• History

Hidden Warbirds

The Epic Stories of Finding, Recovering, and Rebuilding WWII's Lost Aircraft
Author: Nicholas A. Veronico
Publisher: MBI Publishing Company LLC and Zenith Press
ISBN: 0760344094
Category: History
Page: 256
View: 3780
Veronico explores the romantic era of World War II warbirds and the stories of some of its most famous wrecks, including the "Swamp Ghost" (a B-17E which crashed in New Guinea in the early days of World War II and which was only recently recovered), and "Glacier Girl" (a P-38, part of "The Lost Squadron," which crashed in a large ice sheet in Greenland in 1942). Throughout, Veronico provides a history of the aircraft, as well as the unique story behind each discovery and recovery with ample illustrations.

    • History

Hidden Warbirds II

More Epic Stories of Finding, Recovering, and Rebuilding WWII's Lost Aircraft
Author: Nicholas A. Veronico
Publisher: Zenith Press
ISBN: 1627881972
Category: History
Page: 256
View: 1693
DIVThe continuation of World War II’s most intriguing new aviation series./divDIV /divDIVIn Hidden Warbirds II, the engaging follow-up to the critically acclaimed Hidden Warbirds, aviation historian Nicholas A. Veronico further explores the romantic era of World War II warbirds and the stories of some of its most famous wrecks and recoveries. The long-long aircraft featured in this much-anticipated sequel include the Dotty Mae, a P-47 rescued from a lake in Austria; a Hawker Tempest being restored in Texas; and a Junker 88 recovered from the icy waters of Norway. Throughout the book, Veronico provides a history of each aircraft, as well as the unique story behind each discovery and recovery, all accompanied by incredible documentary photographs. With over 150 of these photographs, depicting more than 20 warbird stories spanning the world, Hidden Warbirds II triumphantly continues a nonfiction series that renowned military author Alan Griffith calls “a fascinating joy to read.”/div

    • Biography & Autobiography

So I Bought an Air Force

The True Story of a Gritty Midwesterner in Somoza's Nicaragua
Author: W. W. Martin
Publisher: Hillcrest Publishing Group
ISBN: 1938690362
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 259
View: 1905
Six months after the Cuban Missile Crisis, Nicaraguan strongman General Anastasio Somoza is selling his P-51 Mustangs, P-47 Thunderbolts, and C-45 Expeditors. Civilian pilot Will Martin has just suffered the loss of his family business in Chicago and is looking to make a fresh start. Read the wild but true tale "So I Bought an Air Force" by W. W. Martin.

    • History

Flying Warbirds

An Illustrated Profile of the Flying Heritage Collection's Rare WWII-Era Aircraft
Author: Cory Graff
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 0760346496
Category: History
Page: 240
View: 3953
Get a comprehensive look at how World War II was fought from the air. Do you want to get an up-close look at some of the rarest airplanes in the world? Are you curious about combat aircraft from World War II? In deluxe hard-back volumes, Flying Warbirds brings U.S., British, German, Russian and Japanese fighting planes from the 1930s and 1940s together, complete with detailed photographs to delight every aeronautics connoisseur. The airplanes at the Flying Heritage Collection were created at a time when aeronautical discovery had evolved to aviation mastery. Finely crafted by distinguished design bureaus with the leading technologies of the 1930s and 1940s, the main emphasis of the collection includes combat aircraft from World War II. In 1998, Paul G. Allen began acquiring and preserving these iconic warriors and workhorses, many of which are the last of their kind. Allen's passion for aviation and history, and his awareness of the increasing rarity of original WWII aircraft, motivated him to restore these artifacts to the highest standard of authenticity. Periodically, one or more of the exhibits are temporarily absent to participate in an event, for maintenance, or for continuing restoration. Experience one of the world’s top airplane collections any time you like through Flying Warbirds. Photographs include cockpit shots, exterior museum shots, historic photographs, and breathtaking contemporary flying shots from photographers like award-winning John Dibbs. Flying Warbirds is the definitive guide to everything you want to know about this fascinating period in aeronautics and military history.

