Военная история → Battle Colors (2): Fighter Command: Insignia and Aircraft Markings of the Eighth Air Force in World War II
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Battle Colors (2): Fighter Command: Insignia and Aircraft Markings of the Eighth Air Force in World War II
By Robert A. Watkins
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd 2006 144 Pages
PDF 23 MB
This, the second volume in the Battle Colors series, concludes the focus on 8th Army Air Force insignia & markings. This in no way is meant to imply that the 'book is closed' on this matter, quite the contrary. After spending better than fifty years in an avocational pursuit of this subject. I am constantly amazed at the regularity with which new images and data relating to continue to surface. One would tend to feel that given this age of 'super information' in which we now live that just about anything and everything there is to know about the subject of World War II wfould by now be a matter of public record. This is simply not the case however. Much of this new material is uncovered by professional historians who spend untold hours pouring over dusty archives, personal correspondence and photographic images. To these individuals the rest of us enthusiasts are truly indebted. However a surprising source of new or obscure information comes from either the veterans themselves or. in more recent years, a relative or close friend. For me personally this latter group has proven to be an invaluable source of data regarding the US Army Air Corps in the early to mid Twentieth Century, especially concerning the
squadron and group levels. Whether the information concerns an unauthorized insignia or a particular theater of operations aircraft markings, these private sources can often provide a fresh insight into matters long overlooked and nearly forgotten with the passage of time.