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53 Stormo
Mattioli, Marco
ISBN: 9781846039775
Osprey Pub Co  2010 
 Soft Cover New book, 128 pages, AEU038. Formed in May 1936, 53 Stormo was initially equipped with the iconic Fiat CR.32 biplane fighter. These were replaced by CR.42s three years later, and upon Italy's declaration of war on the Allies in June 1940, the unit saw action against French and British aircraft that same month. With France defeated, the Regia Aeronautica turned its attention to Greece, and 53 Stormo's 150 Gruppo was again in the forefront of the action against RAF Gladiators - the unit also operated over Yugoslavia. Meanwhile, 53 Stormo's 151 Gruppo had been sent to Libya in July 1940, and it saw considerable action in North Africa until returning to Italy in January 1942. 150 Gruppo had also been sent to North Africa in early 1941, the unit having by then re-equipped with Macchi C.200s. Operations against Malta followed during the summer of 1942, when 53 Stormo was issued with Macchi C.202s. As the Allies gained ground in North Africa in late 1942, and then launched a series of offensives in the Mediterranean, numerous Italian fighter units were pulled back to defend the homeland, and amongst these was 53 Stormo, which was issued with 50+ Bf 109Gs sourced from Jagdgeschwader 53 in early 1943. After flying defensive operations over Sicily and Pantellaria, 53 Stormo fought its final actions over Rome, Torino and Milan. 150 Gruppo claimed its final kill on 8 September 1943, and this also proved to be the last victory credited to the Regia Aeronautica prior to Italy's surrender the following day. With firsthand accounts sourced from the archives, numerous period photos and colorful artwork, this books further broadens the coverage of Osprey's Elite Units series.   As New
Price: $24.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005558  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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57th Fighter Group - First in the Blue
Molesworth, Carl
ISBN: 9781849083379
Osprey Pub Co  2011 
 Soft Cover New book, 128 pages, AEU039. Organized in January 1941, just as the United States was building up military forces for its inevitable entry into World War II, the 57th Fighter Group was the first USAAF fighter unit to go into action in North Africa. It went on to establish a number of other "firsts" during its illustrious combat history in this theater. Flying P-40 Warhawks, the pilots of the 57th entered combat in August 1942 and fought throughout the final Allied advance from El Alamein through the Axis surrender in Tunisia, the capture of Sicily and the invasion of Italy. Converting to the P-47D Thunderbolt in late 1943, the 57th continued pounding the retreating Axis forces in Italy until the end of the war in Europe. The 57th Fighter Group produced a number of aces during the war, and was also recognized for its pioneering achievements in the fighter-bomber role.   As New
Price: $24.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 008804  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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B-26 Marauder Units of the MTO
Styling, Mark
ISBN: 9781846033070
Osprey Pub Co  2008 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, COM73. The revolutionary design of the B-26 and its associated flight characteristics initially gained it a reputation as a 'widow maker' receiving nicknames such as 'The Baltimore Whore' and 'The Flying Prostitute' - both a reference to its short wingspan, i.e. no visible means of support! Gradual improvements to the design and the development of effective combat tactics enabled these units to make the B-26 a very effective and safe combat aircraft; it went on to play a major role in the defeat of Axis forces in North Africa, Italy, France and Germany. The bombing accuracy of the B-26s was unrivalled and they were therefore selected to bomb targets such as the Florentine rail network. Lt General Eaker MAAF CO said. 'When we teach the B-17s to bomb like the B-26s we will have accomplished our job'. Hastily trained on an airplane with a bad reputation and rushed into combat in North Africa, the MTO B-26 groups went on to gain an enviable reputation for bombing accuracy and low combat loss rate. Performing the dangerous close support and interdiction roles, the units played a major role in the defeat of Axis forces in North Africa, Italy and Germany. They proved the B-26 to be a highly reliable, effective medium bomber - indeed, an MTO-based B-26 was the first ever USAAF bomber to reach the 100-mission mark. It was the three MTO Bombardment Groups that established the Marauder as one of the USAAF's truly great aircraft of World War 2. Contents: Chapter 1: Training and Combat Debut, July 1942-May 1943 - Chapter 2: Targeting Italy, June-October 1943 - Chapter 3: Re-organisation and Consolidation, October 1943-February 1944 - Chapter 4: Marauder Operations March-August 1944 - Chapter 5: Operations from Corsica September 1944-November 1944 - Chapter 6: Into Germany, November 1944-May 1945 - Chapter 7: Marauder Markings - Appendices.  As New