    • History

Hidden Warships

Finding World War II's Abandoned, Sunk, and Preserved Warships
Author: Nicholas A. Veronico
Publisher: Zenith Press
ISBN: 1627886648
Category: History
Page: 256
View: 4502
As close as you can get to the world's warship wrecks without getting your feet wet Sunk by enemy fire, scuttled, or run aground, the number of World War II-era battleships, cruisers, submarines, and other warships that ended their service on the bottom of the world's oceans and seas is enormous. In the decades since the conflict, wreck hunters have pored over historical records and combed the world's oceans to find their remains. In Hidden Warships, naval historian Nicholas A. Veronico details the history, recovery, and preservation of these sunken combat ships--including accounts from the divers and restorers who have worked with them. Beginning with the Japanese midget submarines that attacked Pearl Harbor and continuing through into the modern era, including the 2006 sinking of the postwar aircraft carrier USS Oriskany, Veronico provides rich detail on each noteworthy vessel, including over 150 photographs, ship specifications, geographic coordinates, and more. For the enthusiast who wants an even more complete experience, the book concludes with a list of preserved ships, an Internet resource guide, and a suggested reading list to continue the exploration. Whether you plan on visiting these historic sites yourself or simply enjoy their compelling stories, Hidden Warships will guide you, above the surface and underwater, through some of the most famous relics of World War II naval warfare.

    • Transportation

Warbird Factory

North American Aviation in World War II
Author: John M. Fredrickson
Publisher: Zenith Press
ISBN: 162788808X
Category: Transportation
Page: 224
View: 7237
Explore the WWII history of the company that later became a part of Boeing and made more aircraft from 1938 to 1944 than any other company in the United States. During World War II, Los Angeles was the ultimate boom town. By the end of the war, the L.A. area had produced 17 percent of all of America's war needs. North American Aviation, Inc. (NAA), operating out of their main Inglewood, California, plant, which is south of and adjacent to the city, was a key player in that work. From 1938 to 1944, NAA built over 40,000 aircraft, more than any other company in the United States. The bulk of them were of three iconic types designed by NAA: - The P-51 Mustang, arguably the best fighter of WWII. - B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, which saw worldwide combat. - Two-seat military pilot trainers, such as the AT-6 Texan. This is a fascinating story of a remarkable time in aviation history, when American businesses helped fund the arsenal of democracy that helped defeat the Axis powers. Warbird Factory tells this story with over 200 photographs, many of which come directly from the NAA/Boeing archives, where they have resided since WWII. This is an essential book for anyone interested in warbirds, aviation, Boeing/NAA, WWII, and/or the history of Southern California!

    • History

The Dakota Hunter

In Search of the Legendary DC-3 on the Last Frontiers
Author: Hans Wiesman
Publisher: Casemate
ISBN: 1612002595
Category: History
Page: 320
View: 6235
This book tells the story of a Dutch boy who grew up during the 1950s in post-war Borneo, where he had frequent encounters with an airplane, the Douglas DC-3, aka the C-47 Skytrain or Dakota of World War II fame. For a young boy living in a remote jungle community, the aircraft reached the proportions of a romantic icon, as the essential lifeline to a bigger world for him, the beginning of a special bond. In 1957 his family left the island, and all its residual wreckage of World War II, and he attended college in The Hague. After graduation he started a career as a corporate executive, and met the aircraft again during business trips to the Americas. His childhood passion for the Dakota flared up anew, and the fascination pulled like a magnet. As if predestined, or maybe just looking for an alibi to come closer, he began a business to salvage and convert Dakota parts, which meant first of all finding them. As the demand for these war relic parts and cockpits soared, he began to travel the world to track down surplus, crashed or derelict Dakotas. He ventured deeper and deeper into remote mountains, jungles, savannas and the seas where the planes are found, usually as ghostly wrecks but sometimes still in full commercial operation. In hunting the mythical Dakota he often encountered intimidating or dicey situations in countries plagued by wars or revolts, others by arms and narcotics trafficking, warlords and con men. This book describes his multiple expeditions in search of the remains of the Dakota legend. It takes the reader to some of the remotest spots in the world, but once there one is often greeted by the comfort of what was once the WestÍs apex in transportation„however now haunted by the courageous airmen of the past.

