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Canadians and World War Two Aircraft Nose Art

by Stephen M. Fochuk


S u m m a r y

Publisher's Detail: Vanwell Publishing Limited
ISBN: 1-55125-013-6
Description: Hard Cover, 191 pages incl. 8 in colour. Over 600 photos
Price: Can$45 (approx.US$30)
Review Type: Book Review
Advantages: Lots of photos; plenty of variety; organised into aircraft type; useful captions
Disadvantages: Would be nice to see some larger pictures
Recommendation: Highly Recommended to Canadian and Commonwealth WWII aviation enthusiasts


Reviewed by Brett Green



Stephen Fochuk's first book is an attractive hardback providing broad coverage of nose art on World War Two aircraft associated with Canadians.

The book is presented in 8' x 11" format on high quality, satin finished paper. More than 600 pictures are packed into 191 pages. The majority of the book is in monochrome, but eight colour pages are included.

The author has taken a broad interpretation of the term, "Nose Art". "Under the Canopy" art is also well represented.

The featured art appears on aircraft from RAF, RCAF and even RAAF Squadrons. Most operational theatres are covered too - Burma, Pacific, the Middle East and Europe. The inclusion of a Canadian crewmember is the only excuse needed to find a place in the book. This ensures a wide range of aircraft types, colour schemes and decorations.

Emphasis is very much on the photos. Captions are brief for the most part; but often contain information about the aircrew, the operating unit and, where available, the codes and serial of the subject aircraft.

Chapters are organised by aircraft type. This is a real bonus for modellers. The aircraft types covered include:

  • Hurricane 
  • P-40 
  • Spitfire 
  • Beaufighter 
  • Mosquito 
  • Typhoon/Tempest 
  • Wellington 
  • Boston 
  • Halifax 
  • Lancaster 
  • Mitchell 
  • Liberator

Additional chapters cover Trainers, Transports, Coastal Command and Naval Aircraft.

It would have been nice to see some of the photos reproduced in a larger format. Nevertheless, the small pictures ensure very broad coverage of the subject.

This book will provide plenty of inspiration for anyone modelling Commonwealth subjects in general, but will be an essential companion to Canadian aviation fans in particular.

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Stephen Fochuk for the review sample.

Review Copyright 1999 by Brett Green
Page Created 19 November, 1999
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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