PWS 14/16/16 bis/26 PWS 18 (Avro 621) Book Review
By Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||July 2008||Title||PWS 14/16/16 bis/26 PWS 18 (Avro 621)|
|Author||Bartlomiej Belcarz & Tomasz J. Kopanski||Publisher||Mushroom Model Publications/Stratus|
|Format||56 pages, softbound||MSRP (BP)||£9.99|
This new book by Stratus, which is the associate company of Mushroom Model Publications (MMP), just arrived from Sandomierz, Poland in a large bubble pack lined envelope.
MMP is based in the UK, but has their books printed in Poland in English. They have numerous titles about aircraft and a few on armor. Some have already been reviewed here on Cybermodeler.
This new book is in soft-cover 11 ¾” x 8” format of 56 pages.
The latest in their “Polish Wings” series, it describes the development and operations of the major advanced trainers employed by the Polish Air Force prior to WWII. The PWS concern produced a range of trainer aircraft developed from the original PWS 12 of 1939. Delays in production of the PWS 16 led to the purchase of a license to build the Avro 621 in Poland, though the subsequent PWS 18 shared only it’s fuselage and tail with the 621. The wings were redesigned in Poland for wooden construction. Final development of the PWS designs was the PWS 26, an advanced trainer with dive-bombing and gunnery capabilities.
The book is profusely illustrated with rare black and white photos, from 1939 through WWII and post war. There are 160 of these. What is really neat are the profiles are right next to black and white photos of the actual aircraft being illustrated.
This book covers the pre-war training activities of these aircraft, their brief involvement in the Polish campaign, and the fate of those aircraft which escaped from Poland to neighboring countries. The Germans, Russians, Romanians and Bulgarians all made use of surviving PWS trainers. The PWS 26 was also used for a time after WWII in Poland.