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drose01
10-11-2005, 11:32 PM
Can anyone recommend a good, normal size handbook with brief descriptions, histories and performance specs of WW2 aircraft (including axis and allies)?

bhunter2112
10-11-2005, 11:56 PM
Salamander press makes a great one. I have a copy. All ww2 fighter and bombers allied and axis with some others as well. "fighting aircraft of ww2"
all needed info and pics with text. a couple of pages per plane. very nice.

ImpStarDuece
10-12-2005, 12:07 AM
Try Stewart Wilson's "Combat aircraft of WW2", it has a fairly comprehensive listing of all fighters and subtypes as well as a description of each variant. It generally lists size, weight, powerplant, performance, production numbers and type operators.

It's my first "go to" book when I need to look-up anything basic about a WW2 aircraft.

Waldo.Pepper
10-12-2005, 05:46 AM
I'd go with the salamander book also.

This also excellent.

http://www.alibris.com/search/search.cfm?qwork=1235994&...works*listing*buynew (http://www.alibris.com/search/search.cfm?qwork=1235994&qcond=6&wtit=the%20complete%20book%20of%20fighters&ptit=The%20complete%20book%20of%20fighters&pauth=Green%2C%20William%2C%20and%20Swanborough%2C %20Gordon&pisbn=&pqty=10&pqtynew=5&pbest=30%2E95&pbestnew=74%2E95&qsort=p&cm_re=works*listing*buynew)

han freak solo
10-12-2005, 06:21 AM
I have these three by David Mondey. All are what I call "bookshelf" size. A little smaller than a volume from an encyclopedia.

British Aircraft of World War II
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1851526684/qid.../026-9627262-9906035 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1851526684/qid=1129119854/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_10_1/026-9627262-9906035)

American Aircraft of World War II
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1851527060/qid.../026-9627262-9906035 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1851527060/qid=1129119854/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_10_2/026-9627262-9906035)

Axis Aircraft of World War II
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1851529667/qid.../026-9627262-9906035 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1851529667/qid=1129119854/sr=1-3/ref=sr_1_10_3/026-9627262-9906035)


If he'd just do a book on Soviet aircraft of WWII, I'd be all set.

BRASSTURTLE
10-12-2005, 11:27 AM
Not exactly normal size, more like oversive paperback. it is about 8 x 10. not very in depth, but filled with aircraft you don't normally hear about.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1875671358/104-6917059...155&s=books&v=glance (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1875671358/104-6917059-6833509?v=glance&n=283155&s=books&v=glance)

i use it frequently as a quick reference.

drose01
10-12-2005, 12:37 PM
Originally posted by Waldo.Pepper:
I'd go with the salamander book also.


Thanks to all advice, I went with that one:
"The Illustrated Directory of Fighting Aircraft of World War II (Paperback)
by Bill Gunston"

I should mention that I used to have a book (that I lost) called "Jane's Pocket Guide to WW2 Aircraft" which was nice but whose descriptions of aircraft strengths and weaknesses were often at variance with the wisdom on this board.

Bearcat99
10-12-2005, 07:06 PM
Hit the Sturmovik Essentials link in my sig. Scroll down to Essential Reading..... Check out Military magazine... or the WW2 Aircraft Encyclopedia.

ViktorViktor
10-14-2005, 02:45 PM
"The Illustrated Directory of Fighting Aircraft of World War II (Paperback)" is NOT a good choice at all, if you are interested in the Pacific Theatre of Operations.

My copy has a picture of a Grumman Avenger on the back. There is no section on the Grumman Avenger in the book. You won't find the Fairey Swordfish, Ilyushin IL-2 Sturmovik, Douglas Dauntless, or Curtiss Helldiver in this book !!
No PBY Catalina either. Yet the book claims to cover every plane that flew during WWII.

The book has no index or general table of contents - makes it hard to find a particular aircraft.

This is a tall, thin book. This means the airplane pictures are more often than not cut in half by the book binding. Bad format choice.

YAKMAN1968
10-14-2005, 03:36 PM
I just got 'Janes Fighters of WW2' Its great BUT its bloody huge.

Chuck_Older
10-14-2005, 06:01 PM
Originally posted by han freak solo:
I have these three by David Mondey. All are what I call "bookshelf" size. A little smaller than a volume from an encyclopedia.

British Aircraft of World War II
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1851526684/qid.../026-9627262-9906035 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1851526684/qid=1129119854/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_10_1/026-9627262-9906035)

American Aircraft of World War II
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1851527060/qid.../026-9627262-9906035 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1851527060/qid=1129119854/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_10_2/026-9627262-9906035)

Axis Aircraft of World War II
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1851529667/qid.../026-9627262-9906035 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1851529667/qid=1129119854/sr=1-3/ref=sr_1_10_3/026-9627262-9906035)


If he'd just do a book on Soviet aircraft of WWII, I'd be all set.

Those books are pretty good for general reference. However, Mr. Mondey, or his editor, have made several glaring mistakes in those books in many places. I advise double checking on the info in those books if you need a definite answer about the aircraft inside

On the other hand, they are simply great introductions to the aircraft of WWII. Good info in egenral about the development of the planes. The illustrations in the books are worth the price on them alone

Mine are about 8"x4" in size, about 3/4" thick

I vastly prefer my Complete Book of Fighters, but it is big, about the size of a single Janes volume. Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation is a must-have really, but the info in it is dated and could stand an update. It's as big as a phone book


It is impossible to find a good catch all book on all the aircraft of WWII in a handy, convenient size, that gives descriptions, history, photos, illustrations, variants and dates of entry into service. At least I haven't found one book that does that yet. Let me know if anybody does

han freak solo
10-15-2005, 06:54 AM
Originally posted by Chuck_Older:
It is impossible to find a good catch all book on all the aircraft of WWII in a handy, convenient size, that gives descriptions, history, photos, illustrations, variants and dates of entry into service. At least I haven't found one book that does that yet. Let me know if anybody does

You're right on that one. I fortunately have several different kinds. They all hit and miss, but they almost cover each other.

I still have a BIG void on WWII Soviet aircraft.

Any suggestions, y'all??? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif