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Peter C Smith

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ISBN 10: 0861900626 / ISBN 13: 9780861900626
Published by Naval Institute Press
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(Subject: Aviation - General) The most comprehensive history of dive bombing from 1911 onward, extensively researched with numerous photographs. Written from official accounts the full history of the dive-bomber is revealed. From the earliest efforts by American pilots in the Mexican war in 1914, through the first true dive-bombing mission by the RAF on the Western Front in 1917, the rise of dive bombing in Germany and Japan, the adoption of the dive bomber by the US and Japanese Navies and the battles of WWII are all covered in detail (Published: 1982) (Publisher: Naval Institute Press) (ISBN: 0861900626) (Pagination: 221pp, numerous b/w photos & illustrations, index) (Condition: vg in dw) UL-XXXXXX. Bookseller Inventory # 15626-02

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Publisher: Naval Institute Press

Binding: Hardcover

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  • Details on planes like the German Stuka, the American Dauntless, the Japanese Aichi D3A1 "Val," the Soviet PE-2, and numerous others
  • Riveting accounts of aerial combat
  • Includes maps, diagrams, tables, and photos

    For many, it is a dive bomber that conjures the most dramatic, quintessential image of World War II: a screaming German Stuka hurtling toward the ground as part of the frightening blitzkrieg that opened the war. In this illustrated history of Allied and Axis dive bombers, Peter C. Smith traces these formidable aircraft from the earliest experiment, through the planes' first operation, to their emergence as devastatingly effective tools of aerial warfare in World War II.

  • About the Author:

    Peter C. Smith is a well-known authority on the history of dive-bombing and is the author of over sixty naval history books that are published on four continents. He currently lives with his wife and two Labradors in Bedfordshire, England.

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