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The B-24 Liberator in RAF Coastal Command Service: with focus on Aircraft of No. 311 (Czechoslovak) Squadron RAF

JaPo

 

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Catalogue Number, Description and ISBN:

Japo

The B-24 Liberator in RAF Coastal Command Service: with focus on Aircraft of No. 311 (Czechoslovak) Squadron RAF

Authors: Pavel Türk & Miloslav Pajer (translation by Petr Janda)

Illustrators: (profiles) Tomas Poruba & Jaroslav Farkas; (other) Tomas Poruba & Jan Poruba

No ISBN registered

Contents & Media:

320 pages, hardcover A-4 portrait format, 550 photographs, 70 colour profiles, plus other illustrations. Four data-rich appendices and a complete list of primary and secondary sources are appended to the back of the book.

Price:

See the publisher’s website for local distribution / availability – typically £70.00 plus shipping.

Review Type:

FirstRead

Advantages:

Fantastic research and illustrations.

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Conclusion:

This book completely covers all the B-24s used by Coastal Command.  This clarifies the entire story that is often overlooked.  Covering the Atlantic Gap was essential to the success of the war and this book pays homage to those that covered it, especially the Czech crews.  The authors are to be commended on gathering this information into one place. 


Reviewed by Floyd S. Werner Jr.


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FirstRead

 

This book arrived and I must say that I was impressed from the outset.  The quality of the book and the material contained inside is typical JaPo.  The title sounds like it is just about the Czechoslovak unit, No.311 Squadron, but this book is about a whole lot more than that.

The B-24 was the most produced American airplane in WWII.  Its use by Coastal Command is better known in England but not so well known in the US.  The use of the Liberator as a precision bomber in the US has overshadowed the vitally important mission of U-Boat patrol.  This book fills that void. 

 

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  • The B-24 Liberator in RAF Coastal Command Service: with focus on Aircraft of No. 311 (Czechoslovak) : Image
  • The B-24 Liberator in RAF Coastal Command Service: with focus on Aircraft of No. 311 (Czechoslovak) : Image
  • The B-24 Liberator in RAF Coastal Command Service: with focus on Aircraft of No. 311 (Czechoslovak) : Image
  • The B-24 Liberator in RAF Coastal Command Service: with focus on Aircraft of No. 311 (Czechoslovak) : Image
  • The B-24 Liberator in RAF Coastal Command Service: with focus on Aircraft of No. 311 (Czechoslovak) : Image
  • The B-24 Liberator in RAF Coastal Command Service: with focus on Aircraft of No. 311 (Czechoslovak) : Image
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JaPo is well known for packing their books with a plethora of information.  This one is no different.  There are 320 pages of text, photos and color profiles.  There are 550 photos with a number of them in color.  The 70 color profiles are really impressive and show the differences in turrets, radar, antennas and anti-shipping ordinance. 

There is a breakdown by each squadron, with notes and highlights, including hand drawn mission notes from attacks against U-boats.  The unique markings and squadron codes are interesting.  The quality of the photos is exceptional.  I was quite impressed with the rocket attacks by Liberator BZ723 which sunk a U-Boat with rockets and guns.  It is a perfect example of the level of detail used throughout the book.  It has the profile, the drawings for the attack, description of the attack and photos from the actual attack. 

The return to Czechoslovakia is also showed.  The B-24 in Czech markings is quite interesting.  The aircraft being handed over to the fledgling Czech Air Force. 

There are some Appendices in the back that cover the entire list of B-24s in the Czech Squadron.  The appendix has an interesting chart that has the armament, radar and codes for every aircraft where known.  Quite interesting. 

For the modeler there is even a color plate that explains the camouflage schemes.

 

 

Conclusion

 

This book completely covers all the B-24s used by Coastal Command.  This clarifies the entire story that is often overlooked.  Covering the Atlantic Gap was essential to the success of the war and this book pays homage to those that covered it, especially the Czech crews.  The authors are to be commended on gathering this information into one place. 

Highly recommended

I would like to thank JaPo Publishing for the review copy of the book.


Review Copyright 2016 by Floyd S. Werner Jr.
All Images are © 2015 Japo Publishing
This Page Created on 29 December, 2016
Last updated 29 December, 2016

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