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Meteor I vs V1 Flying Bomb: 1944
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Meteor I vs V1 Flying Bomb: 1944

by Donald Nijboer
 

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A total of 10,500 missiles were launched as part of the V1 attack, of which 3,957 were destroyed by the defences. Indeed, it could have been much worse, for by the end of the war the Germans had manufactured close to 32,000 flying bombs. The defences put forward to guard against the V1 were formidable Â? 23,000 men and women with their guns, radar and

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A total of 10,500 missiles were launched as part of the V1 attack, of which 3,957 were destroyed by the defences. Indeed, it could have been much worse, for by the end of the war the Germans had manufactured close to 32,000 flying bombs. The defences put forward to guard against the V1 were formidable Â? 23,000 men and women with their guns, radar and communications networks were installed on coastal sites. Squadrons of Britain's newest Spitfires, the F XIVs, and Hawker Tempest Vs were kept at home to battle the new menace. Rushed into action in July 1944 to help counter the V1 threat, Britain's Gloster Meteor I was the first jet fighter to enter RAF service. On 4 August the Meteor scored its first V1 victory. Having just closed in on a flying bomb, its officer squeezed the trigger but his guns jammed. Using the Meteor's superior speed, he was able to overtake the missile and, using his wing tip, he tipped the craft over and sent it crashing into the ground. The interceptions between the V1 and Britain's Gloster Meteor were historic, and ushered in a new era of aerial combat.

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“Donald Nijboer superbly sets the stage with a brief preface on nascent jet propulsion technologies. A compact chronology, design notes, technical remarks, strategic assessment and Combatant comments follow. Then after two biographic sidebars, Nijboer's effort crests with engaging accounts of V1 interceptions over 1944 Britain.” —David L. Veres, www.cybermodeler.com (April 2013)

“...provides a fine in-depth survey of one of Hitler's major offensives against London, and how Britain's Gloster meteor 1 was the first jet fighter used against them. Vintage black and white photos accompany descriptions of combats and victories in a fine survey of the world's first jet-against-jet battle, suitable for military and aviation libraries alike.” —James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review (January 2013)

“...another superb read in the Duel series, a series that has really matured over the years. This is one of the better volumes in this reviewer's opinion, and no matter how much you think you know about the subjects, you will learn more. It is a book I can easily recommend to you not only for the way it is written, but also for its excellent choice of period images and pilot stories.” —Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness (November 2012)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781782003014
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
10/20/2012
Series:
Duel , #45
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
80
File size:
20 MB
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Meet the Author

Donald Nijboer is a freelance writer who lives in Toronto, Canada. He teaches courses in radio broadcasting at Humber College of Technology and Advanced Learning. His four books, Cockpit: An Illustrated History of World War II Aircraft Interiors, Gunner: An Illustrated History of World War II Aircraft Turrets and Gun Positions, Cockpits of the Cold War and Graphic War Â? The Secret Aviation Drawings and Illustrations of World War Two, have been published by the Boston Mills Press. He has also written articles for Flight Journal, Aviation History and Aeroplane Monthly. Jim Laurier is a native of New England and lives in New Hampshire. He attended Paier School of Art in Hamden, Connecticut, from 1974 to 1978, and since graduating with honours, he has been working professionally in the field of fine art and illustration. He has been commissioned to paint for the US Air Force and has aviation paintings on permanent display at the Pentagon. Jim completed the three-way views, armament scrap views, cockpit views, V1 launch artwork, 'Engaging the Enemy' artwork and He 111 artwork for this book. Gareth Hector is a digital artist of international standing as well as an aviation history enthusiast. Gareth completed the battlescene artwork and cover artwork for this volume.
Donald Nijboer lives in Toronto, Canada and has written about World War II aviation for Osprey since 2009. His other four books, Cockpit: An Illustrated History of World War II Aircraft Interiors, Gunner: An Illustrated History of World War II Aircraft Turrets and Gun Positions, Cockpits of the Cold War and Graphic War Â? The Secret Aviation Drawings and Illustrations of World War Two have been published by the Boston Mills Press. He has also written articles for Flight Journal, Aviation History and Aeroplane Monthly.
Jim Laurier is a native of New England and lives in New Hampshire. He attended Paier School of Art in Hamden, Connecticut, from 1974Â?78, and since graduating with Honours, he has been working professionally in the field of Fine Art and Illustration. He has been commissioned to paint for the US Air Force and has aviation paintings on permanent display at the Pentagon.

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