Price: $28.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 002732  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Bf 109 Aces of North Africa and the Mediterranean
Scutts, Jerry
ISBN: 1855324482
Osprey Pub Co Westminster, Maryland, U.S.A. 1994 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, ACE02. Totally outnumbered throughout their short two-year sojourn in the Western Desert, the crack fighter pilots of the handful of Jagdgeschwader in-theatre fought an effective campaign in support of Rommel’s Afrika Korps against the British and American forces. Relying almost exclusively on the Luftwaffe’s staple fighter of World War 2, the Messerschmitt Bf 109, the battle-hardened aces used the aircraft’s superior performance to achieve incredible scores against the Allies. Similarly, once pushed out of North Africa, these units continued to take the fight to the RAF and USAAF from makeshift bases in northern Italy.  As New
Price: $23.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 004978  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Desert Prelude "Operation Compass"
Gustavsson, Hakan; Slongo, Ludovico
ISBN: 9788361421184
Mushroom Model Publications  2010 
 Soft Cover New book, 80 pages, 16 colour profiles, B&W photos. This is the second of two volumes providing an in-depth look at the air war over the North African desert in the early days of World War II. The equipment, organisation and operations of the Regia Aeronautica, RAF and French Air Force are described in detail. Possibly the last major combat in which both sides flew fighter bi-planes, it saw the Italian air arm take on the rather sparsely-equipped Allied forces in Egypt and Libya. This volume completes the story, up to the point in 1941 when German forces arrived to bolster the retreating Italian forces. Many unpublished photos, maps, colour profiles.  As New
Price: $48.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005029  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Desert Prelude: Early Clashes June - November 1940
Gustavsson, Hakan; Slongo, Ludovico
ISBN: 9788389450524
Mushroom Model Publications  2010 
 Soft Cover New book, 224 pages. The campaign in North Africa in 1940, between Italian and Commonwealth forces, has been little studied or written about. In this, the first of two volumes, the air war from June to November of 1940 is described, along with the associated ground and naval campaigns. For the British and allied forces this was a minor campaign, involving mostly aircraft types considered obsolete elsewhere, and this was the last aerial battlefield between biplane fighters. Nonetheless on both the Italian and British sides the top aces of WW2 made their mark, Teresio Martinoli and Thomas "Pat" Pattle respectively. Profusely illustrated with many rare photos, plus maps and colour profiles, these books are a tribute to those who fought in a forgotten, but significant, campaign. Volume 2, "Desert Prelude - Operation Compass", will complete the story.  As New
Price: $54.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 004419  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Fiat CR.42 Aces of World War 2
Gustavsson, Hakan; Slongo, Ludovico
ISBN: 9781846034275
Osprey Pub Co  2009 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, ACE90. The Fiat CR.42, a logical development of the Fiat CR.32, was the last single-seat fighter biplane to be produced. It entered service with the Italian Regia Aeronautica in May 1939 before being exported to Belgium, Hungary and Sweden. Its combat debut came when the Belgian air force threw its fleet into action during the German invasion of the Low Countries on 10th May 1940. Despite being quickly overwhelmed, the Belgian pilots managed to make a number of aerial claims. The CR.42 became heavily involved in the fighting in North Africa and although it was gradually replaced by more modern fighters, it continued in a point defence and ground support role until the end of the war. Drawing on research from a range of sources, this book examines the extensive employment of the Italian fighter plane during the course of World War II. Contents: Chapter 1 - Combat debut; Chapter 2 - North Africa; Chapter 3 - Battle of Britain; Chapter 4 - East Africa; Chapter 5 - Greece; Chapter 6 - Malta; Chapter 7 - Nightfighting; Chapter 8 - Hungary; Chapter 9 - Swansong; Appendices.  As New
