Air War Archive, Combat Over The Mediterranean, The RAD in Action Against the Germans and the Italians Through Rare Archive Photographs

The publisher has been producing a number of aviation history series that feature rare archive images. This book is one of those books and has a fine photo content. The photographs in this case mostly show the image from the gunsight, or more accurately gun camera – Highly Recommended.


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NAME: Air War Archive, Combat Over The Mediterranean, The RAD in 
Action Against the Germans and the Italians Through Rare Archive 
Photographs
FILE: R2589
AUTHOR: Chris Goss
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING:soft back
PAGES:  151
PRICE: £14.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, World War Two, World War 2, Second World War, 
aviation, war in the air, ground attack, anti-tank, anti-ship, 
Mediterranean, North Africa, Malta

ISBN: 978-1-47388-943-X

IMAGE: B2589.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: The publisher has been producing a number of aviation 
history series that feature rare archive images. This book is one of 
those books and has a fine photo content.  The photographs in this 
case mostly show the image from the gunsight, or more accurately gun 
camera – Highly Recommended.

The hero responsible for the destruction shown in these rare 
photographs is the Bristol Beaufighter which is one of the most 
under-rated warplanes of WWII. It was powered by two rugged radial 
engines (although some were built with V engines), had very good 
performance, a wide range of roles, a heavy and flexible armament, 
all delivered quietly and for that reason, known by the Japanese as 
the “Whispering Death”. Even avid fans cannot describe it as a 
beautiful aircraft. It was thick set, pugnacious and determined in 
all of the roles assigned to it.

The Beaufighter was flown in a similar manner to the WWI 'Frisbit' 
Fe2. In this, it was flown as a single seat fighter with the 
air-gunner/radio operator watching astern and advising the pilot of 
incoming trouble. The pilot fired four 20 mm cannon mounted in the 
forward fuselage and six wing-mounted machine guns, all firing 
outside the propeller arcs at full rate of fire. A flexible mount 
Vickers K machine gun was usually mounted in the rear blister canopy 
to give some rear protection. This standard gun armament made it an 
effective night fighter that was also able to hold its own in day 
combat, but the Beaufighter could also carry a heavy external weapons 
load in the form of rockets, bombs and torpedo.

The result of this rugged well-armed design was to make the 
Beaufighter very effective in the Mediterranean, North Africa and the 
Far East. The photographs in this books show just how effective it 
could be.