The Second World War saw the apex of piston-engine aircraft design and ushered the world into the jet age. Classic names such as the Supermarine Spitfire, North American P-51 Mustang, Mitsubishi A6M Zero, Messerschmitt Bf 109 and Il-2 Shturmovik have become the stuff of legend. There were, however, many more aircraft to take to the skies during the war. Rare Birds: Forgotten Aircraft of the Second World War seeks to tell those stories: from the valiant Poles fighting the might of the Luftwaffe to the varied and excellent fighters of the French Armée De l’Air, to the graceful craft of Italy’s Regia Aeronautica. This book seeks to tell the tales of the forgotten, doomed or those who failed to succeed during war. The stories of these aircraft, drawn from Allies and Axis nations alike, bring forth a fuller picture of aviation during the greatest airborne conflict in world history. Telling these stories will give readers an interesting and informative look into the past with personal reflections and a call to arms for the study of history.
RARE BIRDS Forgotten Aircraft of the Second World War
A unique and unusually fascinating view of Second World War aviation through the lens of virtually unknown and forgotten aircraft used in the conflict. Illustrated with many previously unpublished black and white and colour photographs, and enlivened by the stories of the men who fought and flew.