Price: $24.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 006556  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Gloster Gladiator Aces
Thomas, Andrew
ISBN: 9781841762890
Osprey Pub Co  2002 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, ACE044. Never before has a single volume been devoted exclusively to the intrepid and disparate band of pilots who could claim to be Gladiator aces. Flying the ultimate British biplane fighter, pilots in China, Finland, East Africa, North Africa, Western Europe, the Mediterranean, Norway and the Middle East all scored the prerequisite five kills to become aces. The first individuals to do so were fighting marauding Japanese fighters and bombers attacking targets in China in 1938. The likes of Sheen, Tuck and Carey will also be featured in this volume, as they were among the many early war acers who cut their teeth in Fighter Command on the Gladiator.  As New
Price: $24.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007386  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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In a Now Forgotten Sky: the 31st Fighter Group in WW2
Kucera, Dennis
ISBN: 9781891268120
Flying Machines Press   
 Pictorial Cover New book, 436 pages. 450 photos, and 8 pages of colour profiles of 31st Spitfires and P-51 Mustangs. This volume is the first commercial history of the 31st Fighter Group in WW2, one of two American Groups to fly the Spitfire in North Africa and the Mediterranean, and also the highest-scoring fighter group in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations.  As New
Price: $89.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 004056  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Italian Aces of World War 2
Apostolo, Giorgio
ISBN: 9781841760780
Osprey Pub Co  2000 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, ACE34. Flying aircraft such as the Macchi 200-202, Fiat G.50 and biplane Fiat CR.42, the Italian fighter pilots were recognised by their Allied counterparts as brave opponents blessed with sound flying abilities, but employing under-gunned and underpowered equipment. Following the Italian surrender in September 1943, a number of aces continued to take the fight to the Allies as part of the Luftwaffe-run ANR, which was equipped with far more potent equipment such as the Bf 109G, Macchi 205V and Fiat G.55. Flying these types, the handful of ANR squadrons continued to oppose Allied bombing raids on northern Italy until VE-Day.  As New
Price: $28.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 003342  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Jagdgeschwader 27 'Afrika
Weal, John
ISBN: 9781841765389
Osprey Pub Co  2003 
 Soft Cover New book, 128 pages, AEU012. Synonymous with the Afrika Korps and the campaign in North Africa, JG 27 provided Rommel's army with fighter protection for virtually the whole roller coaster ride that was the war in the Western Desert from 1941-43. Formed in Germany on 1 October 1939 (with Adolf Galland as CO of I.Gruppe), JG 27 saw considerable action both during the Battles of France and Britain, downing 146 aircraft in the latter campaign alone. Sent to North Africa in April 1941, the geschwader had an immediate impact on the campaign, which had up until then been dominated by the Allies. The third volume in the Aviation Elite series on a German fighter geschwader, this book will once again prove popular with Luftwaffe enthusiasts and hobbyists alike.   As New
Price: $24.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005981  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Junkers Ju 88 Kampfgeschwader in North Africa and the Mediterranean
Weal, John
ISBN: 9781846033186
Osprey Pub Co  2009 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, COM75. This volume follows the Luftwaffe's twin-engined "Wunderbomber" southwards to describe its deployment in North Africa and the Mediterranean theater of war - from the Straits of Gibraltar in the west, via the beleaguered island of Malta, to the Aegean and the Suez Canal in the east. It is a story of two distinct parts - the initial lightning successes, and then the long, slow process of retreat and defeat. It began early in 1941 with the first sporadic air raids on Malta, followed in the spring by the campaign in the Balkans which resulted in the conquests of Yugoslavia, Greece and Crete. After supporting land operations in North Africa during the latter half of 1941, the Ju 88s resumed their assault on Malta. However, such was their decline that by the final month of the war there was just one machine left in the Mediterranean - an improved model Ju 188, which was used to drop Axis agents behind the Allied lines in Italy. Bringing the story to life are personal accounts of some of the more famous actions - the bombing of the evacuation shipping off the coast of Greece and the sinking of three Royal Navy destroyers south of Crete by the renowned 'Helbig Flyers' of LG 1, all illustrated with rare photographs and full color profiles.  As New
