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Product Details

  • Series: Combat Aircraft (Book 11)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (March 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855327813
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855327818
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 7.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #941,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Osprey's Combat series combines the best archival photography available with specially commissioned artworks and first hand accounts, making these books favourites amongst historians, modellers and aviation enthusiasts everywhere.

About the Author

Robert F Dorr is a well respected author of long-standing reputation - he has written over a dozen books for Osprey over the years. His histories on modern American combat aircraft like the F-101 Voodoo and A-6 Intruder have set the standard for works of this type. His ability to combine 'crew speak' with concise editorial comment gives his books a unique and revealing style of their own.

More About the Author

Robert F. Dorr, 71, is an author (1955- ); an Air Force veteran (1957-60); and a retired senior Foreign Service officer (a diplomat; 1964-89). He has three books currently in print. The newest is "MISSION TO BERLIN,":about the Americans who fought in one of the largest aerial battles of World War II.

He is the author of 70 books and thousands of magazine articles about the Air Force, aviation and military affairs. He writes a weekly opinion column for Air Force Times, monthly columns for Combat Aircraft, Air International and Aerospace America magazines, and a quarterly column for Air Power History, which he helped create. His first paid magazine article was in the November 1955 Air Force magazine when he was fifteen. He wrote 1,700 history columns for all four Military Times newspapers from 2000 to 2009.

Bob Dorr's other books in print are "HELL HAWKS,"" co-authored with Thomas D. Jones, a history of a P-47 Thunderbolt fighter group in World War II and "AIR FORCE ONE," a history of presidential aircraft.

He is a private pilot and parachutist and has flown aboard most current Air Force aircraft. Bob Dorr lives in Oakton, Virginia with his wife Young Soon, a career government worker, and their Labrador retriever, Autumn. They have two grown sons with families.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. La Vean on November 26, 2013
Format: Paperback
It is a rather superficial account.

For example in the 5th Air Force section the 43rd Bomb Group is mentioned as having joined "joined in September of 1943".

The 43rd Bomb Group was in actuality the 1st Heavy Bomb Group to arrive in Australia as reinforcement from the US in 1942. It got the old equipment of the disbanded 22nd BG and for the better part of the year were Kenny's only heavy bomb group. While flying B-17s the 43rd Bomb Group had 3 Medals of Honor awarded for missions. BG Ken Walker (flying with the 43rd over Rabaul) and the only double Medal of Honor mission in the history of the US Air Force Captain Zeamer and Lieutenant Sarnoski The 43rd developed "skip bombing" and had the only Squadron of specially equipped B-24s designed to attack shipping at night.

The 43rd Bomb Group had its B-17s gradually replaced by B-24s. To characterize a BG who already had more than 10% of the Medals of Honor awarded in the Army Air Corps as "joined in September of 1943" and barely mentioning anything of them and their history is certainly unfair to the men who served.

Even his comment about most of the 43rd planes being in natural finish is not accurate. Certainly not for the night fighters of the 63rd or the 403rd which had been a recon unit and still flew a lot of solo missions.

Such cursory treatment of this unit (BTW did anyone mention that Lindburgh was credited with shooting down a zero while flying escort for the 43rd over Balikpapen?) is indicative of the way in which this important subject is treated.

This is at best an introduction for people new to the topic and may inspire them to read more but the it is hardly exhaustive on the subject.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alan C. Carey on June 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
Mr. Dorr has done a nice job of writing about the B-24 Liberator in the Pacific. It contains a wealth of information on AAF operations with some information on Navy B-24 operations. I also think it would be a great guide for scale modeling.
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By Chuck F on December 16, 2013
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Excellent as almost all Osprey books are.
Great condition for a good price. This is a plus for any library.
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There's a lot of very useful information and great photos packed into this book. Just the facts, but a lot of them. It's a good read, but also an excellent reference source for B-24 missions in the Pacific.
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