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Flak in World War II – New Book Sept 1st!

“There is no question in my mind that this is an important book on a fascinating subject.  It is essential for any serious library on military history, and I will be proud to add it to mine.  In the vernacular, Donald has scored a direct hit.” Stephen Quick Former Director General Canada Aviation and Space […]

Was the Avro Arrow killed by a Genie?

Much has been written about the demise of the CF-105 Avro Arrow – high cost, government incompetence, American interference.  Or was it something more mundane?  The introduction of the 1.5 kiloton Genie nuclear missile and surface-to-air missiles were the most likely culprits. With a kill box the size of three football fields the Genie negated […]

Who ‘Shot’ down the First Me 262 Jet Fighter?

Credit for the first Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter to be ‘brought down’ in combat belongs to Joseph Myers and Manford Crory of the P-47D-equipped 78th Fighter Group, who manoeuvred a 1./KG 51 machine into the ground on August 28, 1944. The German pilot survived.  No shots were fired by both sides.  It happened again on […]

B-29 Superfortress vs. Ki 44 ‘Tojo’ Now Available.

By the time the Americans began their aerial bombardment of Japan in 1944, both the JAAF and IJNAF were spent forces. What the Japanese did have though was the Ki-44 “Tojo.” Armed with two 40 mm cannon, it was the most heavily armed and feared single-seat fighter to see action against the new American bomber, […]

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