German Queries: Junkers W.34, Messerschmitt Me 265
Freccia or Falco
F9F-9 Alias F11F-1
A Covey of Capronis
Carrier Borne Aichi
From the attack on Pearl Harbor to the kamikaze raids in the closing stages of WWII, the Aichi Val was a potent Japanese weapon that caused considerable damage to Allied ships and ground installations. Using official records and the testimony of men who designed and flew it, Peter Smith tells the full story of the Aichi D3A1/2 Val using many rare photographs and interviews with surviving crew members. Filled with a wealth of material never before seen on this often-overlooked aircraft.
The 'Warbird" series tis month describes the origins.
characteristics and operational use of the Aichi Type 99 Carrier Bomber (code-name Val), one of the key types used by the Japanese Imperial Navy to make its attack on Pearl Harbor .
This is the incredible history of the dive bomber told from both official records and eyewitness accounts. It tears away the many myths and misrepresentations that surrounded this type of warplane and presents a truly original and detailed history, from the first true combat dive bombing by an RAF pilot in 1917 to the last stirring wartime actions. Interviews with the pilots who flew the combat missions in dive bombing aircraft of all the combatant nations give unique first-hand eyewitness viewpoints on many of the major actions and methods employed.
From a detailed description of what it was like to fly the very first dive-bomber missions into Poland on 1st September, 1939; through equally enthralling accounts of British attacks on German warships during the Norwegian campaign; Stuka missions against the French and British forces in May and June, 1940, and on throughout the war. Some well known aircraft types include the Curtiss Helldiver, Aichi D3A1, Blackburn Skua and the infamous Junkers Ju 87 ‘Stuka’.
“…a well written wee researched volume on a topic that has until now received very little coverage. This fascinating book, filling a clear void, is a fine addition to any aviation library.” LOGBOOK, Summer 2010