Book review: Air Combat

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15 March 2019
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This is a book in four parts, with Tony Holmes tackling clashes over the Channel between Spitfires and Bf 109Fs, etc.

Author: TONY HOLMES

Reviewed by: Duncan Evans

 

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This is a book in four parts, with Tony Holmes tackling clashes over the Channel between Spitfires and Bf 109Fs, Edward M Young describing the P4F Wildcat against the A6M Zero-sen, Dmitriy Khazanov and Aleksander Medved look at the war in the east with the La-5/7 against the Fw 190 while Edward M Young looks at the F4U Corsair fighting against the Ki-84 ‘Frank’. There’s the history of the development of each plane, complete with historical photos and an annotated cockpit illustrations. There’s also some nice artwork of each specified battle, especially commissioned for the book. Notable pilots of each plane get a write up, tactics are explored then finally, there’s plentiful history of the where the planes were deployed and the action they saw. Although the title of the book is Air Combat, that’s really only part of the story.

 

With glossy colour pages throughout, this is a very fine and collectable book about air combat in WWII.

 

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• Osprey Publishing

• 340 pages • Hardback • £25

 

As reviewed in The Armourer March 2019.

 

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