Price: $26.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 004517  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Macchi C.200 Saetta
Fernandez, Jose
ISBN: 9788361421511
Mushroom Model Publications  2012 
 Soft Cover New book, 112 pages. The Macchi C.200 Saetta (also variously identified as the MC.200) was a WWII fighter aircraft built by Aeronautica Macchi in Italy, and used in various forms throughout the Regia Aeronautica (Italian Air Force). The C.200 had excellent manoeuvrability and the general flying characteristics left little to be desired. The design, development and operations of these aircraft is told in detail, illustrated with many previously unpublished photos. Colour schemes and markings are described and illustrated. Scale plans in 1/72nd and 1/48th.   As New
Price: $32.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 006339  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Macchi C.202 Folgore
Skulski, Przemyslaw
ISBN: 9788361421665
Mushroom Model Publications Poland 2012 
 Soft Cover New book, 104 pages, Second edition, revised and extended. The development of the most famous Italian WWII fighter is described and illustrated. Combining the agility and excellent flying characteristics of the earlier MC.200 with a powerful German aero-engine, the Folgore was the best Italian fighter in large-scale service. It served with the Regia Aeronautica and other forces, including the Croatian air arm. This book describes the design, development and operations of this elegant and effective fighter. This expanded 2nd edition contains: scale plans, photos and drawings from Technical Manuals, superb colour illustrations of camouflage and markings, and rare b&w archive photographs. Colour photos of the preserved aircraft illustrate all aspects of the airframe. Essential reading for aviation enthusiasts & scale aeromodellers.   As New
Price: $34.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 006411  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Macchi C.205 Veltro
Skulski, Przemyslaw
ISBN: 9788365958709
Mushroom Model Publications  2020 
 Soft Cover New book, 128 pages. This detailed monograph covers the design and development of the Macchi C.205 Veltro (Italian for Greyhound), the main WWII production variant of this classic Italian fighter aircraft built by the Aeronautica Macchi. While the C.205 was able to match the best Allied opponents in speed and manoeuvrability, it was introduced late in the conflict. Owing to the limitations of the Italian war economy, only a small production run was delivered before the end of the war. Features include comprehensive technical details, production and service photographs, scale plans, illustrations from official manuals, a wide range of colour profiles and rare colour photographs from WWII.  As New
Price: $59.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 009575  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Macchi C.205 Veltro
Skulski, Przemyslaw
ISBN: 9788365958709
Mushroom Model Publications  2020 
 Soft Cover New book, 128 pages. This detailed monograph covers the design and development of the Macchi C.205 Veltro (Italian for Greyhound), the main WWII production variant of this classic Italian fighter aircraft built by the Aeronautica Macchi. While the C.205 was able to match the best Allied opponents in speed and manoeuvrability, it was introduced late in the conflict. Owing to the limitations of the Italian war economy, only a small production run was delivered before the end of the war. Features include comprehensive technical details, production and service photographs, scale plans, illustrations from official manuals, a wide range of colour profiles and rare colour photographs from WWII.  As New
Price: $59.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 009574  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Macchi C.205 Veltro
Skulski, Przemyslaw
ISBN: 9788365958709
Mushroom Model Publications  2020 
 Soft Cover New book, 128 pages. This detailed monograph covers the design and development of the Macchi C.205 Veltro (Italian for Greyhound), the main WWII production variant of this classic Italian fighter aircraft built by the Aeronautica Macchi. While the C.205 was able to match the best Allied opponents in speed and manoeuvrability, it was introduced late in the conflict. Owing to the limitations of the Italian war economy, only a small production run was delivered before the end of the war. Features include comprehensive technical details, production and service photographs, scale plans, illustrations from official manuals, a wide range of colour profiles and rare colour photographs from WWII.  As New
