Smith, Peter C.


Kimber 1st ed., 1981. 253 pp., 32 photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 15cm. V.G.+.This book reveals for the first time what it was like to be on a dive-bomber mission and how it was on the receiving end, either aboard a destroyer in the Channel or manning an Ack-Ack gun at Tobruk. From obscure experiments at the end of World War One, to the savage blitz and the slaughterhouses of the Eastern Front, Crete and the Pacific, the full story is told of the dive-bomber. Using graphic portraits from the flyers themselves as well as untapped documents, the author reveals many startling and unexpected facets of other aspects of this story, including the hidden conflicts in Whitehall with the RAF opposing dive-bombers, and also secret testing in Russia.

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