The “Polish Wings” series is building into a comprehensive and unique history of Polish military aviation since independence in 1918. This is an A4 book format with photographs and full colour art work to a very high standard – Very Highly Recommended.
NAME: Polish Wings No.27, French Flying Boats, 1918-1939 FILE: R3193 AUTHOR: Marcin Wawrzynkowski, illustrated by Janusz Swiation PUBLISHER: Mushroom Model Publications, MMP BINDING: soft back PRICE: £18.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: 1918-1939, Polish Aviation, Flying Boats, French aviation manufacturers, Baltic reconnaissance, reconnaissance bombers, training flying boats ISBN: 978-8365958-50-1 PAGES: 96 IMAGE: B3193.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/y8633gm6 LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The “Polish Wings” series is building into a comprehensive and unique history of Polish military aviation since independence in 1918. This is an A4 book format with photographs and full colour art work to a very high standard – Very Highly Recommended.
There are 120 b&w photographs together with specially commissioned full colour images. As always with this series, the author has provided a quite unique view of a part of Polish aviation history that has previously been unknown beyond Poland, but this is also a very rare view of French flying boats that were important in their day, being largely unknown because they were almost entirely deployed during the period between two World Wars when attention in aviation focussed mostly on civilian and military record breaking.
When Poland emerged from the wreckage of WWI, it was not to peace. Just as in 1945, the Soviets wanted to absorb Poland into the Soviet Union. The newly independent Poland was immediately thrust into a hard fought war. Its aviation forces were as new as the country and mounted on a mixture of captured German aircraft and aircraft received from France. In 1918, flying boats were not just part of naval aviation. Poland needed reconnaissance-bombers to patrol the Baltic and attack any Soviet attempt to land troops on the Baltic coast of Poland, but flying boats had wider duties because it was often much easier and more successful to launch long range aircraft from water until larger paved aerodromes became common.
The Shreck FBA 17, Liore et Oliver LeO H-13 and H135 served Poland well, alongside the Latham 43, a biplane force that was withdrawn from combat units by 1939.
This new book is perfect for aeromodellers, providing rare images to inspire rare models, but as with many MMP books, it is also a serious history of the aircraft in Polish service and worthy of inclusion in the libraries of professionals and military aviation enthusiasts. It remains to be seen if Poland will again seize its independence, having been absorbed by the Nazis and Soviets, then by the Soviets, and more recently by the European Union, but it is a country with a proud history and deserves to be better understood.