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- DescriptionThis book is the first in a comprehensive two-part study of the development and operational history of the Junkers Ju 88, exploring the many variants of this famous and long-serving Luftwaffe multi-role aircraft. The text is fabulously supported by several hundred rare photographs, manufacturer's handbook data, scale line drawings and specially commissioned colour artwork. The Ju 88 was probably the finest bomber to serve in the Luftwaffe bomber force, but its design, construction and speed meant that it was adaptable as a night-fighter, heavy fighter, torpedo-bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. This high-performance aircraft entered service in limited numbers during the campaign over Poland in 1939, but subsequently flew with distinction on every battle front on which the Luftwaffe operated throughout World War 2, from the early Blitzkrieg campaigns of 1939/40 through to the Mediterranean and the vast Russian theatre. It was kwn widely as a feared night fighter, representing the pinnacle of German aeronautical design techlogy. The Ju 88 served in numbers with the air forces of Finland, Italy, Hungary, Romania, Spain and France and its appeal as a combat aircraft; especially to modellers, is due to its widely dispersed service. Its variants, including the Ju 188 and Ju 288 which are also covered, and the wide array of armament and equipment with which it was fitted as well as its various markings and camouflage schemes.
- Author BiographyWilliam A. Medcalf was born in Monmouth, Illinois. His interest in aviation began when he was a schoolboy during World War Two and continued with weekly visits to local airfields. He became a pilot at the age of sixteen. He has continued flying for almost sixty years (propeller-driven aircraft, jets, and gliders). His interest in aviation technical history started while attending the University of Louisville. After graduating with a degree in physics, he served as an officer in the US Navy with assignments including navigator, electronics officer, air officer, CIC officer, and air defense officer. After completing Navy service, he returned to the University of Louisville and completed studies leading to a master's degree in history (his thesis was titled An Attempt to Gain Technical Superiority (Technical and Scientific Development of the Equipment for Air Warfare in Germany, World War II).
- Author(s)William A. Medcalf
- PublisherCrecy Publishing
- Date of Publication01/10/2014
- SubjectAircraft & Spacecraft: General Interest
- Place of PublicationManchester
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintClassic Publications
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight1792 g
- Width226 mm
- Height303 mm
- Spine20 mm
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