blenheim, Defiant or Havoc.
Camouflage & Decals Kari Stenman 2015-09-19 TThis booklet describes and illustrates the camouflage and markings of six Finnish WWII fighters. Photos and colors profiles describe camouflage and markings in detail. Also includes high quality decals for these aircraft in 1/48 and 1/72 scale, produced by ModelMaker: Brewster 239, BW-393 7, kapt. Eino Luukkanen, leader of 1/Lentolaivue 24, 1942; Brewster 239, BW-393 9, luutn. Hans Wind, leader of 3/Lentolaivue 24, 1943; Fokker D.XXI, FR-140 11, luutn. Aaro Virkkunen, 2/Lentolaivue 14, 1942; Gloster Gladiator Mk I, 271 A, fanr. Ake Nettelbladt-Hollsten, Flygflottilj 19, 1940; FIAT G.50, FA-15 5, kers. Klaus Alakoski, 3/Lentolaivue 26, 1942; Morane Saulnier MS. 406, MS311 5, kers. Antti Tani, 1/Lentolaivue 28, 1941."
French Fighter Aircraft 1930-1939 Source Wikipedia 2013-09-12 Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 30. Chapters: Dewoitine D.520, Morane-Saulnier M.S.406, Potez 630, Bloch MB.150, Caudron C.714, Nieuport-Delage NiD 52, Arsenal VG-33, Romano R.90, Dewoitine D.500, SNCAO 200, Nieuport-Delage NiD-120, Bernard 70, Morane-Saulnier M.S.225, Bleriot-SPAD S.510, Dewoitine D.513, ANF Les Mureaux 170, SNCASE SE.100, Loire 210, Bernard H.52, Dewoitine D.371, Morane-Saulnier M.S.325, Dewoitine D.560, Loire 46, Nieuport-Delage NiD 62, ANF Les Mureaux 190, Dewoitine D.372. Excerpt: The Dewoitine D.520 was a French fighter aircraft that entered service in early 1940, shortly after the opening of World War II. Unlike the Morane-Saulnier M.S.406, which was at that time the Armee de l'Airs most numerous fighter, the Dewoitine D.520 came close to being a match for the latest German types, such as the Messerschmitt Bf 109. It was slower than the Bf 109E but superior in manoeuvrability. Because of a delayed production cycle, only a small number were available for combat with the Luftwaffe. The D.520 was designed in response to a 1936 requirement from the Armee de l'Air for a fast, modern fighter with a good climbing speed and an armament centred around a 20 mm cannon. At the time the most powerful V 12 liquid cooled engine available in France was the Hispano-Suiza 12Y, which was less powerful, but lighter, than contemporary engines such as the Rolls-Royce Merlin and Daimler-Benz DB 601. Other fighters were designed to meet the specifications but none of them entered service, or entered service in small numbers and too late to play a significant role during the Battle of France. In response to a specification for a new fighter promulgated by the l'Air Ministry on 15 June 1936, the design of the D.520 started in September 1936, at the private design firm led by Emile Dewoitine. The specifications called for a maximum speed of 500 km/h (310 mph)...
X-Planes Manfred Griehl 2012-10-24 Renowned German aviation specialist Manfred Griehl has collected a unique and valuable selection of photographs of Luftwaffe projects that never made it into battle. They remained on the drawing board or at prototype stage either because they were deemed unsuitable or the developers simply ran out of time and the projects never went into production. Most photographs come from the development sites and testing grounds of the major manufacturers of Nazi Germany: companies such as Dornier, Junkers, Focke-Wulf and Heinkel all received funding from the government to develop bigger and faster aircraft. A huge amount of private testing went on with major organizations such as Daimler-Benz, BMW and Siemens investing huge amounts in new engine systems and other advances such as radar. This book also details the innumerable alterations that were made to existing service aircraft to equip them for new roles. There are examples of Fw190s developed for the delivery of chemical and toxic weapons, the high altitude Junkers EF 61, the early prototype WNF 342 helicopter as well as numerous examples of developmental jet fighters that could very well have been realized had it not been for the effectiveness of the Allied bombing campaign in restricting the supply of necessary materials.
World War 2 In Review No. 8: Warplanes Merriam Press 2017-07-15 Merriam Press World War 2 In Review Series eBook Edition 2022 This issue presents articles on the following World War II warplane topics: (1) Curtiss SBC Helldiver (2) Regia Aeronautica Aircraft Used in World War II (3) Aeronautica Umbra Trojani AUT.18 (4) Regia Aeronautica Camouflage and Markings (5) Saunders Roe (Saro) London (6) Amiot 350 Series (7) Hawker Hart (8) Noorduyn Norseman (9) ANF Les Mureaux 113 380 B&W and color photos and illustrations
World War II: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection [5 volumes] Spencer C. Tucker 2016-09-06 With more than 1,700 cross-referenced entries covering every aspect of World War II, the events and developments of the era, and myriad related subjects as well as a documents volume, this is the most comprehensive reference work available on the war. • Provides a clear understanding of the causes of World War II, reaching back to World War I and the role of the Western democracies in its origin • Examines home front developments in major countries during the war, such as race and gender relations in the United States • Recognizes the important roles played by women in the war and describes how the United States mobilized its economy and citizenry for total war • Discusses the Holocaust and establishes responsibility for this genocide • Details the changing attitudes toward the war as expressed in film and literature
MiG-3 Aces of World War 2 Dmitriy Khazanov 2013-05-20 The MiG-1/3 family of fighters was built to satisfy a Soviet Air Force requirement for an advanced, fast, high-altitude fighter. Entering service in the spring of 1941, the problematic MiG-1 had its handling issues rectified with the hasty production of the MiG-3. Many of these were destroyed on the ground when the Germans launched Operation Barbarossa. Nevertheless, enough examples survived to allow pilots such as Stepan Suprun and Aleksandr Pokryshkin to claim a number of victories in the type. This book tells the complete story of the men who made ace in the first examples of the famous MiG fighter.
