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Junkers Ju 88 Volume II

Junkers Ju 88 Volume II Book Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review May 2005 Title Junkers Ju 88 Volume II
Author Krzysztof Janowicz Publisher Kagero
Published 2005 ISBN 83-89088-57-6
Format 80 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $24.95

Review

Kagero has been turning out some very interesting and well-researched monographs on many subjects which have not been previously adequately covered. One such subject is the Junkers Ju 88 series. In Volume II, the author jumps straight into a bombing mission over the Balkans and into Ionian Sea, with the perspective told from both sides. With this introduction, the author takes your behind the history, development and operations of this versatile combat aircraft.

In this installment, the author picks up the coverage from Volume I and discusses Ju 88 combat operations and its evolution under fire. The coverage includes:

  • Introduction
  • North Sea Debut
  • Fire Over Norway
  • Campaign in the West
  • The Battle of Britain
  • In the Mediterranian
  • Eastern Front
  • The West 1942-1945
  • Other Users
  • Bibliography
Book Review

In addition to the historical aspects of this title, presented in both Polish and English, there are numerous fold-out three view diagrams of the various early marks of the Ju 88 and many color profiles as well. In fact, a sheet of Techmod decals is also provided with the markings of selected color profiles in both 1/72 and 1/48 scale. These include:

  • Ju 88A-4, Stab II/KG 77, 3Z+AC, Oct 1942
  • Ju 88A-14, 3./KGr 106, S4+AL, 1942
  • Ju 88A-4, 5./KG 30, 4D+DN, 1943
  • Ju 88S-3, 1./KG 66, White B, 1943

The aviation historian and modeler alike will want to add this to their reference libraries - especially considering the VERY reasonable retail price!

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