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P 61 Black Widow Units Of World War 2

Author : Warren Thompson
ISBN : 9781782006787
Genre : History
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The first aircraft to be purposely designed as a radar-equipped nightfigher, Northrop's P-61 Black Widow was heavily influenced by early RAF combat experience with radar-equipped aircraft in 1940/41. Built essentially around the bulky Radiation Laboratory SCR-720 radar, which was mounted in the aircraft's nose, the P-61 proved to be the largest fighter ever produced for frontline service by the USAAF. Twin-engined and twin-boomed, the Black Widow was armed with a dorsal barbette of four 0.50-in Browning machine guns and two ventrally-mounted 20 mm cannon. This volume features all the frontline users of the mighty P-61, and includes many first-hand accounts from pilots and gunners who saw action in the Pacific, Mediterranean and Western Europe.
Category: History

Weapons And Warfare From Ancient And Medieval Times To The 21st Century 2 Volumes

Author : Spencer C. Tucker
ISBN : 9781440867286
Genre : History
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This work covers major weapons throughout human history, beginning with clubs and maces; through crossbows, swords, and gunpowder; up to the hypersonic railgun, lasers, and robotic weapons under development today. Weapons and Warfare is designed to provide students with a comprehensive and highly informative overview of weapons and their impact on the course of human history. In addition to providing basic factual information, this encyclopedia will delve into the greater historical context and significance of each weapon. The chronological organization by time period will enable readers to fully understand the evolution of weapons throughout history. The work begins with a foreword by a top scholar and a detailed introductory essay by the editor that provides an illuminating historical overview of weapons. It then offers entries on more than 650 individual weapons systems. Each entry has sources for further reading. The weapons are presented alphabetically within six time periods, ranging from the prehistoric and ancient periods to the contemporary period. Each period has its own introduction that treats the major trends occurring in that era. In addition, 50 sidebars offer fascinating facts on various weapons. Numerous illustrations throughout the text are also included. Includes an informative foreword on the impact of weapons on tactics by distinguished historian British Army Major General Mungo Melvin (Retired) Offers individual introductory essays to each of the six chronological sections of the book Provides concise studies, written distinguished military historians, of more than 650 important weapons systems Features 50 sidebars that supply interesting insights related to the employment of various weapons
Category: History

Deny Them The Night Sky

Author : Eric Shulenberger
ISBN : UCSD:31822039258272
Genre : CD-ROMs
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This is the detailed story of the 548th (P-61 Black Widow) Night Fighter Squadron in the Pacific Campaign of WW-2. It is written by the son of a 548th Radar Observer, and is lavishly illustrated wtih photographs, documents, memorabilia, and drawn-from-memory illustrations provided by over 30 Squadron veterans. Comes with photo CD of all images in text, for examining fine details. Story is mostly first-person and follows the Squadron from startup, through training, through action in the Pacific (Iwo Jima, Okinawa, others), to its deactivation in late 1945. Unusual in its thorough coverage of all aspects of Squadron function and operations, not just aircraft and aircrews.
Category: CD-ROMs

Junkers Ju 87 Stukageschwader Of North Africa And The Mediterranean

Author : John Weal
ISBN : 1855327228
Genre : History
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The 'terror weapon' of the invasion of Poland at the start of World War II (1939-1945), the assault on Scandinavia and the Blitzkrieg through western Europe, the Ju 87 Stuka had had its reputation severely dented during the Battle of Britain, where its vulnerability to fighter aircraft in hostile skies was savagely exposed. Licking their wounds, the Stukageschwader were sent south-east from their bases in France to the warmer climes of the Balkans in early 1941. In mid-1941, again frustrated at the inability of the Italians to defeat numerically inferior Allied forces, the Germans arrived in North Africa. Included in the force were Ju 87s. However, like operations on the African continent, their efforts were doomed to failure, and from mid-1942 onwards the Stuka proved to be little more than cannon fodder for Allied fighters.
Category: History

Us Medium Bomber Units Of World War 2

Author : Jerry Scutts
ISBN : STANFORD:36105025769139
Genre : History
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This book, by one of Britain's best known aviation writers, illustrates the history of the various US medium bomber squadrons, their deployment and operations in the period leading to the final defeat of Nazi Germany in May 1945. Alongside the enlightening text there are detailed appendices listing operational dates, group/squadron identifying code letters and the transfer of medium bombers to continental bases.
Category: History

Usaaf Fighters Of World War Two In Action

Author : Michael D. O'Leary
ISBN : WISC:89058512005
Genre : Airplanes, Military
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Covers, among others: Curtiss P-36; Lockheed P-38 Lightning; Bell P-39 Airacobra; Curtiss P-40; Republic P-47 Thunderbolt; North American P-51 Mustang; Northrop P-61 Black Widow; Bell P-63 Kingcobra.
Category: Airplanes, Military