    • History

Historic Aircraft Wrecks of San Bernardino County


Author: G. Pat Macha
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 162584090X
Category: History
Page: 128
View: 4851
Weather, darkness and twists of fate have contributed to more than three hundred airplane crashes in San Bernardino County, California. Many of these accidents occurred in the vast Mojave Desert, others on the cloud-shrouded, snow-capped mountains of the largest county in the lower forty-eight states. Searches often were labored yet fruitless, even for the privileged: Frank Sinatra's mother perished here in a downed plane. The quest for an aircraft containing $5,000 in cash has become the stuff of legend. Tales of survival in uninhabited, rugged landscapes have been especially harrowing. Join renowned aircraft-crash search specialist G. Pat Macha for dozens of sorrowful, triumphant, touching and surprising true stories of those who lived through the ordeals of plane crashes--and others who didn't.

    • History

The lost squadron

a true story
Author: David Hayes
Publisher: Hyperion Books
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 223
View: 8326
A lavishly illustrated work records the amazing reclamation of a fleet of American World War II warplanes buried in ice in Greenland since the war and recovered by two amateur aviation enthusiasts. 35,000 first printing.

    • History

Swashbucklers and Black Sheep

A Pictorial History of Marine Fighting Squadron 214 in World War II
Author: Bruce Gamble
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 0760342504
Category: History
Page: 216
View: 1166
“A stunning portrait of incredibly courageous men and their awesome flying machines.”—Alex Kershaw, author of The Few Marine Fighting Squadron (VMF) 214 is the world's most famous fighter squadron. Its second wartime squadron commander was the legendary Greg “Pappy” Boyington. Boyington and the squadron were the loose inspiration for the late-seventies NBC television series Baa Baa Black Sheep, which was later syndicated under the name Black Sheep Squadron. Swashbucklers and Black Sheep is a comprehensive illustrated history of the squadron from its formation and first two combat tours on Guadalcanal as the Swashbucklers, which included their transition to the iconic gull-winged Corsair, to the arrival of their second commander, Pappy Boyington, after which they became the Black Sheep. The squadron's combat over Bougainville and Rabaul and the story of Boyington being shot down are covered, as are the squadron's exploits in the latter part of the war (while Boyington was a POW), which culminated in the heavy losses suffered aboard the carrier USS Franklin. The squadron's service in Korea, Vietnam, and the Global War on Terror complete the storied history of VMF 214. In addition to a rich collection of historical photography, Swashbucklers and Black Sheep features combat aviation artwork from four of America's top aviation artists: John Shaw, Jim Laurier, Craig Kodera, and Bob Rasmussen.

    • History

The German Aces Speak

World War II Through the Eyes of Four of the Luftwaffe's Most Important Commanders
Author: Colin D. Heaton,Anne-Marie Lewis,Brig. Gen. Robin Olds, USAF (Ret.),Oberleutnant Kurt Schulze
Publisher: Zenith Press
ISBN: 1610597486
Category: History
Page: 368
View: 7233
DIVDIVFor the first time, four German WWII pilots share their side of the story./divDIV /divDIVFew perspectives epitomize the sheer drama and sacrifice of combat more perfectly than those of the fighter pilots of World War II. As romanticized as any soldier in history, the WWII fighter pilot was viewed as larger than life: a dashing soul waging war amongst the clouds. In the sixty-five-plus years since the Allied victory, stories of these pilots’ heroics have never been in short supply. But what about their adversaries—the highly skilled German aviators who pushed the Allies to the very brink of defeat?/divDIV /divDIVOf all of the Luftwaffe’s fighter aces, the stories of Walter Krupinski, Adolf Galland, Eduard Neumann, and Wolfgang Falck shine particularly bright. In The German Aces Speak, for the first time in any book, these four prominent and influential Luftwaffe fighter pilots reminisce candidly about their service in World War II. Personally interviewed by author and military historian Colin Heaton, they bring the past to life as they tell their stories about the war, their battles, their lives, and, perhaps most importantly, how they felt about serving under the Nazi leadership of Hermann Göring and Adolf Hitler. From thrilling air battles to conflicts on the ground with their own commanders, the aces’ memories disclose a side of World War II that has gone largely unseen by the American public: the experience of the German pilot./div/div

    • History

Great British Shipwrecks

A Personal Adventure
Author: Rod Macdonald
Publisher: Whittles Pub
ISBN: 9781849950770
Category: History
Page: 150
View: 7074
37 classic shipwrecks around the UK - with full history, photos and illustration of each by renowned marine artist

    • History

Beneath Haunted Waters

The Tragic Tale of Two B-24s Lost in the Sierra Nevada Mountains during World War II
Author: Peter Stekel
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1493025325
Category: History
Page: 328
View: 9315
Beneath Haunted Waters is a story of the crews from two B-24 Liberator bombers that disappeared in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains in early December, 1943. One plane wasn't found until 1955, at the bottom of a reservoir. The other plane was discovered in 1960 at the bottom of a lake, high in the mountains. Concerning this second B-24, the co-pilot's father had died the previous year after dedicating his life to searching for his son. He missed the crash site by only ten miles. This isn't the story of movers and shakers and grand designs. It's the story of regular boys - they called young men "boys" in the 1930s and '40s - going off to war because it was adventurous and because that was what boys did. And it’s the story of how they died at very young ages. Our country lost more airplanes and crews to training accidents than in combat against the Japanese, and these deaths from accidents continued when the boys got to the Pacific and Europe. Beneath Haunted Waters is the story of these two planes and their crews and of how they trained and why they died.

    • History

Beyond the Call of Duty

Army Flight Nursing in World War II
Author: Judith Barger
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781606351543
Category: History
Page: 285
View: 2952
"[This book offers an] in-depth account of the events leading up to the formation of the military flight nurse program, their training for duty, and the air evacuation missions in which they participated"--Dust jacket.

    • History

Night Cats and Corsairs

The Operational History of Grumman and Vought Night Fighter Aircraft 1942-1953
Author: Alan C. Carey
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing
ISBN: 9780764343735
Category: History
Page: 216
View: 8270
The threat of enemy aircraft striking American naval forces at night with impunity during World War II led the Navy to seek fighter aircraft capable of stopping this threat. Trace the history of radar-equipped night fighter aircraft produced for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps by the American aircraft companies Grumman and Vought before the arrival of jets with nocturnal capabilities. World War II squadrons operated night variants of the Vought F4U-2 Corsair and Grumman F6F-3/5N Hellcat while post-war night fighter units were equipped with the Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat and/or Vought F4U-5N/NL. Night Cats and Corsairs contains never before published color and black and white photographs covering the night variants of the F6F Hellcat, F7F Tigercat, F4U-2 and F4U-5N/NL Corsairs.

    • Biography & Autobiography

Postcards from the Sky

Adventures of an Aviatrix
Author: Erin Seidemann
Publisher: She Writes Press
ISBN: 1631528270
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 350
View: 3122
The aviation world is a man’s world—it always has been, and it continues to be so today. In fact, women make up a mere 5 to 6 percent of the total pilot population worldwide. But from the first time Erin Seidemann experienced what it was like to see the world from a small plane’s perspective, she was hooked—and she’s spent much of her time since then fighting her way into becoming one of that 5 to 6 percent. Postcards from the Sky: Adventures of an Aviatrix tells of the struggles and adventures one encounters as a woman in the male-dominated space of aviation. With humor and equanimity, Seidemann recounts her varied experiences as a female pilot—from the chauvinistic flight instructor she makes the mistake of falling in love with to the many, many customs agents who insist she can’t possibly be her plane’s owner (“Where’s your boyfriend?”)—while at the same time giving insight about just what makes flying so incredible . . . and so very addictive. Frank, funny, and full of adventure, Postcards from the Sky is an entertaining foray into a world few women have dared enter.