Price: $59.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 009576  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Macci C.205 Veltro Walk Around
Di Terlizzi, Maurizio
ISBN: 9780897475723
Squadron/Signal Publications  2008 
 Soft Cover New book, 80 pages, SS5558. With Allied bombing raids increasing in 1942, Italy's High Command launched a competition for Serie 5 (5th series) fighters. Fitted with a German DB.605 engine, the sleek Macchi C.205s proved able to blast Spitfires out of the sky after they were introduced in November 1942. The addition of wing mounted 20mm in the spring of 1943 enabled the C.205 to take on American heavy bombers as well. Following the Italian Armistice some C.205s turned their guns on Axis aircraft with success as well, even as Mussolini's loyalists continued to fly the plane in the colors of the German-backed 'Social Republic' in the north. The Germans themselves took advantage of the fighter, temporarily equipping an entire Gruppe of JG77. After the war, modified C.205s went on to serve the Royal Egyptian Air Force during its 1948 war with Israel. Get a close-up look at one of WWII's most aesthetically pleasing and innovative single-seat fighters! Illustrated with 225 photographs, color profiles, and detailed line drawings.  As New
Price: $28.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 009219  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Macci C.205 Veltro Walk Around
Di Terlizzi, Maurizio
ISBN: 9780897475723
Squadron/Signal Publications  2008 
 Soft Cover New book, 80 pages, SS5558. With Allied bombing raids increasing in 1942, Italy's High Command launched a competition for Serie 5 (5th series) fighters. Fitted with a German DB.605 engine, the sleek Macchi C.205s proved able to blast Spitfires out of the sky after they were introduced in November 1942. The addition of wing mounted 20mm in the spring of 1943 enabled the C.205 to take on American heavy bombers as well. Following the Italian Armistice some C.205s turned their guns on Axis aircraft with success as well, even as Mussolini's loyalists continued to fly the plane in the colors of the German-backed 'Social Republic' in the north. The Germans themselves took advantage of the fighter, temporarily equipping an entire Gruppe of JG77. After the war, modified C.205s went on to serve the Royal Egyptian Air Force during its 1948 war with Israel. Get a close-up look at one of WWII's most aesthetically pleasing and innovative single-seat fighters! Illustrated with 225 photographs, color profiles, and detailed line drawings.  As New
Price: $28.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 009220  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Martin Marauder Mk.I
Listemann, Phil H.
ISBN: 9782952638166
Philedition France 2008 
 Soft Cover New book, 58 pages, 43 photos, 6 color profiles. This book scrutinises the British and American employment of the initial version Martin B-26A medium bomber.The B-26A was operated by 14 Sqdn. RAF as the Marauder Mk 1 and by various Stateside based USAAF Bomber Groups and training-units. The first ten pages present the birth of the Martin 179 design with the usual development problems which had to be overcome, leading up to service trials & acceptance of the B-26, and B-26-A, perhaps the most advanced bomber of the USAAF’s arsenal at the time of introduction in 1941 ; along with basic technical specs for the B-26A / Marauder Mk. 1. Thereafter the booklet concentrates on the employment of the Marauder Mk 1 in the Middle East & later Italy by 14 Squadron RAF. Six subsequent pages detail 48 aircraft lost by the RAF during operations and due to flying accidents or whilst being ferried. A total register of all B-26A airframes follows, with details of individual a/c allocations and final fates. The list also includes those a/c which were flow by the various USA based bomber-groups and training units, and shows the high (non-operational) attrition rate suffered by the type in the USA, which earned it the title "Widow-Maker". A list presenting sortie totals per a/c flown by 14 Squadron and a Roll of Honour of the 164 RAF aircrew lost on Marauder Mk 1s round off the book’s content.  As New
Price: $32.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 002433  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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No.128 Squadron 1941-1945
Listermann, Phil H.
