It's the final book vote of the year. This December sees us take to the skies, with five Combat Aircraft books battling it out for your vote. Have a read of the titles and their descriptions below and then vote for which title you'd like to see join the COM list. 

 

COM: RB-47 Units in Combat

COM: Ju 52/3m Transport and Minesweeping Units 1941-45

COM: USAF and USMC RF-4 Phantom II Units of the Vietnam War

COM: USAAF A-20 Havoc Units of the ETO/MTO

COM: Macchi C.202 Folgore and C.205V Veltro Units in Combat  


RB-47 Units in Combat

Throughout its brief operational life time the Boeing B-47 earned a reputation as a Strategic Air Command bomber that never saw combat. In fact, multiple reconnaissance variants of the B-47 were involved in aerial combat between 1952 and 1965, with three shot down or damaged beyond repair. Intercepts by hostile fighters were far more common, and crews were frequently awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for valor under extremely hazardous conditions. This is the story of these clandestine missions during the height of Cold War confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union.

 

Ju 52/3m Transport and Minesweeping Units 1941-45

The Ju 52/3m was the backbone of the Luftwaffe – a crucial link in the ‘supply chain’ for German forces on every battlefront, but also offering flexibility into other combat roles such as minesweeping. Without it, and the bravery and dedication of its crews, many German victories and war aims would not have been possible.

 

USAF and USMC RF-4 Phantom II Units of the Vietnam War

Aviators in the USAF and USMC RF-4 units flew some of the most dangerous missions of the war, particularly when they had to follow up airstrikes to provide bomb damage assessment. Unarmed, they were required to fly straight and level along predictable routes against defences which were well prepared for their arrival.

 

USAAF A-20 Havoc Units of the ETO/MTO

The Havoc can be listed among the lesser known Allied war-winners of World War 2, being the first American-built and USAAF manned bomber to attack Europe in World War 2. It played a major role in neutralising crucial German airfields and railway marshalling yards prior to D-Day, destroying key bridges to trap retreating German armour from the Falaise Pocket, making key interventions against road and rail networks during the Battle of the Bulge and in providing accurate and devastating close support for the American armies in their advance across North Africa, Sicily, Italy and northwest Europe.

 

Macchi C.202 Folgore and C.205V Veltro Units in Combat

Macchi’s C.202 Folgore (Thunderbolt) and follow-on C.205V Veltro (Greyhound) were, by some margin, the most potent Italian-built fighters fielded by the Regia Aeronautica and the fascist Aeronautica Nazionale Repubblicana (ANR) in World War 2. Indeed, thanks to their licence-built Daimler-Benz engines, the aircraft could more than hold their own against the best Allied fighters in the Mediterranean and North Africa.

 

Make your vote by clicking here!

Last month we asked you what would you like to see published in our Elite series. Thank you to everyone who voted and provided feedback, the full results are listed below!

 

ELI: European Battle Tactics 1715–91  15%
ELI: European Siege Tactics 1453–1815  11%
ELI: Close Air Support Tactics 1914–45  27%
ELI: Armies of the Indo-Pakistani Wars 1947–71   26%
ELI: The Athenian Army  20%

 

Did your favourite win? Which Combat Aircraft title did you vote for? Let us know in the comments!

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Hessy Field posted on 2 Dec 2019 18:38:51
Pity Indo-Pakistani Wars didn't win - although a very close second so hopefully it will get published. Among the December pole I've voted for the Ju 52/3m - the most important German transport aircraft of WWII (its allied opposite number - the C-47 - has already been well-covered in the Combat Aircraft series). As for the C.202 Folgore C.205 Veltro wasn't there an Aircraft of the Aces suggestion for the Folgore which won the pole some time ago? (Although personally I would prefer a Combat Aircraft title).

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