Air Combat: Dogfights of World War II

Air Combat: Dogfights of World War II


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The battle for the skies in World War II fuelled a race between rival air forces to develop ever faster and more capable fighter aircraft – and the struggle for air superiority was never over until the war itself ended.

This volume explores four clashes of some of the finest planes and pilots, in key theatres of the war: Spitfires duelling the formidable Bf 109 over the Channel, the Fw 190 battling the Soviet La 5 and 7 on the Eastern Front, the F4F Wildcat in a desperate clash with the legendary A6M Zero-sen, and the F4U Corsair in combat with the second-generation Japanese Ki-84 in the closing days of the war.

Fully illustrated with contemporary photographs, maps and colour artwork, Air Combat conveys the full story behind these dramatic aviation duels.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472836762
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 01/22/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 217,434
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Osprey Aviation Editor since 1989, Tony Holmes is a native of Fremantle, Western Australia. Responsible for devising the Aircraft of the Aces, Combat Aircraft, Aviation Elite Units, Duel and X-Planes series, Tony has also written more than 30 books for Osprey over the past three decades.

Table of Contents

Foreword 7

Part I Channel Clashes: Spitfire II/V vs Bf 109F Tony Holmes 13

The Machines 15

Type History 26

The Strategic Situation 38

The Men 45

Into Combat 60

Analysis 82

Aftermath 88

Part II Hell in the Pacific: F4F Wildcat vs A6M Zero-sen Edward M. Young 91

The Machines 95

Type History 110

The Strategic Situation 119

The Men 124

Into Combat 133

Analysis 161

Aftermath 164

Part III Air War in the East: La-5/7 vs Fw 190 Dmitriy Khazanov Aleksander Medved 167

The Machines 171

Type History 187

The Strategic Situation 199

The Men 214

Into Combat 228

Analysis 243

Aftermath 246

Part IV III-Fated Defence of the Home Islands: F4U Corsair vs Ki-84 'Frank' Edward M. Young 251

The Machines 254

Type History 270

The Strategic Situation 277

The Men 282

Into Combat 290

Analysis 315

Aftermath 321

Further Reading 324

Index 329

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