- Paperback: 127 pages
- Publisher: MBI Publishing; First American Edition edition (November 27, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0760316090
- ISBN-13: 978-0760316092
- Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,954,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I sat mesmerized by the graphic black-and-white images... a must-have addition to the library of any serious aviation historian. -- Mike Machat, Editor, Wings, February 2004
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First, if crashed during peace-time training, the pilot knows there will be an investigation. But especially during wartime, it might not mean the end of his hopes for learning to fly. And combat missions all carry risk of crashes. During war, wastage is a given, even to the extent of keeping stats on the numbers lost-vs-dispatched.
Why aren't there more such pictures? During combat operations, the goal is to rescue crew from the burning munitions and gasoline, then render first aid. So, pictures are an afterthought- unless a combat photographer is nearby.
These are the most dramatic wrecks, with notes regarding the injuries of the crew and passengers. For such light-weight construction, the fact that anyone survived is surprising.
For extreme examples, see the C-47 on frontispiece and p. 93- after a Zero shot it up and sheared off the top- it still made a safe landing at base. In other collisions, there are the B-17 bombers on pp 24 & 25 after combat collisions... oh, and the B-24s on pp 32-35, the B-29s on 36 & 39.... There are some previously seen bombers after flak hits, but they go down.
Buy the book, if only for the proof of determination of crews to nurse their ailing planes back home.
I am pleased to add this book to my library and look forward to other titles by Cory
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