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  • DazDaMan
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Aug 2003
    • 18707

    Warbird books

    With the imminent release of the book on Spitfire P9374, I was wondering if there were any other books written about historic warbirds?

    I can think of a couple written on Spitfires:

    2nd TAF Spitfire - ML407
    Spitfire in Blue - PL965
    The CO's Query - MJ730

    Any others?
    Daren Cogdon

    Spitfire fanatic
  • Mike J
    Senior Member
    • Jan 2000
    • 3241

    #2
    I must have a dozen or so on individual Spitfires alone, such as Brendon Deere's recent one, several on the Manston one, one on TB863,

    Then there's Peter Vacher's Hurricane book
    Several on 'Just Jane'
    Paul Coggan's book on 'Lil Margaret'
    One on the CWH Lancaster

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      #3
      And a forthcoming one on the DH9......

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      • Dave Homewood
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Mar 2004
        • 5648

        #4
        Mike, what's the book on TB863? I can't think of one on that aircraft.

        It's former stablemate, the AFC Hurricane P3351, has its own biography written by Ian Brodie.
        Wings Over Cambridge - Cambridge's and New Zealand's Contribution to the Wartime Air Forces

        Wings Over New Zealand Forum

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        • Mike J
          Senior Member
          • Jan 2000
          • 3241

          #5
          Dave, it was a privately-published one commissioned by Tim Wallis at the time he acquired it.

          And yes, I'd forgotten the Ian Brodie Hurricane one.

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          • Dave Homewood
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            • Mar 2004
            • 5648

            #6
            Another such book is The Whole Nine Yards by John King, about Curtiss P-40N "Currawong" restored by Pioneer Aero Ltd that flies here in NZ.

            John's earlier book "New Zealand Warbirds" is a collection of biographies of warbirds too.

            And Gavin Conroy's recent release "Precious Metal" would also fall into that category.
            Wings Over Cambridge - Cambridge's and New Zealand's Contribution to the Wartime Air Forces

            Wings Over New Zealand Forum

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            • Mike J
              Senior Member
              • Jan 2000
              • 3241

              #7
              There's one on the Glasgow Spitfire too, terrible binding, my copy started shedding pages pretty much straight away

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              • Dave Homewood
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Mar 2004
                • 5648

                #8
                I have a book on the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, I thinbk published by Osprey in the late 1980's or early 1990's, which is mostly photos and superb. Has there ever been other books on their aircraft with more of a text history of the aeroplanes?
                Wings Over Cambridge - Cambridge's and New Zealand's Contribution to the Wartime Air Forces

                Wings Over New Zealand Forum

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                • jeepman
                  infrequent poster now
                  • Apr 2004
                  • 1982

                  #9
                  warbird Books

                  Nobody has mentioned "Black 6" yet - or is it relegated to the second division as it's now on static display
                  JM

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                  • Martin Garrett
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                    • Oct 2009
                    • 229

                    #10
                    Black 6: Extraordinary Restoration of a Messerschmitt Bf 109 Russ Snadden
                    Spirit Of Britains First Graham Warner
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                    • CeBro
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Sep 2009
                      • 2146

                      #11
                      Home is the Halifax about the reconstruction of YAM's Halifax
                      Spirit of Val about Tony Agars Mossie

                      Personally I love these subjects, about the recovery, restoration and anything else.
                      There is also a book about the restoration of P38 Joltin'Josie
                      A book about the history and recovery of the RAF Museum's Hurricane wreck

                      Cees

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                      • Jack Ruskin
                        Key Troll-aux magnet
                        • Nov 2006
                        • 1396

                        #12
                        Ah, my fave subject. Just some in my library in addition to those above....

