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Fighter Command 1939-45 : Photographs from the Imperial War Museum [Hardcover]

Ian Carter
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16 May 2002
Following on from his companion volume on Bomber Command, the author has assembled this year-by-year pictorial record which draws upon the comprehensive archive held by the Imperial War Museum.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing; First Edition edition (16 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711028427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711028425
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 20.7 x 25.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,075,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fighter C 15 Jan 2012
Format:Hardcover
The friend who I purchased this for is a RAF buff and could not put the book down until he had completely read it.
A good purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fighter Command 6 Jan 2012
By manxman
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I was very pleased with purchase. Most of the photographs were incredible, the text well writen aand concise. Well worth the purchase price.Fighter Command 1936-1968: An Operational and Historical Record
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely pictorial tribute to RAF Fighter Command 1939 - 1945 11 Nov 2013
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Pictorial books by definition live and die by the photos, their depiction and the quality of the prints. The author did it all right in this book, and so the reader is presented with a fine and lovely pictorial tribute to RAF Fighter Command during WWII.

All the pictures are form the Imperial War Museum's collection, most of them previously unpublished. The author has done a fine job in selecting each picture, researching and documenting it as best as possible, and then summarize the results in concise but informative captions. Most of the pictures are of the highest quality, and are nicely printed in glossy paper. While it would have been nice to have a bigger format, without a doubt this would have also driven the price higher. The short introduction into each chapter (one per year) is surprisingly interesting and informative, and makes a well suited companion to the following pictures. If there can be some criticism, it would be the complete lack of color pictures (at least a few pages would have been nice, particularly to compare the different camouflages and aircraft markings). Also, while understandably the importance of Fighter Command in 1945 was much less than in previous years due to the rapid advance of Allied Forces into Germany, the coverage of this year falls rather short.

Overall, this is a lovely pictorial book and a well-deserved tribute to the many fine men and women of the RAF Fighter Command, which makes both for a fine coffee-table book as well as a good reference source - highly recommended.
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Photo-Guide to RAF Fighter Command! 2 Feb 2013
By Michael OConnor - Published on Amazon.com
A companion piece to his BOMBER COMMAND 1939-1945 volume, Ian Carter's FIGHTER COMMAND 1939-1945 is an engaging photo-history of the Royal Air Force's fighter squadrons at war. Published in 2002 by Ian Allan, Carter's book is chock-full of vintage b&w photographs, most drawn from the Imperial War Museum collection.

After an opening chapter summarizing and illustrating Fighter Command's creation in 1936 and its pre-WW II history, Carter offers year-by-year coverage featuring a two- to nine-page summary of the year's activities followed by by dozens of well-captioned photographs of aircrew, aircraft, squadron life, crashed British and German aircraft, gun-camera footage and so on. Generally there are two pix per page. The photographs are well-captioned and even include the IWM photo number.

Royal Air Force enthusiasts will enjoy Carter's tribute to Fighter Command. Many of Fighter Command's 'leading lights' such as Cobber Kain, Bob Braham, Johnnie Johnson and Don Kingaby are featured along with scads of rarely-seen images of Spits, Hurris, Mossies, Typhoons and Tempests in action. Recommended.
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