of the 8th & 9th Air Forces
S u m m a r y
||Softcover Book of 80 pages,
mainly black & white photographs with a number of colour pics.
Colour profile artwork by Chris Davey. A number of actual combat
reports are also included.
||£16.95 plus shipping,
online from Classic
reference source for P-38 fans out there. Also covers the F-4 and
F-5 photographic airframes and the 'Droop Snoot'
Reviewed by Dale
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This book is the second publication by Classic Publications in the
Four Volume series of the American Eagles in the European Theatre of
Operation during the Second World War. Full details of the other volumns
can be found at the 'Classic Publications' website at www.classic-books.co.uk
This volume is a great read in its own right. The text picks up the
story with the arrival of the 1st FG flying the P-38F 'Lightning' and
its build up to operational status within the 8th and 9th Air Forces
with the normal associated problems with aircraft and crew.
I found the book to be more of a pictorial history reference than a
purely reference style of publication. The sheer bulk of pictures makes American
Eagles - USAAF Colours 2 a must-have for the ETO P-38 fan.
Close ups of nose art abound and, in some instances, aircraft that
are flown by one particular pilot are shown when the first, then the
second, and in some instances the third aircraft is lost in action and a
new airframe christened (ie I , II , III etc). Most pages contain either
one or two coloured artworks by Chris Davey. These are very well done.
As the 8th and 9th Air Forces build-up continued in England, coverage
of the new fighter groups is provided,with good reference made to their
individual markings and squadron codes.
Combat reports are supplied, as well as an individual aces section at
the rear of the publication.
I found this book very interesting. The photos are first class and
the colour artwork is well done and strategically placed throughout the
"American Eagles - USAAF Colours 2" is an excellent
reference source for modellers with P-38 kits stored in the
Many thanks to Classic Publications for supplying the
"American Eagles - USAAF Colours 2", and other Classic books, may be purchased through
specialist bookstores worldwide or from
Classic Publications Website
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