                        Corsair KD431 - time capsule fighter
                        Mynarskis Lanc (actually the CWH Lancaster)
                        Yellow 10 - story of ultra rare Fw-190 D13
                        Excalibur III - story of Smithsonians P-51B
                        Last Canberra - PR.9 XH131
                        Helluva Pelican - A-20G 42-86786
                        Alpine Fighter Collections Hurricane P3351
                        Final Cut - Post war B-17 survivors
                        B-25 Mitchell in civil service - ditto
                        Consolidated PBY Catalina: The Peacetime Record
                        Lost Squadron - P-38 Glacier Girl
                        Mustang Restored - F-6D Lil' Margeret
                        Living Lancasters - by Jarrod Cotter
                        Avro Lancaster - The Survivors
                        Lufthansa Ju-52 D-AQUI
                        Shackleton 1722 - SAAF museum
                        Aston Publications survivors series - Mossie, Dak, Spit etc....
                        Spitfire Survivors (new version) - Vol.1
                        The Last Flying Boat - Kermit Weeks Sunderland
                        Memphis Belle - Dispelling the myths
                        Stormbird Rising & Project 262 - mainly new builds but also US Navy's Me-262B restoration
                        One Hurricane One Raid - recovery & restoration of P3175
                        The Reluctant Messerschmitt - recovery & restoration of a '109
                        50 years of Vulcan XH558 - TVOC publication
                        (and Clive Du Cros' new build Spit and Messenger restoration}

                        ...would you like more ?


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                        Oh no not ~another~ separate thread about Newark (the unfriendly museum) !

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                        • DragonRapide
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • Jun 2007
                          • 1007

                          #13
                          Vacher Hurricane R4118
                          Listening out for something interesting approaching...

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                          • Mike J
                            Senior Member
                            • Jan 2000
                            • 3241

                            #14
                            See post #2
                            Last edited by Peter; 25th May 2012, 22:03.

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                            • Ian Hunt
                              Rank 5 Registered User
                              • Oct 2010
                              • 221

                              #15
                              Warbird Books

                              'One of Our Aircraft', about the Loch Ness / Brooklands Wellington.

                              Probably won't be flying at Legends this year, but a warbird nevertheless.

                              : )

                              Ian

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                              • Sopwith
                                Rank 5 Registered User
                                • Mar 2009
                                • 1515

                                #16
                                Originally posted by Tangmere1940 View Post
                                And a forthcoming one on the DH9......
                                How far away is this one from expected publishing date Andy?

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                                • J Boyle
                                  With malice towards none
                                  • Oct 2004
                                  • 9793

                                  #17
                                  Sally B - A very Special Lady by Ken Ellis 1992

                                  And for perhaps the finest photo record of a restored B-17 with fantastic interior views..
                                  Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby - A Lucky Lady of the Sky by Don Patterson (photos) and George Merva (text) 1988.

                                  And to give more details on the books briefly mentioned by Ruskin in post 12....
                                  Mosquito Survivors by the late Stuart Howe, Aston Publishers, 1986.
                                  The book mentions his Avro Survivors and Paul Coggan's Mustang Survivors.

                                  P-Screamers, The History of the Surviving Lockheed P-38 Lightnings by A. Kevin Grantham, Pictorial Histories Publishing, 1994.

                                  Also, the Smithsoniam's National Air and Space Museum published a series of mongraphs on aircraft in their collection. They included the P-51B Excalibur III racer (mentioned by Ruskin above) and..
                                  De Havilland DH-4: From Flaming Coffin to Living Legend by Walter Boyne
                                  Messerschmitt Me 262: Arrow to the Future, by Walter Boyne,
                                  The First Non Stop Coast to Coast Flight and the Historic Fokker T-2 Airplane by Louis Casey
                                  and while not a warbird....Aeronca C-2: The Story of the Flying Bathtub by Jay Spencer,
                                  Last edited by J Boyle; 25th May 2012, 20:05.
                                  There are two sides to every story. The truth is usually somewhere between the two.

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                                  • CeBro
                                    Rank 5 Registered User
                                    • Sep 2009
                                    • 2146

                                    #18
                                    There are actually two volumes about the Blenheim rebuild. Part two deals with both restorations.

                                    Cees

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                                    • Mike J
                                      Senior Member
                                      • Jan 2000
                                      • 3241

                                      #19
                                      I've also got Smithsonian volumes on the Fw190 and Bleriot as well as those listed? The Wellington one was a not Smithsonian book, and is a general history of the type.

                                      The Avro Survivors book by Aston was never published, nor was the Hawker one that was also promised.
                                      Last edited by Mike J; 25th May 2012, 18:27.

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                                      • Jack Ruskin
                                        Key Troll-aux magnet
                                        • Nov 2006
                                        • 1396

                                        #20
                                        Originally posted by J Boyle

                                        Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby - A Lucky Lady of the Sky by Don Patterson (photos) and George Merva (text) 1988.
                                        Thanks, that's a new one on me. Duly ordered from the land of Amazonia



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                                        Oh no not ~another~ separate thread about Newark (the unfriendly museum) !

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