Shrewsbury, 1st ed., 1983. Ix + 154 pp., numerous photo-ills., + 1 fldg., & cold., map. D.j., 25 x 19cm. Nr. FINE. Here is an account of the air operations which preceded and supported Operation Overlord, the Allied landings in Normandy on D-Day, June 6th, 1944. The authors describe the air problems which faced the planners of Overlord, referring especially to the clashes of personalities between Allied air commanders, and they give biographical sketches of the Luftwaffe, RAF and USAAF leaders whose forces contended for mastery of the Western skies. A full Order of Battle prior to D-Day is given, showing all the Allied and German air units involved. Luftwaffe, RAF and USAAF photographs illustrate some of the many types of aircraft employed in pre-Overlord operations, which are also depicted in a specially prepared, folding map. There is a full bibliography of relevant documentary and published sources and the authors range over the wide, varied and devastating forms of air power which the Allies were able to deploy in early 1944, when the mighty prelude to Overlord was launched and sustained.