Great books on RAAF and RNZAFr?

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  1. vikingBerserker

    vikingBerserker Well-Known Member

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    #1 vikingBerserker, Oct 12, 2010
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    The upcoming Group Build has made me think and I'm trying to broaden my knowledge into areas that I've not spent a lot of time on, what are any of the "must have" books about the RAAF or RNZAF in WW2?
     
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    I'm not sure about "must have's", but there are many excellent books detailing the role played by RAAF units and personnel in WWII. Some good ones that pop into mind are-
    "Whispering death" - an account of RAAF Beaufighter actions in the PTO
    "War without glory" - about the struggles and sacrifices made by the RAAF in the first few months of the war in the Pacific - particulary the hard hit but gallent Hudson crews.
    "Desert Warriors" - very detailed account of Australian P-40 operations in the desert.
    "The decisive factor" - the vital role played by the RAAF in defeating the Japanese at Milne Bay
    "Spitfire's over Darwin" - the 1943 raids as told from the Allied point of view
    "Song of the Beauforts" - excellent account of Beaufort operations in and around New Guinea
    "Black cats" - a must have for PBY fans
    "Gestapo hunters" - 464 sqn of the Amiens raid fame
    and I could go on and on....

    Have a browse of these sites VB, you might find something of interest.
    3 Squadron AFC RAAF
    RAAF No.78 Kittyhawk Fighter Squadron
    Home - 454 and 459 RAAF Squadrons
    http://www.460squadronraaf.com/
    467/463 RAF/RAAF WORLD WAR TWO BOMBER SQUADRONS,Lancasters,bombers,sorties,missions,WW2,Waddington,war,memorial
     
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    Thanks! I appreciate the tips.
     
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    RNZAF in WW2

    Air to Air (Get from Publisher)
    RNZAF - The First Decade (hard to get)
    485 (N.Z.) Squadron 1941-1945
    An Illustrated History of the New Zealand Spitfire Squadron (hard to get)
    Spitfire: The New Zealand Story
    The Wild Winds - The History of Number 486 RNZAF Fighter Squadron with the RAF (hard to get)
    Buffalo's over Singapore
    RNZAF Aircraft Colour Schemes Vol.3 Corsair special (get from author via post)
     
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    I guess It really depends on what you would want to build re RNZAF aircraft?

    Any of the RNZF squadrons formed under Article XV creating
    such squadrons in the RNZAF from 485 to 490, all manned by Kiwi
    servicemen/woman from Singapore to Europe and West Africa flying
    Buffaloes in Singapore, Mosquitos/Spitfires or Catalinas/Sunderlands
    (488 serving twice, once in Singapore and next in Europe)

    You have 75 Squadron flying Wellingtons

    You have the Pacific, from 14 to 40 Squadrons flying aircraft
    such as the P40, TBF-1c Avenger, SBD4/5 Dauntless, F4U-1/FG-1
    Corsair, Mk III Sunderland, Catalinas, Venturas, Hudsons, C47s (Dakota)
    Harvards, even (early war) Vildebeest


    Plenty of aircraft to choose from:D

    Good books to read

    Wings Over the Pacific (Alex Horn -former Corsair pilot)
    Avengers (Wally Ingham) -Wally also wrote "We Also served"
    Last Stand Singapore (history of 488 Squadron) (Graeme Clayton)
    Portrait of an Air Force (history of the RNZAF)
    Golden Age of New Zealand Flying Boats

    Good websites

    WWII RNZAF

    Wings Over New Zealand - Home

    Hope that helps

    Regards

    Alan
     
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    Excellent, thanks fellas!
     
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