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Illustrated Directory of Fighting Aircraft of World War II Paperback – March 1, 1999


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Bill Gunston OBE is a former RAF pilot and the prolific author of more than 350 published books on aspects of aviation. He is among the top ten non-fiction writers in the UK today. He lives in Surrey, England.
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Product Details

  • Series: Illustrated Directory
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: MBI Publication (March 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760307229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760307229
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,285,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am holding this book in my hands right now.
C. Jeff Dyrek
Recommended for anyone looking for a good refference on WW2 warplanes.
Alex Salazar
The Brewster Buffalo is included (but listed as F2S, not F2A).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Botnik Roller on November 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a good book for brief reference about WW II aircraft, including numbers produced, fronts in which the aircraft flew, nations that utilized the plane. About pilots, nothing. It's an extremely technical book.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By ViktorViktor on October 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a book with an appealing cover and is of the 'pocket' book variety. However, I find 3 serious flaws with it: 1) This book is divided into sections by aircraft type and nationality. There is, for instance, a section on British fighters. But there is no section on single engine bombers/attack aircraft for allied nations. This means you won't find the Fairey Swordfish, Ilyushin IL-2 Sturmovik, Douglas Dauntless, Curtiss Helldiver, or Grumman Avenger mentioned in the book !! (There is a picture of an Avenger on the back cover, though !!) On the other hand, there is a section on Axis light attack aircraft, so planes like the Stuka and the Judy are covered. 2) The shape of the book is rather vertical in nature, and since this is a small book, the majority of the pictures are cut in half by the bookbinding! I find this ruins the esthetic lines of the plane which is pictured. It just doesn't make sense to make a vertical book about a subject (airplanes) which lies horizontally when photographed. Nice pictures but bad format, say I. 3) Finally, the book has no index or overall table of contents. Instead, each section (about 10) has its own mini- table of contents. This means that you end up spending time thumbing through the book to find the right section and then the right plane you're looking for. (Unprofessional, but it helps hide the fact that some planes are missing.)
The author does a fine job, however, covering obscure British and German warplanes. Here are some of these planes: Westland Whirlwind, Blackburn Skua, Bachem Ba-349,Blohm und voss BV40, BV155, FW-187, HE-100, HE-112,HE-280, HS-123, HS-129, HS-132, JU-388, ME-263, ME-328.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
As a student of WWII aircraft, I found the information in the book to be very interesting. The format, alphabetical by manufacturer and country, makes it easy to look up a particular aircraft, with the caveat that not all aircraft are included. It is disappointing that no US dive bombers or torpedo bombers are in the book, even though there is a picture of a Grumman Avenger (in British insignia!)on the back cover.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Jeff Dyrek on February 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
I am holding this book in my hands right now. It's a great reference book with more aircraft than I ever thought existed. It covers aircraft from all countries with a bomber section in addition to its fighter section.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is an excelent book for everyone interested in the aircraft of World War II. Though it doesn't have every plane, it has a vast amount of detail on all the common ones that flew into combat, and even some that didn't. Great drawings, photos, and an incredible amount of info are the main highlights of this book.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jean-Pierre Valenzuela on July 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this book, "The Illustrated Directory of Fighting Aircraft of World War II" by Bill Gunston, had actually 479 pages and not just the mere 96 that is erroneously described here! The first two sections(Allied and Axis respectively)focuses on fighters and are categorized by nation and each includes an introduction. Each aircaft includes specs and narration of its development and service history. The third section covers, alphabetically by manufacturer, bombers of all nations . Unfortunately not every aircraft of the war is found in this book including the Russian IL-2 Shturmovik and U.S. made torpedo bombers of which one is curiously shown on the back cover. Nontheless almost every one of the aircraft the book does portray includes black/white and/or color photographs , planview line drawings/silhouettes, and (thankfully) color illustrations to show off unique aircraft camouflage (esp. colorful paint jobs of the Japanese variety). This handbook provides a very good balance between technical and casual reading on the more popular(and some not so popular such as the British Whirlwind, the German He-177 Greif, and various Japanese twin-engined fighters)aircraft of World War 2. Overall a very pleasant and informative read on a good collection of fighters and bombers of the second world war.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The book being reviewed is "Aircraft of World War II by Bill Gunston" and has ISBN 0-517-31680-3 (c) 1980. It is of 208 pages.
This book covers 20 types (total) of various Axis & Allied aircraft. All illustrations are nicely rendered (the book contains no photos).
Each type is rendered ~ 11 times through a side view that shows a different Mark, or paint scheme. Each type also is show in 3-view.
Graphically, this is the best Bill Gunston book. The data and commentary is also intersting without being long-winded.
No other book in my collection receives the attention this book has received.
My only wish is that Bill Gunston would create another book of this quality, with aircraft that this title hasn't covered.
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