A comprehensive and detailed look at the dive-bomber in World War II in all its
many manifestations, with new information and photos of German, British, French,
Italian, Japanese, Soviet (including the very first detailed accounts in the English
language of female dive-bomber pilots in action) and American aircrew and aircraft.
Recounts not just the success but also the failures and how the type developed
world-wide in the heat of combat.
Among the many new revelations were the evolution of the dive-bomber; the between-the-wars
developments; the theory and practice of dive-bombing and the many wartime actions
world-wide. Among the many rare types described and illustrated were the superb
Hawker Henley, stupidly killed off by RAF prejudice; the Swedish twin-engined SAAB
L-10; Italy’s ludicrous “Flying Banana”, the Savoia-Marchetti Sm85; the Bulgarian
DAF-10F; the French Navy’s Loire-Nieuport types and their brief participation in
the Battle of France in 1940; bombs, bomb-sights, instruments and policy are all
covered, with numerous diagrams and illustrations to back up the comprehensive
photographic coverage, much of it seen for the first time in this volume. How Palembang
might have been a mis-use of dive-bombers, how a Japanese Judy crippled the USS
Franklin and how the RAAF used the Commonwealth Wirraway as a make-shift dive-bomber,
are among the host of new facts to emerge in this book.