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By Warren Thompson, Andrew Thomas

The american citizens lagged at the back of their eu contemporaries in army aviation within the overdue Thirties, and it took the conflict of england to evoke an remoted the United States to the need of getting airplane which could shield ambitions opposed to evening assault through bomber plane. With assistance from the RAF, the significance of constructing this kind of really expert fighter strength used to be given best precedence. This booklet examines the varied airplane varieties that have been utilized by the U.S. during this position, starting with the early 'stop-gap' conversions just like the TBM Avenger, Lockheed Ventura and the A-20 Havoc (P-70). It is going directly to element the strive against historical past of the more moderen and radar built Hellcats, Corsairs and Black Widows that have been designed to search out enemy airplane (both German and eastern) in Europe, the Mediterranean and the Pacific. It was once those airplane that registered lots of the kills made by way of the army, Marine Corps and USAAF in 1944-45. eventually there are extra money owed from the yank pilots who hung out at the frontline on trade excursions with the RAF within the ETO/MTO, studying the intricacies of flying radar-equipped opponents just like the Mosquito and Beaufighter at evening, ahead of the USAAF taking receipt of the much-delayed P-61. With complete colour profiles and infrequent photos, this can be an soaking up account of a regularly underestimated flying strength: the yank Nightfighters.

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