Deck - US Navy Carrier Operations 1940-1945 is available online at Squadron.com
S u m m a r y
||Soft cover, portrait format, 64
pages plus covers
||Excellent pictorial history; full
colour images plus 141 b&w wartime photos, many new and unpublished;
attractive colour profiles; excellent format for modellers; great value.
||Recommended for US Navy enthusiasts
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
The title pretty well sums up the content of this new
book from Squadron/Signal Publications, but perhaps it should have been
sub-titled – “A Pictorial Record” for that is exactly what it is.
The book consists of 64 glossy pages contained within cardboard covers.
The front and rear covers carry full-colour wartime photos and the pages
between them contain a whopping 141 black and white photographs as well
as seven pages of full-colour side profiles.
book is presented in chronologically organised chapters:
1941 - The US Goes to War
1942 –Taking the fight to the Japanese and the
1943 – The Tide Turns in the Atlantic and Pacific
1944 – The Year of Triumphs, Defeats and the
1945 – Final Victory
The commencement of each chapter provides a brief summary of the events and
campaigns that occurred during the year as well as information on the colour
schemes and markings borne by the aircraft involved. It is left to the sharp,
clear photographs within the chapters and their captions to illustrate that
information and illustrate it they do very well. I have more than a decent
collection of books dealing with US Naval aviation during WWII and I was hard
pressed to recognize many of the photographs, the vast majority of them are new
and have not been published before.
This is a great book for the modeler. Lots of nice clear photographs that
clearly show the things that you want to know before you load your airbrush. It
shows you if you need to have a free-hand, a soft edged mask or a hard-masked
demarcation between the colours. It also shows the many variations in the
locations of the late-war geometric designs on glossy sea blue Hellcats,
Corsairs, Avengers and Helldivers. Many of the photographs are of the aftermath
of deck crashes and as such are nice and close revealing details of airframe
stencil data and of the exhaust patterns on the fuselage sides and lower
Given the quality of presentation and the information contained within its
covers, at this price you will be hard pressed to find a better source of
Thanks to Squadron for the review sample.
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