S u m m a r y
||Hardcover book with dust jacket;
303mm x 206mm format; 228 pages; more than 300 photos in total including
some wartime colour pictures; colour pictures also of detail areas of a
restored aircraft and museum pieces; colour artwork by Tom Tullis, Eddie J
Creek and Arthur Bentley.
||£35.00 plus shipping,
online from Classic Publications
||Excellently printed and bound.
Superb reference source. Tom Tullis artwork.
||Somewhat expensive to collect the
Reviewed by Dale Smith
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Recently received from 'Classic Books' in the UK, is Volume 3 of the
excellent series of books by these authors on the Me 262 Jet Fighter of
the Luftwaffe and its service in WW 2.
I've always been a fan of the Me 262 and was very excited when the
first two volumes were released over the last couple of years. The books
were an excellent reference source, however my budget at the time did
not allow purchase of the books, so this review was an offer too good to
The book starts out at Chapter 14, following on from the first 2
volumes and for the next few chapters explores night fighter development
of the Me 262 that was needed in an effort to counter the continuing
rampage of RAF Mosquitos' that due to their speed, were roaming
virtually unchallenged over Germany. Development of the Me 262 single
seat and twin seat versions with the different forms of radar are
covered. Later chapters then move on to the day fighter war. Combat
reports from both sides, that make rivetting reading are supplied with
cross reference also made to losses from both sides. As well as the
reference pictures, artwork is supplied by Tom Tullis that is excellent.
Coverage is supplied of the number of Me 262 airframes that fell into
the allies hands both during and after the war, with their present
whereabouts stated and colour pictures supplied of the relative museum
pieces given that are an excellent reference source for all you
scratchbuilders out there.
part of the book that I found extremely interesting is the day by day
reference to operations that list clashes with the allies as well as
losses. These operational lists cover from 2 December 1944 to the 31st
of March 1945. It was a sad fact working with the Me 262, that a pilots
life did not last very long due to the difficult nature of flying the
aircraft, lack of training and the continual problems with the engines,
undercarriage and aircraft in general that did not help matters. If
these problems could have been overcome, the outcome of the air war in
Europe may have well been a different story. Chapter 17 was
interesting in that it dealt with the ongoing problems between the
fighter pilot ranks and the Luftwaffe hierarchy and Goering relating to
the use of the Me 262 , that finished in a near 'mutiny' led by many
high ranking pilots such as Galland and Steinhoff. This 'mutiny' led in
the end to the formation of JV 44 and its associated story. The Allies
concern over the Me 262 are also covered in Chapter 18.
Excellent line drawings are supplied (scale was not stated, but they
appear to be 1/72 scale) that cover the full aircraft in general and
then other larger drawings that cover numerous parts of the airframe,
and the masses of Tom Tullis artwork throughout the book is absolutely
superb. There are also two Appendices at the rear of the book that deal
with the ongoing problems with the undercarriage (one of the major
'Achilles Heels' with the design ) and also the Pilot's Operating
This book was an enthralling read that I found difficult at times to
The absolute mass of reference photos, both colour and black and
white, with the Eddie J Creek's and Tom Tullis' artwork, make this book
a must have for all the Me 262 fans out there.
This volume alone has masses invaluable information.
Volume 4 is also now available, and this will be the subject of a
further review in coming weeks.
Many thanks to Classic Publications for the review
Me 262 Volumes 1-4,
and other Classic books, may be purchased through
specialist bookstores worldwide or from
Classic Publications Website
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