Philedition  2012 
 Soft Cover New book, 22 pages. 12 photos, 7 colour illustrations, Signed and numbered by author. The purpose of this series of books is to provide historians and enthusiasts with a range of information relative to each of the Commonwealth squadrons that saw combat during World War II. Each record will comprise a short history, complete with illustrations and artwork, and accompained by the following appendices: Squadron Commnaders and Flight Commanders. Major Awards. Operational diary (number of sorties per month). Victory list. Details of aicraft losses on operations. Details of aircraft losses in accidents. Aircraft Serial numbers matching with individual letters. Nominal roll. Roll of Honour.  As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005899  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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North Africa Campaign - 10th June 1940 to 13th May 1943
Branly, Patrick
ISBN: 9780995777323
Valiant Wings Publishing  2018 
 Soft Cover New book, 82 pages. Covers the historical aspects of the battles on the ground and in the air in North Africa from Italy's declaration of war on France and the United Kingdom on the 10th June 1940 through to the surrender of all Axis forces in Tunisia on the 13th May 1943. Contents:- Historical narrative by Patrick Branly; Numerous period images; Colour profiles by Richard J Caruana; 64-80 pages in full colour; Specially commissioned kit builds:- 1/72nd Heinkel He 111 (Hasegawa), 1/72nd Curtiss Kittyhawk Mk Ia (Special Hobby), 1/72nd Dewoitine D.520 (RS Models) by Libor Jekl, 1/144th Junkers Ju 52/3m (Eduard), 1/48th Bf 110C-2/Trop (Eduard), 1/32nd Hawker Hurricane Mk IId (Fly) by Steve Evans.  As New
Price: $29.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 009260  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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North American A-36A Apache
Skulski, Przemyslaw
ISBN: 9788361421450
Mushroom Model Publications  2012 
 Soft Cover New book, 128 pages. The initial version of the famous P-51 Mustang to go into USAAF service was the dedicated fighter-bomber variant, the A-36A Apache. This book describes and illustrates the design and development of this version of the most famous American WWII fighter. It contains: Scale plans, photos and drawings from Technical Manuals, superb colour illustrations of camouflage and markings, rare b+w archive photographs, colour photos of the preserved aircraft, plus a 1/48 and 1/32 scale plans inserts.   As New
Price: $29.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005986  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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North American A-36A Apache
Skulski, Przemyslaw
ISBN: 9788361421450
Mushroom Model Publications  2012 
 Soft Cover New book, 128 pages. The initial version of the famous P-51 Mustang to go into USAAF service was the dedicated fighter-bomber variant, the A-36A Apache. This book describes and illustrates the design and development of this version of the most famous American WWII fighter. It contains: Scale plans, photos and drawings from Technical Manuals, superb colour illustrations of camouflage and markings, rare b+w archive photographs, colour photos of the preserved aircraft, plus a 1/48 and 1/32 scale plans inserts.   As New
Price: $29.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005985  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Operation Torch: The Invasion of French North Africa - November to December 1942
Robinson, Neil
ISBN: 9780956980250
AIRfile Publications  2012 
 Soft Cover New book, 72 pages, 199 Colour aircraft profiles. This book features a wide and eclectic range of aircraft operated by all the combatants, with chapters for Armee de l'Air de Vichy an AeroNavale, Fleet Air Arm, US Navy, RAF Gibraltar, USAAF Twelfth Air Force, Luftwaffe and Regia Aeronautica. The well researched and detailed illustrations in the book provide fascinating coverage of this important first amphibious operation of World War Two.  As New
Price: $34.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 006399  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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P-38 Lightning Aces of the ETO/MTO
Stanaway, John
ISBN: 9781855326989
Osprey Pub Co  1998 
 Soft Cover New book, 95 pages, 94 photos, 80 color profiles, 6 color uniform illustrations, 9 1/72 scale drawings. ACE19. The P-38 made its combat debut in Europe in mid-1942, the first American fighters being flown to the UK before heading further east to Twelfth Air Force units in North Africa. Its service in this theatre, and later over the heartland of Germany itself, earned the P-38 the nickname 'der gabelschwanzer Teufel' (the 'fork-tailed' devil). This volume traces the careers of many previously unknown aces within the USAAF in Europe, and helps redress the balance which has in the past seen all the 'glory' for the fighter victories in this theatre shared between the pilots of the P-47 and P-51. Some 17 pilots scored 7 or more kills on the P-38 in the ETO/MTO. Contents: Introduction, Pioneer P-38 Aces, Desert War, Mediterranean War, Eighth and Ninth Air Force Aces, Ground Claims, Appendices.  As New
