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Yet another first class reference source.
on 23 November 2012
David Mondey’s list of credits is most impressive. He is an internationally recognised air historian, has over 20 books published and contributes to significantly important works. In this book he concentrates on all US aircraft from WW2 and, in so doing, has provided a first class guide.
As with his similar works on the aeroplanes of other countries, the aircraft in this tome are set out in alphabetical order by make. Each specific aircraft then commences with a text headed “History and Notes” in which all the relevant background and history is covered and the numerous variations of different aircraft explained. To these are added line drawings showing front, top and side elevations, numerous artistic impressions and the occasional photograph. In several instances we are also treated to an artist's impression showing variations of aircraft type and livery.
There are a number of what are probably long-forgotten aircraft included here - such as the Allied LRA-1 which was a glider designed to assault-land 10 troops on either land or sea all alongside the more famous names with which we are familiar.
In my own work I frequently find myself researching either sunken aircraft or those involved with the loss of a particular ship and this book gives me all the historical and technical details I need before pursuing a specific aircraft.
An excellent publication.