A well-illustrated study of the air war over Europe, many images being in full colour. The author has provided a very readable study, with images of the aircraft that took part in the greatest air battle in history. – Very Highly Recommended.
NAME: Storm Over Europe, Allied Bombing Missions in The Second World War FILE: R3147 AUTHOR: Juan Vazquez Garcia PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: hard back PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: World War 2, World War Two, World War II, WWII, Second World War, air war, bombing missions, light bombers, medium bombers, heavy bombers, night bombing, day bombing, fighter escorts, night fighters, rocket fighters, jet fighters, anti aircraft artillery, rockets, bombs, defensive armament ISBN: 1-52674-098-2 PAGES: 154 IMAGE: B3147.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/wzxpoqh DESCRIPTION: A well-illustrated study of the air war over Europe, many images being in full colour. The author has provided a very readable study, with images of the aircraft that took part in the greatest air battle in history. – Very Highly Recommended. When war was declared in 1939, the RAF was in the process of re-equipping, with Fighter Command receiving the priority for manufacture and delivery. The US was not expected to enter the war anytime soon, the Germans were equipped with aircraft and tactics proven in the Spanish Civil War, and the rest of Europe had been equipped with obsolescent and obsolete war planes. The author has nicely captured the unfolding developments in bomber aircraft and night fighters, with the introduction of jet and rocket power and missiles. At the start of war, the RAF was surprisingly ill-equipped with bomber aircraft in view of strategic bombing being one of the original justifications for establishing a air force independent from the Army and the Royal Navy. The Whitley was an attempt at introducing a monoplane twin engine bomber with heavy defensive armament, a good bomb load capacity and range to target, capable of deployment in the strategic bombing role. It was never the less an interim machine that was soon relegated to secondary duties of maritime patrol and glider towing. The Wellington was a much more serious design that was the backbone of strategic bombing until the four engine heavy bomber arrived with squadrons, continuing then as a medium bomber and in deployments to maritime strike and patrol. The other bombers in the RAF inventory were similar in many ways to the German bombers. The crew were seated close together with light defensive armament, modest bomb load, disappointing performance and inadequate range for the strategic role. They were essentially close support machines to cooperate with the army but with added capacity that made them suitable as light or medium bombers in a wider role, including leaflet dropping. By the end of WWII, Allied bombing fleets were able to pound targets anywhere in Germany and Occupied Europe around the clock and with increasingly powerful bombs, the RAF having 5 and 10 ton 'earthquake' bombs in their selection of bomb loads, the superlative Lancaster being able to carry the 10 ton earthquake bomb, or a similar weight in mixed weight and purpose bombs. The German fighter defence had developed in an attempt to stop the Allied bomber fleets and Allied bombers were accompanied all the way to and from most targets by effective escort fighters, including radar equipped Mosquitoes that accompanied the RAF night raids into Germany, took out German night fighters, and attacked their airfields and radar systems. This amazing chain of development is neatly illustrated by the author.