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The Douglas B-18 and B-23: America's Forsaken Warriors (Crecy Publishing)

The Douglas B-18 and B-23: America's Forsaken Warriors (Crecy Publishing)
Autor: Dan Hagedorn
Data publikacji: 2015-06
ISBN: 9780859791786
Wydawca: CRECY
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 1.3 x 21.6 x 29
Oprawa: twarda
Liczba stron: 298
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Photos/Illus: over 380 photographs and diagrams

What manner of aircraft pioneered airborne radar and anti‐submarine warfare, almost replaced the immortal Boeing B‐17 Flying Fortress, and yet disappeared from the annals of aviation history with not so much as a footnote in most authoritative histories of the econd World War? The elusive Douglas B‐18bomber.

The authors' research appears to have been all encompassing. The text gives the impression that every remaining document and photograph with the B-18 as the subject has passed through their hands and that every surviving soul with any connection to the B-18 has been interviewed. Unfortunately, the book is not referenced in any degree; there is not even a bibliography although previous works are mentioned in the text. There are footnotes but they are entirely explanatory not referential.

There are numerous color profiles throughout the book of about average quality. There are 7 pages of conventional line drawings. These are not to a consistent scale but merely sized to fit the page. There are numerous period documents and drawings reproduced which adds great value and appeal to the book. There are also a number of period maps reproduced which are helpful in following the text but are reproduced at too small a size to be completely satisfactory. There are many, many photographs throughout the book, a number in color. Again, more than a few are reproduced at too small a size.

The very few stories that have appeared since the end of the war invariably spoke of the aircraft in crude and disparaging term including “The bomber that nobody wanted,” but more than 30 surviving crew members who served aboard the aircraft, had no such disparaging words. How could so many people be so wrong?

Developed in parallel to the DC‐1, the B‐18 and it’s obscure development, the handsome B‐23 were precisely the right aircraft, at the right time, to help America defeat the serious Axis submarine threat in the Caribbean and train most of the B‐17 crews who headed overseas.

Serving in every theatre of war, from Iceland, Canada and the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, through the Caribbean and Latin America to the remote Galapagos, Alaska, Hawaii, Java, Australia and the Philippines, the B.18 was lauded by crew members as a superb anti‐submarine aircraft. Indeed, some were amongst the first USAAC aircraft to strike back at the invading Japanese forces in the Far East, and others were lost to both aerial and surface combat.

For the first time, this in depth study of the development, operational units, series colours, wartime activities and full production list of these 340 aircraft combine with over 380 drawings and photographs to reveal thetrue impact of America’s forgotten warriors.

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