The British Fleet Air Arm in World War II

The British Fleet Air Arm in World War II

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by Mark Barber, Stephen Walsh, Mark Postlethwaite
     
 

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This is a concise history of the Royal Navy's air arm during World War II, from their Arctic convoys, to the battle of Malta, and the last raids on Japan. Amazingly, the Admiralty only had 406 operational pilots and eight carriers when war broke out, but a mere six years later there were over 3,000 operational pilots and 53 aircraft carriers patrolling the seas in…  See more details below

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This is a concise history of the Royal Navy's air arm during World War II, from their Arctic convoys, to the battle of Malta, and the last raids on Japan. Amazingly, the Admiralty only had 406 operational pilots and eight carriers when war broke out, but a mere six years later there were over 3,000 operational pilots and 53 aircraft carriers patrolling the seas in every theatre of the war. This book charts the rapid evolution of the Fleet Air Arm during the war as air power took over at the cutting edge of naval warfare. Mark Barber's account is highly illustrated with photographs and specially commissioned full-colour artwork and offers an overview of the British Fleet Air Arm, from recruitment and training through to combat accounts. Discover some of the most dramatic actions of the war as Royal Navy aces battled against the Axis forces scoring both the first and last kills of the war.

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“Of particular interest to figure modelers are the number of illustrations that show the various types of uniforms worn during this period of time. It is a book that should find interest with all readers. A book you'll enjoy reading and one that I can recommend to you along with any other Osprey title.” —Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (June 2008)

“From the Arctic convoys, to the battle of Malta, and the last raids on Japan, this concise history of the Royal Navy's air arm details some of the most dramatic actions of World War II as Royal Navy aces battled against the Axis forces -- scoring both the first and last kills of the war!” —Game Trade Magazine (April 2008)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781780965413
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
03/20/2012
Series:
Elite , #165
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
879,963
File size:
6 MB

Meet the Author

Lieutenant Mark Barber RN is a pilot based at RNAS Culdrose. His dissertation on the Fleet Air Arm in the Mediterranean in World War II was named as the best in the year at the Royal Navy academy, Dartmouth. He was named Best Aircrew Officer upon graduation of his class. His unlimited access to Royal Navy and Fleet Air Arm museum records and photos, has resulted in a book that is a worthy addition to the annals of British naval aviation.

Stephen Walsh studied art at the North East Wales Institute. Since then he has worked mainly for the American historical board-game market, fulfilling a lifelong interest in historical subjects. His American works include the best-selling Settlers of Catan. He has also produced many pieces of artwork inspired by JRR Tolkien.

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