Fifty Fighters (2): 1939-45 (Aircam Aviation 18)
By Richard Ward
Publisher: Osprey 1973 52 Pages
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This, the second volume covering fighter aircraft built between the years 1938 to 1945 extends the scope of the series by including some of those types of the period which saw service during the post-war years in many of the world's air forces. In some instances many types were in continuous service through the fifties, the sixties and even into the seventies, though only one type can claim this distinction, the evergreen North American P-51D Mustang, to give it its wartime designation. The F-51D Mustang last fired its guns in anger, albeit in the ground-attack role in the Israeli Air Force during the Sinai Campaign of 1956, it still flies with the AURI and with a few of the smaller South American airforces; illustrated in this book are two AURI Mustangs which saw action in the closing months of World War II with the Netherlands East Indies Air Force passing to the AURI on the formation of that force to continue in service for two decades in various roles, F-324 being photographed in 1970.