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P-61 Black Widow Units of World War 2: 8 (Combat Aircraft) by [Thompson, Warren]
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"The P-61 Black Widow is one of the most interesting aircraft of WWII. Although it did not serve in great numbers, this technologically advanced aircraft had a pioneering role as a night fighter using radar and heavy armament to intercept enemy planes... The book has an appendix of P-61 victories, units and specifications of the different variants. Illustrated with many waritme photographs, the book also includes an extensive color plate and aircraft profile section." -"www.pacificwrecks.com"

About the Author

Warren Thompson has written three books on the Korean War for Osprey in the past, including the best-selling Korean War Aces in the Aircraft of the Aces series. He is also an official historian of the P-61 aircrew association. Mark Styling has illustrated several books in both the Aces and Combat Aircraft series. He has recently switched mediums from airbrush to Mac art, and has produced some of the best profiles Osprey has used to date in Combat Aircraft 18

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5810 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (15 Sept. 1998)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009ZDEENW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,118,451 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book covers P-61 operations and all units. It includes excellent color art, many photos and descriptions of combat. Mr. Thompson begins with a brief "prelude to combat" including comments from Northrop test pilot John Meyers. Next we move to chapters on the various areas in which the Black Widow served, beginning with the European Theatre of Operations. Contained within each theatre chapter are many "in theatre" photographs and combat recollections. Then comes a full color art section of both "nose art" and entire aircraft. Chapters on the Mediterranean, Pacific and China/Burma/India theatres follow. An interesting revelation in the Pacific chapter is the clever use of floatplanes by the Japanese to attempt to decoy P-61s from more important targets. The book is completed with "kill" listings, scale drawings and explanations of the artwork. If you want an operational overview of the P-61 Black Widow you would'nt go wrong with this book.
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I enjoyed this, but I do wish it had had more info on combat accounts and colour plates. Overall I can't fault it as there were other reviews that advised what the book contianed but bought it anyway.
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Verry good.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x94d3a0f0) out of 5 stars 20 reviews
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94cc9df8) out of 5 stars A thorough coverage of Black Widow operational use. 27 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Among the very few books dealing with this little known night fighter, this book does a really good job collecting anecdotes and previously unpublished photos. Thompson divides the book by combat theaters making it easy for a modeler to find his/her favorite subjects. The color plates are well done and the nose art details very helpful. If one combines this book (useful for reseach of aircraft markings) with the Warbird Tech series P-61 book (useful for detailed close-ups and type developements), you have a pretty complete reference set on this small chapter of WWII aerial combat history. Recommended.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94cc9fd8) out of 5 stars Color art and combat descriptions set this book apart. 21 May 1999
By Randy McLish - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book covers P-61 operations and all units. It includes excellent color art, many photos and descriptions of combat. Mr. Thompson begins with a brief "prelude to combat" including comments from Northrop test pilot John Meyers. Next we move to chapters on the various areas in which the Black Widow served, beginning with the European Theatre of Operations. Contained within each theatre chapter are many "in theatre" photographs and combat recollections. Then comes a full color art section of both "nose art" and entire aircraft. Chapters on Mediterranean, Pacific and China/Burma/India theatres follow. An interesting revelation in the Pacific chapter is the clever use of floatplanes by the Japanese to attempt to decoy P-61's from more important targets. The book is completed with "Kill" listings, scale drawings and explanations of the artwork. If you want an operational overview of the P-61 Black Widow you wouldn't go wrong with this book.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94ccb168) out of 5 stars An Excellant Resource on the P-61 19 Nov. 2007
By R. W. Huff - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are looking for a book highly detailed on the P-61 then check this book out! It is full of detailed information on every aspect of the P-61. From the information about it's use in each major theater to the details on the different color schemes, and nose art. There are also many pictures throughout, several pictures I had never seen before. Finally there are thorough accounts of the crews who flew the P-61, and even details of their flight suits. Besides all this, you can't beat the price!
HASH(0x94ccb024) out of 5 stars Excellent color profiles of aircraft within theaters. 15 Jan. 2014
By barney2 - Published on Amazon.com
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My father was a radar gunner in the 325th in Europe around 1945. I would have loved to see a little more information about the 325th. Many of the pictures and information can be found in other texts, but the book was well worth the price for my collection.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94cc9fa8) out of 5 stars The P-61, A Unique Aircraft 18 Jun. 2013
By Carl Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
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The P-61 was a night fighter aircraft. It had a radar and other special equipment to find and shoot down enemy aircraft at night. It is important to note that the technology of the day did not have a single all-weather, day and night fighter.

My interest in this book stems from the fact that my Grandfather served in a P-61 squadron during WWII. His outfit-the 422nd Night Fighter Squadron. He was the squadron photographer, and his image is in several photographs. Several of the pictures are attributed to him.

This book is heavy on pictures and drawings but is light on the whole story of the night fighter squadrons. The actions of ground crews aren't recorded. How the squadrons moved their aircraft from the States to the Theaters of Operations remain unknown. The maintenance of the aircraft is a dark area, as well as the staff sections, and all-important radar operators. During the epic Battle of the Bulge, the 422nd and 425th's actions are only described in terms of air-to-air fighting. What about close air support?

A good picture book and overall account but tragically lacking the full story of the Night Fighter Squadrons.
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