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Title:
Bomber missions : aviation art of World War II
Author:
Murray, G. E. Patrick.
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Publication Information:
[New York] : Friedman/Fairfax Publishers, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
144 pages, : illustrations (some color) ; 29 x 32 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781586630812
Format :
Book

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Summary

"Features 75 paintings that showcase the drama and action of combat in World War II."-- Publishers Weekly .   Breathtaking paintings capture in vivid detail the drama of air combat in World War II. The contributors include today's most noted historical artists, including Robert Bailey, Stan Stokes, Robert Taylor, Roy Grinnell, and Jim Dietz. Extensive captions offer additional insight, with information on the pilot, crew, and unit, while archival photographs breathe life into each scene.   "Definitely a coffee-table item....historically valuable."-- Booklist .


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Booklist Review

Definitely a coffee-table item, this oversize showcase of paintings of World War II bomber missions mandates gourmet coffee. The artists who have depicted the war's American, British, German, and Japanese bombers constitute an honor roll of aviation artists of the past half century: Jim Dietz, Robert Bailey, Stan Stokes, Keith Woodcock, Keith Ferris, and so forth. Their work represented here includes even a Paul Eckley watercolor of B-17s in the Pacific, made as early as 1942. The B-17 and B-24 tie for the most-rendered-subject honors, with the British Lancaster running them a respectable second and looking surprisingly graceful in some paintings. The men who flew the missions and those who watched for their return are portrayed briefing, debriefing, manning guns against attacking fighters, preparing bombers for flight even in dubious weather, and repairing the planes after they got back. Seasoned aviation buffs may notice a few rough spots in the text, but those don't detract from the enjoyment derived from this imposing, historiographically valuable book. --Roland Green