Book Review: Martin B-57 Canberra (Robert C. Mikesh) : AVH

Author Mikesh flew the B-57 during a 15-year period, logging more than 2,000 hours in it prior to becoming a curator for theNational Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., in 1970. He has had a love affair with the B-57 since he first saw onein 1949, and wrote an earlier and now out-of-print book about it in 1980.

This present book is a reissue and an expansion that allowed the author to add many details that had to be left out of theoriginal and to add more to the story of the airplane. Martin B-57 Canberra covers all aspects of the 28 years the adoptedBritish airplane was in service, in the Korean War and later in the Vietnam War. It is filled with many rare action photographsof the airplane both in color and in black and white.

Expanded appendices contain many historical points such as units and time periods of assignments, production records, andline entries for the history of each aircraft.


4 Responses

  1. Ronald E Cutting

    Possibly you can assist me ! In reference to Robert Mikesh, Author, I flew with him in the B-57 aircraft as a tow reel operator out of Johnson Air Force Base in the late 1950s. Robert was Flight commander of the 6th Tow Target Squadron, 8th Bomb Squadron.
    I have photographs of him and myself I would like to share with him BUT I have no way of knowing how to locate an address for him.
    I realize he has gone onto much bigger things since those days of the 50s but for sentimental feelings I would like to contact him.

    Thank You’
    Ron Cutting

  2. Eddy Johnston

    My father-in-law was an aircraft mechanic for the Air Force and worked on the B-57 in Okinawa. He would like to find out if Robert C. Mikesh – author of the book Martin B-57 Canberra – The Complete Record is still living. He would like to exchange some details of his time in the Air Force working on the B-57.

  3. John Hurley

    Bob Mikesh states in his enlarged B-57 Canberra book that “nothing happened” during the deployment of the 498th Bomb. Sq. to Turkey in support of the 1958 Lebanon Crisis. Planes were shot-up. That may be considered a “happening”. I received 7 hits over Tripoli. The closest was a foot in front of my knee. Small arms. The mission was low-level visual reconnaissance.

  4. Doug Gordon

    Hello John,
    I’m doing some research into the USAF deployments to Lebanon in 1958 and I’d very much like to correspond with you. Please get in touch.


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