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Ex-USAAF Aircraft 1945

Ex-USAAF Aircraft 1945 Book Review

by Ray Mehlberger

Date of Review February 2011 Title Ex-USAAF Aircraft 1945
Author Andrzej Morgala Publisher Mushroom Model Publications
Published 2011 ISBN 978-83-61421-11-5
Format 80 pages, softbound MSRP (BP) £12.99 (approx $20.92 at current rate)

Review

Stratus is a publisher based in Sandomierz, Poland. They are an associate of Mushroom Model Publications (MMP) based in the UK. Stratus prints MMP’s books for them in the English language, as well as their own books in Polish and English. This new book was sent to me from Sandomierz. It was very heavily packed in cardboard and well protected accompanied by another book.

At the end of WWII, the revived Polish Air Force and aircraft industry bought many ex-USAAF aircraft, mostly light liaison types and C-47 transports. PZL and other aircraft factories and repair units restored many of the rather war-weary aircraft for use in Poland by civil authorities, aeroclubs and the air force.

This book describes in detail the purchase and use of the Piper L-4 Cub, Stinson L-5 Sentinel, Taylorcraft L-2A, Cessna UC-78 Bobcat and the Douglas C-27 in the immediate post-war years. The communist government played down the role of these U.S. types, but the author describes here their important role in Polish aviation in the 40’s and 50’s.

The book is in soft-cover in 8 ½” x 11” page format and 80 pages in length. It is illustrated with 14 color photos, 59 black and white photos, 40 color side profiles, 6 color 4-views, 6 color illustrations of Polish aeroclub logos, a color illustration of the IL Aviation Institute logo and the LWD Aircraft plant logo. The covers have 2 other color paintings. The book also contains 9 information charts.

The color profiles appear on the same pages as actual photos of the aircraft being illustrated. Neat!

This is a fascinating look at a previously little-known part of the history of these U.S. aircraft types, of interest to aviation enthusiasts, historians and scale modelers.

I want to thank Mushroom Model Publications (MMP) and Casemate for this review sample.

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