Canadian Aircraft of WWII Book Review
|Date of Review||June 2010||Title||Canadian Aircraft of WWII|
|Format||72 pages, softbound||MSRP (USD)||$29.99|
The folks at Aviaeology sent over this interesting title - Canadian Aircraft of WWII. The author does a historical walk through the various aircraft types operated by the RCAF during the second world war and for each subject covered, provides several key items of interest: 1) a narrative history of each type in RCAF service; 2) nice period photography of selected subjectsl; and 3) nice color profiles of selected subjects. The aircraft covered in this title include:
- de Havilland Fox Moth
- Consolidated Catalina I
- North American Mustang I
- Fleet Fort
- Short Sunderland III
- Hawker Hurricane XII
- Bristol Bolingbroke IV
- Northrop Delta II and III
- Douglas Boston III
- Consolidated Liberator GR.V
- Supermarine Stranraer
- Bristol Bolingbroke IVW
- Blackburn Shark II
- Supermarine Spitfire FR.IX and FR.XIV
- Bristol Beaufighter TF.X
- Westland Lysander IIIA TT
- Curtiss Kittyhawk IV
- Lockheed Hudson I
- Stocky Edward's Spitfire and Fw 190
While this list isn't comprehensive, it does provide a first installment of the aircraft types flown by the RCAF. As stated by the author, each of the 19 subjects listed above are individual articles compiled into this first volume and additional subjects like the Tiger Moth, Lancaster, Mosquito will be covered in the future.
The printing and color is well done in this title and will provide a good overview of some of the RCAF's fleet of aircraft in Commonwealth service at home, in Europe, as well as other theaters.
This is a nice first effort from Aviaeology for what will hopefully become a series of titles to cover the breadth of subjects in this particular air arm. If successful, perhaps we'll see similar monographs from other air arms like Australia, New Zealand, etc.
This title is definitely recommended!
My sincere thanks to Aviaeology for this review sample!