Air Combat: Dogfights of World War II

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A new, glossy hard backed book has been released by Osprey that showcases the most iconic fighters of WWII.

A new, glossy hard backed book has been released by Osprey that showcases the most iconic fighters of WWII. Bringing together the best and most iconic fighters of World War II, the rival combat of the conflict, from battles over the channel to the skies of the Pacific.

The battle for the skies in World War II fuelled a race between rival air forces to develop ever faster and more capable fighter aircraft – and the struggle for air superiority was never over until the war itself ended.

This volume explores four clashes of some of the finest planes and pilots, in key theatres of the war: Spitfires duelling the formidable Bf 109 over the Channel, the Fw 190 battling the Soviet La 5 and 7 on the Eastern Front, the F4F Wildcat in a desperate clash with the legendary A6M Zero-sen, and the F4U Corsair in combat with the second-generation Japanese Ki-84 in the closing days of the war.

Exploring the machines themselves – including technical details of the various types – the men who flew them, and the strategic situation on both sides of the conflict, each chapter delves into the background behind each clash, before diving into a detailed analysis of the combat and aftermath. Pilot profiles and cockpit views offer extraordinary insight into the experiences of the men who flew these machines into battle.

Fully illustrated with contemporary photographs, maps and highly detailed colour artwork, Air Combat conveys the full story behind some of the most dramatic aviation duels of World War II.

  • On sale: 24th January 2019
  • ISBN: 978-1-4728-3676-2
  • Price: £25.00
  • Published by: Osprey Publishing

 

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