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    I finally nabbed a copy of "European Transport Aircraft Since 1910". Won it on Ebay for $54.51 US. An early Christmas present.

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    Ferry, after WW II in The Netherlands there was no big drive to start museums relating to the war, in spite of the facts that the Dutch are probably the best collectors in the world, such as sigaren bandjes, etc. and have the most museums per capita. You will find the best museums relating to WW II in countries that were not occupied during that period. In Holland, the aircraft wreckage is considered more with a reference, a memorial to the crew members, at least that was the case in the '40s, '50s, and early '60s when I lived there.

  3. #28
    Quote Originally Posted by Moses03 View Post
    I finally nabbed a copy of "European Transport Aircraft Since 1910".
    It's been a great help to me with some of your mysteries, and you paid a fair price - it's becoming very hard to get, as I'm sure you know.

    I nabbed a spare copy of J.M.Bruce's Putnam 'British Aeroplanes 1914-18' for £36 on the Bay. Last copy I saw in my specialist bookshop was selling for a staggering £175.

    Now have a little nest-egg of Putnams for eventual resale - a much better investment than most everything else these days. We old pensioners have to survive somehow !

    Incidentally,the Bruce is one of the few books I have bought over the years that have the cigarette smoke problem. I have found that the tumble-dry sheets are quite effective in combating this (we call them Bounce here - don't know what they are in the States).

  4. #29
    Well Santa brought no aviation books - except the ones I bought myself !

    A 4-volume set of Heinz Nowarra's 'Deutsche Luftrüstung 1933-1945 now sits on my shelves. All I have to do now is learn some more German !

    Also picked up on the Bay 'RAF and RCAF Nose Art' for about half its cover price. Interesting stuff.

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    Bit late in posting but haven't had interet on my computer for most of the holiday.

    I got four books for christmas.

    Westland Wessex Warpaint series.

    Putnam Hawker Aircraft Both of these are very good as you would expect.

    Control in the Sky L.F.E. Coombs An excellent book, has especially helped with my uni project on cockpits too.

    Scorpions Sting:The story of 84 sqn Don Neate (Air Britain) This ones a really interesting read, I got it because our whirlwind was with them out in cyprus but the other bits I've dipped into are very good too. They have actually never been based on the uk mainland.

  6. #31
    Added Picture History of Aviation on Long Island 1908-1938 by Dade and Strnad to the library. Found it for $7 at the local discount reseller. Filled with dozens of rare photos of American and foreign aircraft. (Savoia-Marchetti SM-55 docked in NY harbor for example). This one is right in my wheelhouse with my near obsessive interest in 1930's transports & airliners of late. Covers a lot of the comings and goings at Floyd Bennett Field.



    Can't say too much else because there will be some mystery planes pulled from it down the road.

  7. #32
    Gulp ! Just bid for a bound Aircraft Profiles 205-222 on the Bay, and it went for a mind-boggling £51 ($74), over three times what I thought it was worth.

    Someone really wanted that book.............

  8. #33
    This arrived in the mail today; The Last Flight of Bomber 31. Can't wait to get started on it. Always been interested in the far corners of WWII and the Aleutians were about as far as you could go. Covers the long-range Ventura & Harpoon missions over Japan in some of the worst conditions possible in any theater.



    A NOVA special on PBS first brought this story to my attention.

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/bomber/

  9. #34
    Finally bought myself the 'Nachtjagd war diaries' volume 1&2 written by Theo Boiten, and published by Red Kite. Had to drive all the way to Schiphol and back, but I managed to get the last complete set available!

    I could have ordered the books online and had them delivered to my house, the last time I did that the idiot that was supposed to do that dropped an expensive book in the hallway in the apartment building where I lived because I was't at home at the time. Fortunately it was still there when I came home late that night but if I get half the chance I rather drive the 120+ miles and pick them up myself!

    Great books btw, very detailed information on the nightfighters' operations.
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    For those of you who wondered why so many problems dogged Bomber Command and its equipment during WW2 I would thoroughly recommend 'The Relentless Offensive: War and Bomber Command' by Roy Irons.

    This book details doctrine, research and armament development, and the foresight or lack thereof by individuals and various committees involved in making the Command a fighting force.

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    Picked up a couple of books at Waddington.

    Rotorcraft of the Third Reich (not the mushroom one, the big thick one). Its one I've wanted for a while and it had about a third off. Haven't had time to read properly but looks excellent, as you'd expect it covers the main types in much more depth than the mushroom one (which is excellent as a quick reference) as well as covering a much wider range of types.

    The other is the old Air Britain Hoverfly File. So far seems up to their usual standards which are pretty high.

    Also got the new book from the author of Vulcan 607 but I'll post something about that if I ever get time to read it!

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    Picked up an interesting book today in a second hand bookshop (only cost £6.50 too)

    Its called an introduction to Aeronautical Engineering- volume one: mechanics of flight.

    The interesting thing is that its from 1936 (original edition was 32). Makes interesting reading how they explained things as opposed to modern textbooks. Obviously its largely similar, theres one or two things which are not technically correct like why the air accelerates over an aerofoil but on the whole its all very familiar right down to the diagrams. The confusing bit is numbers they use, I'm used to drawing in feet and inches and quoting knots and feet but have always converted to SI for calculating things, this is all in lb/ft3 etc.

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    I've just been working thru the list from Canav Books.
    http://www.canavbooks.com/Booklist/
    Mostly Larry Milberry stuff but there are a couple of others that I recommend - My Life in the North: Jack Lamb; Bush to Boardroom, Duncan McLaren - PWA

    ALL of Don McVicar's books - From ferry command to making an airline, to racing Mossies postwar
    http://www.donmcvicar.com/

    and I've been looking for a set of three 'juvenile fiction' books from the 40's:The Steve Knight Flying Stories Series consisted of three volume series, set during World War II, and published by Grosset & Dunlap in 1941 and 1942. Author Ted Copp
    They show on a couple of booksellers pages but then the page is dead or I've had no reply

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  14. #39
    Rob, you would have been proud of me. I just missed on Putnam's Canadian Aircraft Since 1909 over on Ebay last week. Tough one to track down.

    In the meantime I have been slowly filling out my Juptner collection. Picked up U.S. Civil Aircraft Vol 2 for cheap.



    I like the later volumes better as the early ones tend to have a lot of Wacos and Travel Airs that all look the same.

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    Blast ! Filling out your Juptners, eh ? Another source of mysteries closed off for me.........

    Anyone know anything about these books ?

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...:B:WNA:GB:1120

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    Not familiar with that one. Looks interesting though.

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    Christmas books

    Santa was good to me (after a few hints )

  18. #43
    Late present from Santa: Vultee Aircraft 1932-1947 by J. Thompson. (Same author of Italian Civil and Military Aircraft 1930-1945).


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    Ok, If it's about aircraft carriers, does it count as "aviation" history?

    Just finished an outstanding book: Black Shoe Carrier Admiral, Frank Jack Fletcher at Coral Sea, Midway, and Guadalcanal, by John B. Lundstrom. Anyone who has read history on WW-II in the Pacific knows the reputation this Admiral has received from history, and it isn't good. His most grievous sin being that he “abandoned” the Marines at Guadalcanal, three days after the invasion force landed. It's been clear from Lundstrom's other books that he thinks Fletcher has received an unfair “bad rap” from history, and in this book, written in 2006, he takes this on in great detail. An excellent book.

    A good review here:
    http://www.strategypage.com/bookreviews/308.asp

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    Quote Originally Posted by PRB View Post
    Ok, If it's about aircraft carriers, does it count as "aviation" history?

    Heck yes!

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    Operation Plum

    Reading an interesting book called Operation Plum, by Adrian Martin and Larry Stephenson. “Plum” was the name of the operation to reinforce the Philippines with air power prior to the start of the Pacific War. Larry Stephenson's uncle was Glen Stephenson, a pilot in the 27TH Bomb Group. Larry wanted to research details about his uncle's death in April 1942, and in so doing, ended up writing a book about the ill-fated 27TH BG, with his uncle Glen a sort of almost central character in the story.

    Glen Stephenson (co-pilot) and the crew of B-25C (41-12455) were killed on April 21, 1942 while trying to find the airfield at Charters Towers in northeastern Australia after the long flight from Port Moresby, 740 miles away. They crashed into Mt. Bartle Frere, the highest mountain in Queensland. It was night, the weather was bad, and there were no navigation aids of any kind. Even the runway at Charters Towers was only lit by “flame pots”. They were flying low, trying to find Charters Towers by sight, feeling their way through this mountainous region of Australia. I flew around there in FSX to see...

    This is an interesting story. Poignant and sad for Glen Stephenson and his crew, for probably nobody besides his family had ever heard of him. He had just gotten married before the war started. And now he was dead fighting for his country, like so many other “kids.”

    By the time of Stephenson's death, the 27TH BG had been “absorbed” into the 3RD Attack Group. The B-25Cs they were flying were “acquired” from the Dutch... There is some disagreement, to this day, as to exactly how these Dutch B-25s ended up in the 3RD BG. The US side has a tale worthy of Merc-Air, when personnel from the 3RD BG, including the legendary Paul “Pappy” Gunn, flew down to Archerfield in Brisbane and basically made off with the planes. :d The Dutch side says they were properly transferred to the U.S...

    Anyhow, a good book.
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    On sale for $5.00 at the local discount bookstore-




    Lots of old black and white photos. My favorite! Not just about the planes but the tiny out of the way places they stopped at and the local history.

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    Just received this - Dimitar Nedialkov is a Colonel and Professor - still an active pilot with Mig-17, Mig-21 and Su-22 experience.

    He has produced a great book, and kindly signed a copy for me....

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    Two books came in the mail from Amazon.com today:
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    Ok, these Nick Grant books are not what I expected, but they are a fun read. First of all, they were written very recently (2008, 2009). Written by Jamie Dodson, they are “historical fiction” taking place in 1935. Nick Grant is a 16 year old kid who get into all sorts of trouble and adventure with Pan American Airways. The first one, Flying Boats and Spies, is about the setting up of the PAA bases on Midway and Wake, the interest in this shown by the Japanese, and, well, the misadventures of our young hero, and a Sikorski S-42. The next one, China Clipper, starts out where the last one ended. Don't know what it's about yet, but there's a picture of a Martin 130 on the cover, so how bad can it be?

    The other book I ordered just got in today. Escape of the Pacific Clipper. This is the story of one of the Boeing 314s that was stranded in New Zealand when the Pacific War started, it's long adventurous flight home. This one I'm bringing with me on the airplane Friday!
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