    • History

The Fight in the Clouds

The Extraordinary Combat Experience of P-51 Mustang Pilots During World War II
Author: James P. Busha
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 076034518X
Category: History
Page: 256
View: 6921
DIVIn The Fight in the Clouds, aviation writer James P. Busha narrates a spellbinding collection of tales of P-51 Mustang combat throughout World War II. /div

    • History

Aircraft Wrecks of the Pacific Northwest


Author: David L. McCurry,Cye Laramie
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781576386217
Category: History
Page: 212
View: 2703
Merriam Press Aviation History Series First Edition 2017 In the past decade, the role of aircraft wreck hunting as a hobby has changed more toward protecting crash sites as memorials, honoring those whom were lost, bringing closure to families, and placing memorial plaques in honor of those who were lost in these tragic accidents. For those of us who are offspring from the World War II generation, we feel an ever stronger sense of respect in honoring those that gave their lives for such a great cause. There is a strong sense of responsibility for us in keeping their names alive, and maybe it might be that we are the last real link to them. As youngsters we witnessed the war heroes that received a lot of attention especially those involved in the flying world, but it was sad to think of the aircrews that were lost states-wide whose names were never known. They never had a chance to fight a war, but they were just as much a hero as anyone else. Just think of where they might have gone in life. Contents: Chapter 1: Grand Coulee P-63A Kingcobra Chapter 2: Feathered Engine: A B-24's Failed Go Around Chapter 3: "Tommy's Tigator" Chapter 4: United Flight 173: Portland Oregon Chapter 5: Missing F4F Wildcats Found Chapter 6: Mid-Air Over The Olympics Chapter 7: General Aviation and Unidentified Sites Chapter 8: "Dutch Roll" Sheds Engines From Boeing 707 Jetliner Chapter 9: "Firewood One" Chapter 10: B-47E Refueling Technique Turns Night Mission Into Disaster Chapter 11: "Article 123" The Cover Up Chapter 12: Speed Brakes: A Fatal Consequence to a Sabre Jet Forced Landing Chapter 13: High Altitude Stall Downs P-47D Thunderbolt Chapter 14: Controlled Flight Into Terrain Chapter 15: Failure of Engine Turbine Wheel Severs Aft Fuselage from F-86D Sabre Chapter 16: Mid-Air Break-Up: The Touchet B-24 Tragedy Chapter 17: Broken Connecting Rod Ends Airacobra Night Flight Chapter 18: The Salish Peak F-89s Chapter 19: Ejection From F-86 Sabre Jet Conforms With Fire Warning Light Chapter 20: Echelon Formation Creates Airacobra Collision Chapter 21: Blackbird's Night Training Mission Goes Awry Chapter 22: Mystery Solved: Super Sabre Found Hundreds Of Miles Off Course Chapter 23: Inclement Weather: A Trap for a Vultee BT-13 Chapter 24: Snow Storm Dooms B-25 On Mt. Timpanogos Chapter 25: Phantom Jet Disappears On Routine Training Mission Chapter 26: Regina Airlines DC-3: Attempt at VFR Flight Proves Fatal Chapter 27: The Dakota Crewmen of Sulphur Mountain Chapter 28: In Weather Over Mountains And Out Of Gas Appendix I: Washington State Crash Locator List Appendix II: Oregon Crash Locator List Appendix III: Idaho Crash Locator List Bibliography and Suggested Reading 36 B&W and 313 color photos

    • War crimes

Slaughter at Sea

The Story of Japan's Naval War Crimes
Author: Mark Felton
Publisher: Pen & Sword Military
ISBN: N.A
Category: War crimes
Page: 213
View: 7155
Simultaneously published: Barnsley, South Yorkshire: Pen & Sword Military, 2007.

    • History

Fighting Colors

The Creation of Military Aircraft Nose Art
Author: Gary Velasco
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
ISBN: 1563119870
Category: History
Page: 296
View: 2765
This new book by Artist/author Gary Velasco is an illustrated history on the creation of military aircraft nose art. This comprehensive volume covers the technical aspects of how nose art was applied to vintage military aircraft and the uses of materials, supplies and development of nose art designs as researched through discussions with surviving nose artists. The author examines and analyzes the WW II era b/w photographs and reveals their color content along with many never-before-published photos, thereby recreating step-by-step actual flying warbird nose art restorations for the first time. Fighting Colors is a graphic tool for all enthusiasts of pinup and vintage aircraft nose art. For artists, this book will outline what the masters knew when the age of sign painting, along with a little bit of imagination and brushes, was a common trade. For veterans and their families, Fighting Colors will serve as a source of reflection and inspiration for years to come.