Amazon Price: $22.95 $22.95 (as of January 23, 2018 8:40 am –
One of the "top picks for specialized military holdings" – California Bookwatch
The Fokker Eindecker (monoplane) can truly be said to have begun the age of fighter aviation. With the development of its revolutionary synchronised system that enabled the machine gun to fire through the propellor, Fokker E I pilots caused consternation in the Allied air services as they began to reap a harvest of victims in the summer of 1915. While the first victory with a Fokker E-type is now believed to have been earned by Kurt Wintgens on 1 July 1915, it was the exploits of Max Immelmann and Oswald Boelcke that made the machine legendary. These men, along with others such as Parschau and Hohndorf, received the adulation of the German public along with such honors as the first awards of the coveted Blue Max. They created the tactics and principles of German fighter aviation as they did so, developing doctrine that is still relevant to today's fighter pilots.
Continue reading “Early German Aces of World War I (Aircraft of the Aces)”
Amazon Price: $17.95 $12.87 You save: $5.08 (28%). (as of January 22, 2018 5:51 pm –
The destruction of much of the remainder of the Japanese fleet and its air arm in the later half of 1944 left the Japanese Home Islands vulnerable to attack by US naval and air forces. In desperation, the Imperial Japanese Navy proposed using "special attack" formations, a euphemism for suicide attacks. These initially consisted of crude improvisations of conventional aircraft fitted with high-explosive bombs that could be crashed into US warships. Called "Divine Wind" (Kamikaze), the special attack formations first saw action in 1944, and became the scourge of the US fleet in the battles for Iwo Jima and Okinawa in 1945.
In view of the success of these attacks, the Japanese armed forces began to develop an entire range of new special attack weapons. This book begins by examining the initial kamikaze aircraft attacks, but the focus of the book is on the dedicated special attack weapons developed in 1944, including the Ohka, a rocket-powered guided missile and the Kaiten man-guided torpedo submarines. It also covers specialized suicide attack weapons such as anti-tank lunge mines. Much of the information in this book comes from little known US intelligence reports and photos compiled after the war that have never been widely published.
Reviews of Shot Down and in the Drink: True Stories of RAF and Commonwealth Aircrews Saved from the Sea in WWII. Shot Down and in the Drink: True Stories of RAF and Commonwealth Aircrews Saved from the Sea in WWII [Graham Pitchfork] on . *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The RAF's Air Sea Rescue Service saved thousands of RAF, Commonwealth and Allied airmen between 1939 and 1945. This fascinating account draws on first-hand interviews. Buy online at Aviation Bookstore.
Amazon Price: $15.00 $10.25 You save: $4.75 (32%). (as of January 22, 2018 3:21 pm –
The RAF's Air Sea Rescue Service saved thousands of
RAF, Commonwealth and Allied airmen between 1939 and
1945. This fascinating account draws on first-hand
interviews, photographs and official documents to reveal
some of its most dramatic missions in northwest Europe,
the Mediterranean and the Far East. Those shot down at sea faced terrifying dangers, from weather extremes to enemy
fighters, and rescue by airborne or seaborne craft was
fraught with difficulty. These incredible stories celebrate the courage, persistence and ingenuity of the men who found
themselves 'in the drink' and those who saved them.
Reviews of Shot Down and on the Run: True Stories of RAF and Commonwealth Aircrews of WWII. Shot Down and on the Run: True Stories of RAF and Commonwealth Aircrews of WWII [Graham Pitchfork] on . *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Thousands of airmen shot down over enemy soil between 1940 and 1945 miraculously escaped capture. This compelling narrative reveals their stories. Buy online at Aviation Bookstore.
Amazon Price: $15.00 $15.00 (as of January 22, 2018 2:57 pm –
Thousands of airmen shot down over enemy soil between
1940 and 1945 miraculously escaped capture. This compelling narrative reveals their stories, based on first-hand interviews, photographs and official documents, featuring heroes from Britain, Canada, Australia and other Commonwealth
countries. These men knew extreme adversity: hunger, thirst, injury, isolation and the constant fear of capture. They also knew great kindness from the local people who risked everything to help them. Their journeys to safety – often across savage terrain – tested human endurance and ingenuity to the very limit.
Amazon Price: $17.95 $15.89 You save: $2.06 (11%). (as of January 22, 2018 10:38 pm –
On 2 July 1900 the people of Friedrichshafen, Germany, witnessed a momentous occasion – the first flight of LZ 1, Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin's first airship. Although deemed a failure, a succession of better craft (LZ2 to 10) enabled the Zeppelin to expand into the consumer market of airship travel, whilst also providing military craft for the German Army and Navy. The years of the Great War saw the Zeppelins undertake strategic bombing missions against Great Britain. This title covers the post-war fate of the Zeppelins, including the crash of the Hindenburg, and their use by the Luftwaffe at the beginning of World War II.