Tempest Squadrons of the RAF (Combat Aircraft)

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Hawker's charismatic Tempest V entered RAF service just in time to be the most successful counter to the V1 flying bomb assault on southern England in the summer of 1944. With more than 800 of the robot missiles to its credit, Tempest V units then crossed the Channel to lock horns with the best the Luftwaffe had to offer–Fw 190D-9s, Ta 152s, Me 262s, and Bf 109G/Ks–achieving an impressive kill/loss ratio in aerial combat.

With incredibly detailed aircraft profiles and exciting combat reports this title covers the full history of Tempest squadrons, from their initial design and combat experience in World War II through to their post-war role, and the eventual decline of this iconic British fighter.

Valor Without Arms: A History of the 316th Troop Carrier Group 1942-1945

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Merriam Press Military Monograph 13. Sixth Edition (February 2012). The 316th Troop Carrier Group was formed at Patterson Field, Ohio, in February 1942. By November, the Group air echelon consisting of Headquarters, 36th, 37th, 44th, and 45th Squadrons, flew to its first overseas post in Egypt. There, staff sergeant pilots flew their C-47s in support of the British 8th Army across North Africa from Egypt to Tunisia, delivering supplies and pioneering in air evacuation. The Group, less the 37th Squadron which remained in Egypt, dropped the 82nd Airborne Division in the invasion of Sicily as part of the operations HUSKY 1 and 2, on 9-11 July, 1943. In HUSKY 2, the 316th lost 12 out of the 23 troop carrier command aircraft that were shot down by friendly fire. In February 1944, the Group moved to Cottesmore, England, from where it participated in the invasions of France (Normandy, D-Day), Holland (MARKET GARDEN), and Germany (VARSITY). After 30 months of overseas duty, the 316th, one of the first troop carrier groups to be sent overseas, was one of the first to return to the United States in May 1945. Stationed at Pope Field, North Carolina, it trained with the 82nd for the pending invasion of Japan. That mission was aborted when Japan surrendered in August 1945. Group personnel wore nine battle stars, three Distinguished Unit Citations, Silver Stars, numerous Distinguished Flying Crosses, Air Medals, Purple Hearts, and Soldiers' Medals. Ingrisano, a radio operator, flew with the 37th Squadron from August 1943 to the end of the war. His history is based primarily upon official records. It is heavily footnoted, contains personal recollections from members of the Group, and a roster of some 2700 names. Students of the air war in World War II, especially of vertical deployment of troops, and genealogists will find this history to be an excellent source for future research. He is also the author of a pre- and post-Civil War history, An Artilleryman's War: Gus Dey and the 2nd United States Artillery. Contents: Introduction; Preface; In the Beginning: 1942; The Middle East and North Africa: 1942-1943; HUSKY 1 and 2, and GIANT: Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944; To England; Settling In: Training, Training and More Training; Normandy: NEPTUNE: BOSTON and FREEPORT; TRANSFIGURE to MARKET GARDEN; MARKET GARDEN; Prelude to VARSITY; VARSITY; It's Over – Over There; Epilogue; Appendices: Combat Missions; Roll of Honor; Honors; Air Echelon, November 1942; Air Echelon, February 1944; Glider Pilots; Combat Crews: HUSKY 1 and HUSKY 2; Combat Crews: NEPTUNE: BOSTON and FREEPORT; Combat Crews: MARKET GARDEN; Combat Crews: VARSITY; Wing Mission Reports; 316th Troop Carrier Group Roster: 1942-1945; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 93 photos and illustrations; 29 maps and charts; 428 footnotes.

Hurricane Ace 1940: The flying career of the first Australian fighter ace of World War 2 – Flying Officer Les Clisby DFC, who flew and fought with 1 Squadron RAF in France

Reviews of Hurricane Ace 1940: The flying career of the first Australian fighter ace of World War 2 – Flying Officer Les Clisby DFC, who flew and fought with 1 Squadron RAF in France. Hurricane Ace 1940: The flying career of the first Australian fighter ace of World War 2 – Flying Officer Les Clisby DFC, who flew and fought with 1 Squadron RAF in France – Kindle edition by Lex McAulay. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Hurricane Ace 1940: The flying career of the first Australian fighter ace of World War 2 – Flying Officer Les Clisby DFC, who flew and fought with 1 Squadron RAF in France.. Buy online at Aviation Bookstore.

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Les Clisby was from Adelaide and joined the RAAF, graduated as a pilot and in 1937 was seconded to the RAF on a short service commission. He was posted to 1 Squadron and when war was declared in September 1939, went to France as part of the RAF contingent. He flew Hurricanes during that campaign, and took part in many combats. When the German blitzkrieg began on 10 May 1940, 1 squadron, like the rest of the RAF in France, struggled against the experienced numerically superior Luftwaffe formations. Clisby once landed alongside a Heinkel he shot down and captured the crew. The sheer intensity of the fighting meant that only a combination of luck and ability meant survival. Clisby's luck ran out on 14 may, in a combat with Messerschmitt Bf110s.
Les Clisby was the first Australian fighter ace of World War 2, though he flew with the RAF.
This account describes his youth, enlistment, travel to England and air force service, operational experiences in France, combats, death, and memorials to his memory.

Lords of the Sky: Fighter Pilots and Air Combat, from the Red Baron to the F-16

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The New York Times bestselling author of Viper Pilot and retired USAF F-16 legend Dan Hampton offers the first comprehensive popular history of combat aviation—a unique, entertaining, and action-packed look at the aces of the air and their machines, from the trailblazing aviators of World War I to today’s technologically expert warriors flying supersonic jets.

One of the most decorated fighter pilots in history, U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Dan Hampton goes back 100 years to tell the extraordinary stories of the most famous fighter planes and the brave and daring heroes who made them legend. Told in his acclaimed high-octane style, Lords of the Sky is a fresh and exhilarating look at the development of aviation for history and military buffs alike.

Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge: FAA-H-8083-25B (FAA Handbooks series)

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This official FAA handbook has been required reading for more than 30 years. Providing basic knowledge essential for all pilots, from beginning students through to the more advanced certificates, this Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) publication introduces readers to the broad spectrum of knowledge required as they progress through pilot training. Studying this book, pilots gain the required knowledge to earn a certificate and understand aerodynamic theory associated with airplane flight. Written for the pilot preparing for a Remote, Sport, Private, Commercial, or Flight Instructor Pilot Certificate, it is a key reference for all the information necessary to operate an aircraft and to pass the FAA Knowledge Exam and Practical Test (checkride).

This invaluable learning tool begins with a basic introduction to flying and a history of flight, then explores the role of the FAA, criteria for earning the various pilot certificates, how to select a flight school and instructor, and the tests associated with earning a pilot certificate. Topics covered include aeronautical decision making, aircraft construction, principles of flight, aerodynamics of flight, flight controls, aircraft systems, flight instruments, flight manuals and other documents, weight and balance, aircraft performance, weather theory, aviation weather services, airport operations, airspace, navigation, and aeromedical factors. Appendices provide additional support including acronyms, abbreviations, and NOTAM contractions, airport signs and markings, a glossary and index.