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AAF The Official Guide To The Army Air Forces Paperback – January 1, 1944


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; First Edition edition (1944)
  • ASIN: B00168OXSA
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 2.5 x 1 inches
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #700,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of my favorites as a kid. The book arrived within two weeks of ordering, which is something like a miracle for the Military Postal System. The book was well preserved, considering its age (1944 printing), and arrived in good condition.
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This book was reprinted in hardback in 1988; that is the copy I own. Included are descriptions of the different missions and vocations, the aircraft and weapons, the pay scales at the different grades and some of the benefits that service people received, and many other aspects of the air war effort.

It's fascinating to see how much is in fact public, and by omission what was secret. The B-29 bomber was just being introduced into the Air Forces, but the home unit for the planes, the 20th Air Force, was still secret, as was its atomic bomb cargo. Smart bombs, cruise missiles and rocket weapons were also secret, even though they were beginning to be used in combat by this time.

A particular delight in this book is the lavish display of what we would consider "clip art", illustrations and cartoons on a great many pages. Almost all of it was created specifically for this book. In addition, there are a great number of included photographs--some of which have become historic icons of the War over the decades.

This is a great companion volume to the Official Pictorial History of the Army Air Forces, which was made by some of the same hands and has very complementary content.
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