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Wings of war : fighting WWII in the air

Author: Jeffrey L Ethell
Publisher: Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Wings of War is the first book ever to present the complete story of World War II U.S. aviation in full color. Author Jeffrey Ethell has gathered a unique collection of 181 rare color photographs from former U.S. pilots and ground crews in Europe, North Africa, Italy, New Guinea, and the Pacific. Their experiences, captured on vintage Kodachrome, counterbalance the newsreel footage, photojournalism, and photographic
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Genre/Form: Pictorial works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey L Ethell
ISBN: 1557502498 9781557502490
OCLC Number: 28721337
Description: xix 136 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Responsibility: Jeffrey L. Ethell.

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Wings of War is the first book ever to present the complete story of World War II U.S. aviation in full color. Author Jeffrey Ethell has gathered a unique collection of 181 rare color photographs from former U.S. pilots and ground crews in Europe, North Africa, Italy, New Guinea, and the Pacific. Their experiences, captured on vintage Kodachrome, counterbalance the newsreel footage, photojournalism, and photographic archives that have contributed to World War II being pictured in black and white.

Presented here in full color are open-cockpit biplanes used in training, Catalinas, B-17 Flying Fortresses and B-29 Superfortresses (including the Enola Gay, which dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima), C-47 Skytrains ("Dakotas"), A-36 Invaders, B-24s, B-26 Marauders, P-38 Lightnings, P-40s, P-47 Thunderbolts, P-51 Mustangs, F4U Corsairs, F6F Hellcats (the first U.S. planes to beat the Japanese Zeros), British Spitfires with American insignia, and many of the other planes that saw action.

These exceptional images are accompanied by first-person narratives involving the men and machines during the war. Each photograph has a personal story behind it, with anecdotes from the veterans. With such vivid color and lively recollection, Wings of War will bring readers as close to the 1939-45 air war as they will ever get - unless they were there.

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