Warbird books

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With the imminent release of the book on Spitfire P9374, I was wondering if there were any other books written about historic warbirds?

I can think of a couple written on Spitfires:

2nd TAF Spitfire - ML407
Spitfire in Blue - PL965
The CO's Query - MJ730

Any others?

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I must have a dozen or so on individual Spitfires alone, such as Brendon Deere's recent one, several on the Manston one, one on TB863,

Then there's Peter Vacher's Hurricane book
Several on 'Just Jane'
Paul Coggan's book on 'Lil Margaret'
One on the CWH Lancaster

And a forthcoming one on the DH9......;)

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Mike, what's the book on TB863? I can't think of one on that aircraft.

It's former stablemate, the AFC Hurricane P3351, has its own biography written by Ian Brodie.

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Dave, it was a privately-published one commissioned by Tim Wallis at the time he acquired it.

And yes, I'd forgotten the Ian Brodie Hurricane one.

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Another such book is The Whole Nine Yards by John King, about Curtiss P-40N "Currawong" restored by Pioneer Aero Ltd that flies here in NZ.

John's earlier book "New Zealand Warbirds" is a collection of biographies of warbirds too.

And Gavin Conroy's recent release "Precious Metal" would also fall into that category.

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There's one on the Glasgow Spitfire too, terrible binding, my copy started shedding pages pretty much straight away :(

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I have a book on the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, I thinbk published by Osprey in the late 1980's or early 1990's, which is mostly photos and superb. Has there ever been other books on their aircraft with more of a text history of the aeroplanes?

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Nobody has mentioned "Black 6" yet - or is it relegated to the second division as it's now on static display

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Black 6: Extraordinary Restoration of a Messerschmitt Bf 109 Russ Snadden
Spirit Of Britains First Graham Warner

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Home is the Halifax about the reconstruction of YAM's Halifax
Spirit of Val about Tony Agars Mossie

Personally I love these subjects, about the recovery, restoration and anything else.
There is also a book about the restoration of P38 Joltin'Josie
A book about the history and recovery of the RAF Museum's Hurricane wreck

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Ah, my fave subject. Just some in my library in addition to those above....

Corsair KD431 - time capsule fighter
Mynarskis Lanc (actually the CWH Lancaster)
Yellow 10 - story of ultra rare Fw-190 D13
Excalibur III - story of Smithsonians P-51B
Last Canberra - PR.9 XH131
Helluva Pelican - A-20G 42-86786
Alpine Fighter Collections Hurricane P3351
Final Cut - Post war B-17 survivors
B-25 Mitchell in civil service - ditto
Consolidated PBY Catalina: The Peacetime Record
Lost Squadron - P-38 Glacier Girl
Mustang Restored - F-6D Lil' Margeret
Living Lancasters - by Jarrod Cotter
Avro Lancaster - The Survivors
Lufthansa Ju-52 D-AQUI
Shackleton 1722 - SAAF museum
Aston Publications survivors series - Mossie, Dak, Spit etc....
Spitfire Survivors (new version) - Vol.1
The Last Flying Boat - Kermit Weeks Sunderland
Memphis Belle - Dispelling the myths
Stormbird Rising & Project 262 - mainly new builds but also US Navy's Me-262B restoration
One Hurricane One Raid - recovery & restoration of P3175
The Reluctant Messerschmitt - recovery & restoration of a '109
50 years of Vulcan XH558 - TVOC publication
(and Clive Du Cros' new build Spit and Messenger restoration}

...would you like more ?

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See post #2

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'One of Our Aircraft', about the Loch Ness / Brooklands Wellington.

Probably won't be flying at Legends this year, but a warbird nevertheless.

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And a forthcoming one on the DH9......;)

How far away is this one from expected publishing date Andy?

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Sally B - A very Special Lady by Ken Ellis 1992

And for perhaps the finest photo record of a restored B-17 with fantastic interior views..
Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby - A Lucky Lady of the Sky by Don Patterson (photos) and George Merva (text) 1988.

And to give more details on the books briefly mentioned by Ruskin in post 12....
Mosquito Survivors by the late Stuart Howe, Aston Publishers, 1986.
The book mentions his Avro Survivors and Paul Coggan's Mustang Survivors.

P-Screamers, The History of the Surviving Lockheed P-38 Lightnings by A. Kevin Grantham, Pictorial Histories Publishing, 1994.

Also, the Smithsoniam's National Air and Space Museum published a series of mongraphs on aircraft in their collection. They included the P-51B Excalibur III racer (mentioned by Ruskin above) and..
De Havilland DH-4: From Flaming Coffin to Living Legend by Walter Boyne
Messerschmitt Me 262: Arrow to the Future, by Walter Boyne,
The First Non Stop Coast to Coast Flight and the Historic Fokker T-2 Airplane by Louis Casey
and while not a warbird....Aeronca C-2: The Story of the Flying Bathtub by Jay Spencer,

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There are actually two volumes about the Blenheim rebuild. Part two deals with both restorations.

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I've also got Smithsonian volumes on the Fw190 and Bleriot as well as those listed? The Wellington one was a not Smithsonian book, and is a general history of the type.

The Avro Survivors book by Aston was never published, nor was the Hawker one that was also promised.

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Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby - A Lucky Lady of the Sky by Don Patterson (photos) and George Merva (text) 1988.

Thanks, that's a new one on me. Duly ordered from the land of Amazonia :D

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Glad to be of help. Just keep in mind it's more of a magazine/booklet but great photos.