The Illustrated Timeline of World War II A. A. Evans 2011-08-15 An overview of World War II, from the events leading up to the war, to the war crimes trials after the war, in a timeline format.
Air Warfare: an International Encyclopedia: A-L Walter J. Boyne 2002-01-01 Written by more than 100 international scholars and experts, this encyclopedia chronicles the individuals, equipment, and drama of nearly a century of aerial combat.
Finland at War Vesa Nenye 2015-09-20 The story of the 'Winter War' between Finland and Soviet Russia is a dramatic David versus Goliath encounter. When close to half a million Soviet troops poured into Finland in 1939 it was expected that Finnish defences would collapse in a matter of weeks. But they held firm. The Finns not only survived the initial attacks but succeeded in inflicting devastating casualties before superior Russian numbers eventually forced a peace settlement. This is a rigorously detailed and utterly compelling guide to Finland's vital, but almost forgotten role in the cataclysmic World War II. It reveals the untold story of iron determination, unparalleled skill and utter mastery of winter warfare that characterised Finland's fight for survival on the hellish Eastern Front. Now publishing in paperback, Finland at War: the Winter War 1939–40 is the premiere English-language history of the fighting performance of the Finns, drawing on first-hand accounts and rare photographs to explain just how they were able to perform military feats that nearly defy belief.
P-36 Hawk Aces of World War 2 Lionel Persyn 2012-12-20 The Curtiss P-36 was considered a revolution in performance design in comparison to other US fighters. Yet by the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor the P-40 was increasingly supplanting the P-36, which the US then exported to France under the guise of the Hawk 75. Flown by the French, captured by the Germans, sold to the Finns, transferred to India and Africa, and even incorporated into the RAF, the Hawk 75 saw service in every theatre of operations and in a variety of combat environments. This book depicts the fascinating life of a plane that fought on both sides in the war, with colour artwork, photographs and first-hand accounts.
Encyclopedia of World War II Alan Axelrod 2007 Provides over seven hundred entries about the second World War discussing the biographies of key figures, maps and explanations of decisive battles, and the military, historical, political, and diplomatic aspects of the war.
Allied Fighters of World War II Bill Gunston 1992 Describes French, British, Russian, and U.S. fighter planes and recounts their use in combat
World War II Fighter Planes Spotter's Guide Tony Holmes 2021-02-04 World War II saw pilots from around the world battling in the skies over Europe, Asia and Africa, with victory resting upon their nerve, skill and the capabilities of some of history's most iconic aircraft. In the chaos of battle, it was vital that they could quickly identify friend from foe. But do you know your Hurricane from your Bf 109, or what the legendary P-51 Mustang looks like? Do you know the wingspan of the A6M Zero-sen, or how fast it could fly? THE WORLD WAR II FIGHTER PLANES SPOTTER'S GUIDE answers all of these questions and more, providing essential information on over 90 legendary aircraft, from the celebrated Spitfire to the jet-powered Me 262. Featuring full-colour artwork to aid recognition, as well as all the details you need to assess their performance, this is the perfect pocket guide to the Allied and Axis fighters of World War II.