Sopwith Camel Aces Of World War 1

Author : Norman Franks
ISBN : 1841765341
Genre : History
File Size : 35.25 MB
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Responsible for destroying 1294 enemy aircraft between June 1917 and November 1918, the Camel was the most successful fighting scout employed by either side in terms of the sheer number of victories that it scored. The Camel was renowned for its sensitivity and need for skill and experience, and casualties amongst pilots undergoing training on the type were very high. More than 5490 examples were constructed, and this book covers its combat use on the Western Front, in Palestine, on the Italian front, in the Home Defence role in the UK and in Russia.
Category: History

Fokker D Vii Aces Of World War 1

Author : Norman Franks
ISBN : 1841765333
Genre : History
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Designed in a great rush at the end of 1917 just in time to take part in the German standard fighter competition held in January/February 1918, the D VII easily walked away with first prize. As Germanys premier fighter unit, von Richthofens JG I (led by Hermann Göring in the wake of the 'Red Baron's' recent death) received the first examples of the D VII to reach the frontline in late April. Built to oppose the new generation of French SPAD XIIIs and British SE 5as and Camel fighters, the D VII was arguably the best all-round fighting scout of the Great War.
Category: History

American Fighter Bombers In World War Ii

Author : William Wolf
ISBN : WISC:89081240657
Genre : Air warfare
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Lost in the air combat and air ace fanfare of World War II was the dangerous, unheralded and vital role played by USAAF fighter-bomber pilots over the Mediterranean and northwest Europe. Four times as many pilots were lost during strafing and ground attack sorties than were lost against the Luftwaffe in aerial combat. This extensive book is the first in-depth examination of American air-to-ground attack and explores numerous aspects of the subject. The three priorities of the fighter-bomber - air superiority, interdiction and close air support along with combat reports and pilot narratives - are put into the context of the various ground operations. The fighter-bomber pilot risked his life every day against the thickest flak in the war to deprive the enemy of vital reinforcements and supplies, altering his strategy and movement. AUTHOR:
Category: Air warfare

South Dakota In World War Ii

Author : South Dakota. World War II History Commission
ISBN : UCAL:B4506270
Genre : South Dakota
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American Fighters Of World War Two

Author : René J. Francillon
ISBN : UOM:39015003969725
Genre : Fighter planes
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Surveys the development of fighter aircraft adequate to defeat the Axis powers in the skies over Europe and the Pacific during World War II.
Category: Fighter planes

Twin Mustang

Author : Alan C Carey
ISBN : 9781783462216
Genre : History
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One of the most unusual and remarkable American fighter aircraft, the F-82 Twin Mustang was the last mass production propeller-driven fighter acquired by the U.S. Air Force. Originally intended as a very long-range fighter escort for the Boeing B-29 Superfortress during World War II, it arrived too late to see combat and evolved into a night and all-weather fighter during the post-war years. Combat operations in the Korean War followed, along with a host of other dynamic episodes of deployment. This work traces the developmental, operational, and combat history of this unique American fighter and features 120 photographs and illustrations, many of which have never been published before.??Seven chapters, all extensively illustrated, cover the aircraft's development, descriptions of the variants and sub-types, details of initial entry into service, three chapters covering the F-82's service in the Korean War, and a final chapter detailing the type's removal from the Korean War Theatre in February 1952, to see out its operational days in the Alaskan Air Defence Command.??An appendix section follows, featuring tables of the different variants, an illustrated list of known nose art applied to F-82s, and an entry of losses suffered in the Korean War. All these additional details bring new points of interest to the popular Images of War format, making for a richer, more informative reading experience.??Focussing on an overlooked type, deployed in a conflict often side-lined within mainstream war histories, this publication offers a much deserved platform upon which to appreciate this dynamic and immensely interesting aircraft.
Category: History

Fighters Of The 20th Century

Author : Jim Winchester
ISBN : IND:30000112565613
Genre : History
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A guide to the most famous fighter aircraft of the 20th century. It includes examples from around the world in chronological order so that the best of every period can be compared, from triplanes to supersonic interceptors. Specifications give powerplants, dimensions, performance and armament.
Category: History

World War Ii

Author : Don McCombs
ISBN : PSU:000033598246
Genre : History
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Even the most knowledgeable World War II buff will appreciate this treasury of unusual and intriguing information about the battles, backgrounds, and players in the Allied and Axis powers.
Category: History

Warplanes Of World War Ii

Author : Robert Jackson
ISBN : 0785814779
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 87.28 MB
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Category: Social Science