An Ordinary Day in 1945 Book Review
By Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||February 2006||Title||An Ordinary Day in 1945|
|Author||Peter Kassak||Publisher||Mushroom Model Publications|
|Format||128 pages, softbound||MSRP (USD)||$22.95|
This new book by Mushroom Model Publications (MMP) is in their usual 6 ½” x 9” soft-cover format. It describes the air operations over western Europe on March 2nd, 1945. Just another day in the final months of WWII. Nothing special – except to those who fought in the air, were wounded, captured or killed..
Full details are provided, in it’s 80 pages, of the combat operations of the 2nd TAF (RAF), the 8th and 9th Air Forces (USAAF), and the Luftwaffe, the latter operating both piston and jet-engined warplanes. Aircraft involved range from the German jets (Me-262 and Ar-234) to US heavies (B-24 and B-17), plus a wide variety of single-seat fighters on both sides.
Victories, losses and participating aircrew are listed, and there are 45 pictures of pilots. These are out of 70 total war-time black and white photos, the rest being of various aircraft. Three of these photos are of tombstones and one is of a German propaganda poster. There are illustrations of 2 unit insignias, 12 data charts and a strafing operation diagram and 4 ½ other pages of data.
There are a total of 32 color profiles of a representative selection of British, US and German aircraft involved in the day’s combats.
This is a fascinating snap-shot of late war aerial combat, and will be of interest to historians, aircraft enthusiasts and modelers.