Morane-Saulnier MS.406 Aces Kari Stenman 2014-05-20 French World War II fighter design was cut short by the fall of France, but the MS.406 also saw service in Vichy French colonies and Finland. The MS.406 was an important aircraft not only because it was built in larger numbers than any other French fighter of the period, but also because it was the first modern fighter in the Armée de l'Air inventory. Although comparable to the British Hurricane and early models of the German Bf 109, it was outclassed when flown against the more powerful, and faster, Bf 109E. With little or no protection (no armour or self-sealing tanks), the MS.406 sustained heavy losses during the Battle of France. Too lightly armed, and fitted with unreliable weaponry, the French fighter struggled to down German bombers. It therefore comes as no surprise that only a dozen French pilots became fully fledged aces on the type during this period, despite the aircraft being present in significant numbers. However, a score of pilots, who bagged their very first kills at the controls of the MS.406, fought on after the fall of France, flying Dewoitine D.520s, Spitfires and even Soviet Yak-3s to attain ace status against both Allied and Axis opponents. A little known fact is that although the MS.406 was phased out of service in Vichy France and North Africa after the armistice was signed with Germany in June 1940, it soldiered on in French colonies that remained under the control of the Vichy government. The MS.406 was pitted against Japanese and Thai forces in French Indo-China (late 1940), Commonwealth air forces in Syria (May-June 1941) and, finally, the Fleet Air Arm in Madagascar (May 1942). The most successful user of the MS.406 in terms of aerial victories scored was Finland, whose air force initially received 30 examples in February 1940 that soon saw action during the last weeks in the "Winter War". Further batches of captured ex-French MS.406s were bought by the Finns from Germany, raising their force to 87 aircraft in total. The "Continuation War," commencing with the German attack on the Soviet Union, saw ten aces emerge during the first six months of the fighting. The MS.406 was then more than a match for Soviet I-16 and I-153 fighters, and had no problems chasing down Tupolev SB and Ilyushin DB-3 bombers. From 1942 the victory rate of Finnish MS.406 pilots slowed due to a lack of enemy opposition during this period and the worn-out engine-mounted 20 mm cannon fitted to the fighters. The introduction of new Soviet types like the LaGG-3, Yak-1 and Lend-Lease Hurricane and Tomahawk fighters also completely outclassed the MS.406, resulting in the French fighters' removal from the frontline.
Carrier Operations in World War II J. D. Brown 2009-05-21 Between 1939 and 1945 the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm grew from a small force into a powerful strategic weapon. British carrier-based aircraft fought throughout the world and David Brown here describes their activities in the Home, Mediterranean, Eastern and British Pacific Fleets, together with Forces created for specific operations, listing aircraft and units embarked during the various phases.He goes on to describe carrier operations in the Pacific between 1941 and 1945, the greatest maritime war in history. Both the United States and Imperial Japanese Navies watched the Royal Navy's early carrier operations in the European Theatre and benefited from the lessons. American aircrews and sailors learnt quickly in action until, by March 1945, the United States Fifth Fleet with its associated Marine Corps formations was probably the most efficient and effective instrument of war deployed in the pre-nuclear age.This new work contains material from two volumes, first published in 1968 and 1974, merged with notes for a third which David Brown prepared but never published before his death. They appear for the first time together, providing the most detailed single-volume account currently available of the operation of British, American and Japanese aircraft carriers in World War II.
I Was a P-51 Fighter Pilot in WWII James Neel White 2003 SOME OF THE 150 STORIES IN THIS BOOK:· What WWII was all about · How the German Luftwaffe began and ended · Adolph Hitler's Nazi party and the Waffen SS · 8th Air Force raids over Europe · P-51 Mustang battles with Me-109 · 1093's Cleveland Air Races · Wright Brother's flight in 1903 · WWI Bi-planes in France · P-40s in the Flying Tigers · D-Day and P-47 Thunderbolts · Winter War in Finland · Barbarossa and airplane battles · Zeros in Southeast Asia · P-39 Airacobras fight for Russia · War-Booty in WWII · Hitler robs art treasures · How P-51 Mustangs stopped the Luftwaffe · How the Nazi Gestapo operated · The author's personal observations of WWII This book is dedicated to Orville and Wilbur Wright who discovered flight in 1903 You may purchase this book ISBN 0-595-28235-0 from www.iuniverse.com
Military Aircraft, 1919-1945 Justin D. Murphy 2009 An in-depth history of the time when airpower became the great equalizer, changing military strategy forever and bringing once-safe targets in reach. * Comparative charts of aircraft production of the major powers during the interwar years and the Second World War * Approximately 80 photographs and tables of the most important aircraft of the era, organized by type and by country
Brewster F2A Buffalo Aces of World War 2 Kari Stenman 2013-06-20 Although designed and built for the US Navy, the F2A fought in only one major US engagement, the battle of Midway, in which F2A pilots managed to shoot down a number of Japanese fighters. Soon replaced by the navy, the F2A was exported to Britain, where it was nicknamed the 'Buffalo' thanks to its stubby appearance. The British sent most of these fighters to the Far East where they were used in the defence of Singapore and Malaya. It was in the Winter War, however, that the F2A truly found a home. Calling the plane simply the Brewster, the Finnish flew it against the invading Russians. Overall 37 Finns achieved ace status flying the Brewster, and it was the Finnish fighter of choice until succeeded by the Bf 109 in 1943.
World War 2 In Review No. 73: Air Power Merriam Press 2021-06-19 Number 73 of World War 2 in Review features these 12 articles on military aircraft and operations: (1) Florence Mission: 443rd Bomb Squadron, 320th Bomb Group, USAAF (2) Grumman F8F Bearcat: American Fighter (3) No. 6 (RCAF) Bomber Group (4) Bloch MB.150: French Fighter (5) Camouflage of the Bloch MB.150 (6) Curtiss-Wright CW-22/SNC: American Trainer (7) The Air Force Spreads its Wings (8) Slingsby Hengist: British Glider (9) Suicide Run to Berlin: The First American Bombing Raid (10) Dugway Proving Ground: USAAF Bombing Test Site. 302 B&W/color photos/illustrations. A Merriam Press World War II History.
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