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Carrier Strike is now Available!

In Carrier Strike: US Naval Air Warfare in the Pacific, historian Donald Nijboer tells the full story of the American carrier fleet during the Second World War – the vessels, the crew, the aircraft and the pilots as well as their British Royal Navy allies and the deadly Imperial Japanese Navy forces they faced in […]

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 […]

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