U.S. AERIAL ARMAMENT IN WORLD WAR II " THE ULTIMATE LOOK. 3 VOLUMES. VOL. 1 : GUNS, AMMUNITION, AND TURRETS. VOL. 2 : BOMBS, BOMBSIGHTS, AND BOMBING. VOL. 3 : AIR-LAUNCHED ROCKETS, MINES, TORPEDOES, GUIDED MISSILES, AND SECRET WEAPONS.

Wolf, William.


£180.00




3 Vols., Complete : Schiffer, Atglen. Vol. 1 : 1st ed., 2009. 448 pp., numerous photo-ills., + ills. Vol. 2: 1st ed., 2010. 285 pp., numerous photo-ills., + ills., including various cold. Vol. 3 : 1st ed., 2010. 344 pp., numerous photo-ills., + ills., + a couple of cold., ills. All Vols. : Marbled e.p.'s ; d.j., 28 x 22cm. FINE. This three-volume study is the definitive work on U.S. aerial armament in World War II in which the author draws from his extensive library, microfilm archives and technical manuals. The first volume covers aerial machine guns and cannon ; a discussion of the machine gun versus cannon controversy, ammunition ; gun-sights ; gun cameras ; search radar and radar gun-sights ; Central Fire Control systems and remote sighting ; an extensive section on the development, installation and description of the numerous bomber turret and non-turret gun positions ; fighter aircraft armament ; gunnery training ; bomber and fighter air-to-air and strafing gunnery tactics ; fighter and bomber gunnery "aces" ; and a survey of the armament installations on all World War II U.S. fighters and bombers. Each topic is introduced by a history of its development and manufacture, followed by a detailed description and pictorial of the weapon, its installation, and use. The second volume covers the development of Bombs and Bombing Theory and Strategy ; an extensive chapter on Conventional Bombs and Fuses ; Bomb Handling and Release and Control Mechanisms ; an extensive chapter on Conventional and Radar Bombsights ; The Bombardier ; Bombing Missions Described ; Bombing Tactics ; Effects of Bombs ; Miscellaneous Ordnance. The third volume covers : Dive Bombers, Fighter Bombers, Rockets, Napalm, Torpedoes, Depth Charges, Aerial Mines, GT-1 Glide Pattern Torpedo, Speedee Bomb, Hydrobomb, Disney Rocket-Assisted Bomb, Very Heavy Conventional Bombs, Atomic Bomb, Poison Gas and Biological Bombs, Leaflets, Animal Aerial Weapons. There is an extensive chapter on guided missiles including GB (Glide Bomb) Series, VB (Vertical Bomb) Series, Drones (Aphrodite, Anvil, Castor, Willie Orphan, XBQ - 1 / 2 / 3 and PQ Series, and USN TDR drones), SWOD (Special Weapons Ordnance Device) Series (Robin, Pelican, Moth, and Bat / SWOD Mk9), Glomb, Gargoyle, Gorgon, JB : Jet Bomb Series (JB-1 through 10). THREE VOLUMES :


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