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Douglas A-20 Havoc Pilot's Flight Operating Instructions By United States Army Air Force
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Designed by Douglas Aviation engineer Ed Heinemann, the A-20 Havoc and its variants served in the U.S. Army Air Force and those of several allies. The plane was configured for attack, night fighter,... More > and bomber roles, and nearly 7,500 were built from 1939 through 1944. The first order for the Havoc came from the French, who extensively tested the prototype aircraft after the USAAF failed to place an order. The French insisted on modifications that included new 1000 hp Pratt & Whitney engines (later upgraded to 1100 hp) and a narrower fuselage. The improved A-20’s speed and handling compared favorably to a fighter aircraft. Little wonder it became one of the most extensively-built light bombers of WWII. Originally printed by the U.S. Army Air Force and Douglas, this handbook provides a fascinating glimpse inside the cockpit of this warbird. Originally classified “Restricted”, the manual was declassified and is here reprinted in book form.< Less
World War 2 War in the Air By Ronald Ledwell
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In the first weeks of the German invasion of the Soviet Union, the Russian Air Force was nearly wiped out on the ground by the Luftwaffe, leaving Stalin with very few aircraft to fend off the German... More > onslaught. The American and British allies rapidly sent fighters to help the Russians. British Hurricanes and American Airacobras were rushed into service defending Soviet airspace over the broad Russian steppe. Even a squadron of Free French pilots fought alongside their Soviet allies.< Less
World War 2 In Review No. 64: Air Power By Merriam Press
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Merriam Press World War 2 In Review Series. The following articles on World War II are in this issue: (1) The French Air Force in 1940: Was It Defeated by the Luftwaffe or by Politics? (2) Aerial... More > Reconnaissance in World War II (3) American 25th Air Service Group (4) Supply Kings: 31 Squadron, RAF (5) Eighth Air Force, USAAF (6) Second Air Division Organization, Eighth Air Force (7) With Five Focke-Wulfs on Her Tail (8) Lieutenant Colin Kelly, USAAC (9) Lieutenant General Edward J. Timberlake, USAAF (10) Johnny Eager: The Legend of American Ace Jerry Johnson (11) Fighter Combat Tactics in the Southwest Pacific Area (12) The Forgotten Allies: A French Family’s Contribution (13) Naval Air Station Bermuda Annex (14) Burtonwood Airfield (RAF/USAAF) (15) Brigadier General Harold H. George, USAAF (16) British Glider Pilot Regiment (17) Frachtenschlepper: Glider-Towing Units of the Luftwaffe with 206 B&W/color photos/illus.< Less
Flying on a Wing and a Prayer By Ralph Patton
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In 1942 Ralph left behind days behind an adding machine, week nights in accounting courses and weekends courting sweetheart Bette Lou and joined the Army Air Corps. He survived cadet shenanigans and... More > rookie pilot mistakes to join the "Mighty 8th Air Force" flying over Nazi-occupied Europe. But nothing in his training prepared him for bailing out of his B-17 over occupied France. There, he found himself forced to rely on the courage and kindness of ordinary French men and women, who risked everything to help him. This is his story and theirs.< Less
Fallen Fortress By Tom Bartlett
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On April 27th, 1944, an 8th Air Force B-17 piloted by Lt. W. C. Shaddix was hit by anti-aircraft fire over Belgium. Shaddix and his crew bailed out of their crippled bomber and Shaddix alone was... More > able to elude capture by the German Army. The rest of his crew spent the war in German POW camps. Shaddix was hidden and protected by the Belgian underground who passed him along from family to family. While trying to make his way to neutral Spain along with another downed pilot, Shaddix was picked up by the French Underground who were fighting a guerilla war in the Ardennes Forest. He joined them in their battle against the retreating German Army. Finally their unit was swept up by Patton’s 3rd Army as it raced across Europe. Drawing on interviews, diaries, and recently declassified documents, author Tom Bartlett, a former Air Force officer, traces the remarkable story of the training, survival, and return of a downed Air Force pilot.< Less
Love and Glory - memorial edition By F. R. Chaffin