Price: $28.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 002551  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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P-40 Warhawk vs Bf 109: MTO 1942-44
Molesworth, Carl
ISBN: 9781849084697
Osprey Pub Co  2011 
 Soft Cover New book, 80 pages, DUE38. Although the P-40 and the Bf 109 both joined the air war over North Africa at nearly the same time in early 1941, the venerable German fighter was already fully sorted with a combat career dating back to 1937 in Spain, while the American fighter was making its combat debut in the hands of the RAF's Desert Air Force. Both aircraft were low-wing designs powered by a single liquid-cooled engine of roughly the same output, but there the similarities ended. The Bf 109 was small and agile, capable of operating at high altitudes. The P-40's weight and engine limited it to middle-altitude operations, but it was more manoeuvrable than the Bf 109 and extremely capable in the fighter-bomber role. In typical encounters, Bf 109 pilots would climb above a formation of P-40s and then dive into battle, seeking to maintain the initiative and a speed advantage. The P-40 pilots would respond by trying to turn into the attack. The tide turned in the autumn of 1942, by which time USAAF P-40 squadrons had joined the fight in time for the final Allied push from El Alamein and the Operation Torch landings in Morocco.  As New
Price: $24.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005567  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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P-40s of the Mediterranean
Szlagor, Tomasz
ISBN: 9788360445495
Kagero Lublin, Poland 2007 
 Soft Cover New book, 80 pages, 56 B&W photos, 38 1:72 scale drawings, 10 colour camoflage illustrations, masking foil. This book covers the actions of the Curtiss P-40 in the Mediterranean theatre of operations, Syria and the Western Desert, Tuisia, and Italy. The photos and illustrations detail service by the English, Australian, South African, American and Free French forces.  As New
Price: $42.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 004358  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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P-40s of the Mediterranean
Szlagor, Tomasz
ISBN: 9788360445495
Kagero Lublin, Poland 2007 
 Soft Cover New book, 80 pages, 56 B&W photos, 38 1:72 scale drawings, 10 colour camoflage illustrations, masking foil. This book covers the actions of the Curtiss P-40 in the Mediterranean theatre of operations, Syria and the Western Desert, Tuisia, and Italy. The photos and illustrations detail service by the English, Australian, South African, American and Free French forces.  As New
Price: $42.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 004357  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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P-47 Thunderbolt Units of the Twelfth Air Force
Bernstein, Jonathan
ISBN: 9781849086721
Osprey Pub Co  2012 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, COM92. The P-47 Thunderbolt, originally designed as a high-altitude interceptor, became the principle US fighter-bomber of World War 2. First adapted to the ground attack role by units of the Twelfth Air Force in early 1944, the strength and durability of the P-47 airframe, along with its massive size, earned it the nickname 'Juggernaut', which was quickly shortened to 'Jug' throughout the MTO and ETO. Twelfth Air Force fighter groups had done a superb job flying both tactical strike missions and bomber escort in the P-40F since late 1942. The sturdy and capable Curtiss fighter served well as a fighter-bomber, but still remained susceptible to ground fire due to its liquid-cooled inline engine. Alongside the Twelfth's P-40 units, an additional two fighter groups flew the A-36 dive-bomber version of the P-51 Mustang and several others employed the twin-engined P-38 and mid-engined P-39. By October 1943, with the creation of the Fifteenth Air Force, nearly half of the Twelfth's fighter groups would be re-tasked with strategic escort missions, leaving six groups to perform close air support and interdiction missions throughout the entire Mediterranean theatre. The remaining P-40 and A-36 groups began refitting with the P-47 in the early spring of 1944 and were the first to use the 'Jug' in the ground support role, creating many of the tactics, techniques and procedures that would become standardised throughout the USAAF's tactical air forces. The group's inflicted incredible damage on the enemy's transport routes in particular, using rockets, bombs, napalm and machine gun rounds to down bridges, blow up tunnels and strafe trains. Myriad firsthand accounts and period photography reveal the spectacular success enjoyed by the Thunderbolt in the MTO in the final year of the war.   As New
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Book Number: 005806  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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