Polish Fighter Colors 1939-1947, Vol.1

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Book Author(s)
Bartlomiej Belcarz, Robert Gretzyngier, Tomasz J. Kopański, Wojtek Matusiak, Marek Rogusz
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Rainbow #9131

The Polish Air Force during WWII fought in many fronts, under many different camouflage schemes and with a very large variety of aircraft.

This book covers the Polish Air Force, as an autonomous force in Poland, during 1939, and as an independent Air Force, integrated for operations with the French Air Force (1940) and the RAF mainly for the period 1940-1943.

For each main section –as described above- there is a chapter that describes the general strategic and tactical situation, the overall organization and coordination with French and British Air Forces, plus some high level description of the combat roles.

There is another chapter devoted to the general details of camouflage colors, scheme and markings, and later there are specific chapters for each airframe flown by Polish pilots.

The airframes cover include: PWS-10, PZL.P.7a, PZL.P.11a and 11.c, while an autonomous Air Force, MS.406, Bloch MB 151 and MB 152, Caudron CR.714, Curtiss H-75A, Dewoitine D.520, D.501 and D.510, Koolhoven FK.58, while in France, plus Hawker Hurricane I, II and IV, Spitfire I, II and V, while integrated with the RAF.

Note that I say integrated with RAF and French Air Force, as they were not absorbed into those services. The Polish Air Force remained an independent force, integrated with the French and Royal Air Forces.

Each one of the airframe-centric chapters include black and white pictures of specific airframes plus gorgeous color profiles, and in some cases even 4-view drawings. For most, if not all pictures, there is a location and timeframe, plus some other historical facts of the airframe and/or the pilot.

I have scanned a few pages to indicate the quality of the images and color prolifes and you can find a video –with all the pages- at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9OLoDTfegk

While reading Volume 1 there were references to the upcoming Volume 2 so I suspect it will include later Spitfire marks (Mark IX) and Mustangs in RAF service, and probably also some Polish pilots that flew with the Soviet Air Force and USAAF.

This book is an excellent resource for the aviation history aficionado and a source of inspiration for the modeler. I know I want to build my Caudron CR.714 now.

Very highly recommended.

I would like to thank Mushroom Model Publication and IPMS/USA for the review sample.


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