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A grand romance and historic adventure set to the backdrop of World War II. Meet the ace, PJ Wheeler, a wealthy, womanizing grandson of a powerful U.S. Senator, who chooses the perils of fighter... More > pilot combat over the safety his grandfather’s influence could have assured him; the navigator, Joe Beauman, a rugged, romantic farm boy turned hardened B-17 navigator; the war correspondent, Janice Courtenay, sought-after beauty and accomplished journalist; the spy, Melissa Sullivan, exotic singer and courtesan informant; and the passionate Marie Saint-Claire, who risks everything in her support of the French Resistance. Experience the tawdriness of a Cairo brothel; the terror of the crew in the fuselage of a flak-riddled B-17 bomber; and the thrill of P38 vs Messerscmidtt dogfights. Love and Glory is fiction, infused with very real tales that only a World War II combat veteran — remembering all the exquisite detail of wartime America and the North African Campaign — could tell.< Less
Before I Forget - large type By Arthur S. Collins
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Author Arthur S. Collins chronicles his passage from university teen in 1939 to pilot with Canada’s 400 Squadron, flying Spitfires and Mustangs in missions over Europe at the height of World... More > War II. Presented as a reconstructed diary, based on recollections and research, the book is a highly personal, witty and compelling description of life experiences typical of a young RCAF airman serving overseas in the early 1940s. The book details his induction and training, the treacherous daily routine of flying sorties, extraordinary bombing missions such as Operation Jericho to free the inmates of a French prison, and the intensive reconnaissance work contributed by the 400 Squadron, dubbed “Eisenhower’s Eyes,” in preparation for the Normandy invasion of 1944. Later becoming an advertising executive, Mr. Collins was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross during the war and, in 2004, was inducted by France into the Légion d'Honneur on D-Day’s 60th anniversary.< Less
Before I Forget - large type By Arthur S. Collins
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Author Arthur S. Collins chronicles his passage from university teen in 1939 to pilot with Canada’s 400 Squadron, flying Spitfires and Mustangs in missions over Europe at the height of World... More > War II. Presented as a reconstructed diary, based on recollections and research, the book is a highly personal, witty and compelling description of life experiences typical of a young RCAF airman serving overseas in the early 1940s. The book details his induction and training, the treacherous daily routine of flying sorties, extraordinary bombing missions such as Operation Jericho to free the inmates of a French prison, and the intensive reconnaissance work contributed by the 400 Squadron, dubbed “Eisenhower’s Eyes,” in preparation for the Normandy invasion of 1944. Later becoming an advertising executive, Mr. Collins was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross during the war and, in 2004, was inducted by France into the Légion d'Honneur on D-Day’s 60th anniversary.< Less
Jackie and the G.I.s By Adrien Bobèche
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Post WWII, a US Army base has been set up at Châteauroux’s Airport in the center of France. Young locals were impressed by the new organization and some took the opportunity to work with... More > the G.I.s as a chance to start their career. Along with their daily routine, the French and Americans were both learning from their different ways of life, in a time also subject to black market, prostitution and other underground chronicles. In "Jackie and the G.I.s", Adrien Bobèche delivers part of his story as a young man and brings to life this untold sequence of History.< Less
Jackie and the G.I.s By Adrien Bobèche
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Post WWII, a US Army base has been set up at Châteauroux’s Airport in the center of France. Young locals were impressed by the new organization and some took the opportunity to work with... More > the G.I.s as a chance to start their career. Along with their daily routine, the French and Americans were both learning from their different ways of life, in a time also subject to black market, prostitution and other underground chronicles. In "Jackie and the G.I.s", Adrien Bobèche delivers part of his story as a young man and brings to life this untold sequence of History.< Less

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