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  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: Beaufighter Aces of World War 2

    Beaufighter Aces of World War 2 by Andrew Thomas, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, England, $19.95. Looking like a pug-nosed Bristol Blenheim with an attitude, the Bristol Beaufighter seemed every inch the hybrid bomber-turnedfighter that it...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Ace of Aces: Richard I. Bong

    Quiet, shy and introverted on the ground; aggressive, hostile and fearless in the air. Major General George C. Kenney had had enough. Ever since a certain pilot arrived at Hamilton Field for combat training on May 6, 1942, he had been...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Three Wars and Admirals’ Stripes

    During a 36-year career, ‘Red’ Carmody went from flying dive bombers in World War II to commanding an aircraft carrier off Vietnam. The contact report on October 26, 1942, came from Lieutenant Commander James R.“Bucky” Lee,...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Outgunned: An Me-109 pilot acknowledges defeat

    August 31, 1940, proved to be Lieutenant Wilhelm “Willy” Fronhofer’s unlucky day. During a cross-Channel raid, a British fighter got on his tail and blasted away with its eight .303 Browning machine guns at his Messerschmitt Me-109....

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Mustang Mission to Achmer

    Bob McCandless witnessed a double Me-262 kill before his P-51 was shot down in flames over enemy territory. Two yellow-nosed North American P-51 Mustangs started their dive from 15,000 feet and were doing 450 miles per hour when they...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Ace in a Day

    Major Archie G. Donahue shot down five aircraft on a single mission—twice. Major Archie Donahue’s reputation preceded him when he began training a new generation of U.S. Marine pilots to operate the Vought F4U-1D Corsair from aircraft...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Shot Down Over Rabaul

    A Marine F4U-1 Corsair pilot, dodging enemy fire, paddled for his life. First Lieutenant Robert A. Schaeffer was among the luckiest Corsair pilots to both win and lose against Japanese Zeros over Rabaul and live to tell about it. In the...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Review: Blazing Angels- Squadrons of WWII

    The first flight game to be released for Xbox 360, the squadron-based Blazing Angels focuses on the most intense air battles of the war. With graphics and visuals far superior to other flight games, Blazing Angels is a looker. But as the...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: Firestorm- Allied Airpower

    Firestorm: Allied Airpower and the Destruction of Dresden by Marshall De Bruhl, Random House, 2006, $18.45 On February 13 and 14, 1945, British Bomber Command and the American Eighth Air Force dumped 3,431 tons of high explosives and...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    The Flying Cowboy: Frederick Libby

    Frederick Libby became America’s first ace while flying as an observer-gunner in a spindly British pusher-propelled biplane. The apprentice airman could scarcely believe his situation. Yesterday he had been a supply truck driver with the...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: Phantom Reflections

    Phantom Reflections by Colonel Mike McCarthy. Praeger Security International, Westport, Conn., 2006, hardcover $35. One of the toughest roles to endure in life is that of the disaster or combat survivor. Relief at being alive often...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Gunfighting Over North Vietnam

    Despite the visions of post-Korea U.S. aircraft designers, the days of old-fashioned aerial machine guns were far from over. A brilliant sky greeted Major Durward Priester of the 366th Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW) as he led a flight of four...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Arsenal | A-4 Skyhawk

    From the first shot to the last, the Navy’s most prodigious attack aircraft of the war. On August 5, 1964, aircraft from the USS Constellation and Ticonderoga struck the North Vietnamese fuel depot at Vinh and three enemy PT boat bases....

  • Aviation History Magazine

    First Blood in Korean Skies

    In a brief but eventful combat career, the F-82 Twin Mustang proved its worth over Korea. By early 1945 it seemed obvious to the Allies that Japan would never surrender and the only way to achieve total victory in the Pacific War was by...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Death on the High Road: The Schweinfurt Raid

    In October 1943, Eighth Air Force bombers flew through hell to bomb Schweinfurt, Germany. For them, Schweinfurt meant only one thing: a killer town that was one of the most savagely defended targets along the aerial high road above...

  • Aviation History Magazine Book Review

    To Fly and Fight

    To Fly and Fight: Memoirs of a Triple Ace by U.S. Air Force Colonel Clarence E. “Bud” Anderson (ret.), with Joseph P. Hamelin Sometimes you finish reading a memoir wishing that you knew the author better. With Bud Anderson’s...