Air Power History

A journal of air and space history

Articles from Vol. 60, No. 4, Winter

Birth of a Base: MacDill Field 1939-1941
Birth of a Base: MacDill Field 1939-1941. By TSgt Bruce Lipowski, USAF (Ret.). Bloomington, Ind.: AuthorHouse, 2013. Tables. Illustrations. Photographs. Notes. Appendices. Bibliography. Pp. xix, 162. $25.95 paperback ISBN: 978-1-4817-2993-2 Sergeant...
Bombing Nazi Germany: The Graphic History of the Allied Air Campaign That Defeated Hitler in World War II
Bombing Nazi Germany: The Graphic History of the Allied Air Campaign That Defeated Hitler in World War II. By Wayne Vansant. Minneapolis Minn.: Zenith, 2013. Maps. Illustrations. Appendix. Pp. 103. $19.99 paperback ISBN: 978-0-7603-4530-6 This is...
Destination Unknown: Adventures of a WWII American Red Cross Girl
Destination Unknown: Adventures of a WWII American Red Cross Girl. By LeOna and Kathleen Cox. CreateSpace Publishing, 2009. Photographs. Pp. 210. $12.82 paperback ISBN: 978-1466412484 My first thought on flipping through these scrapbook-like pages...
Fifteenth Air Force against the Axis: Combat Missions over Europe during World War II
Fifteenth Air Force Against the Axis: Combat Missions over Europe during World War II. By Kevin A. Mahoney. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2013. Maps. Photographs. Notes. Appendices. Glossary. Bibliography. Index. Pp. xv, 485. $95.00 ISBN: 978-0-8198-8494-6...
From the Editor
In this issue of Air Power History Darrell Dvorak provides a missing chapter to the story of Project Trinity, the world's first atomic bomb test. It is an account of the nearly two dozen men who witnessed the test, while flying aboard B-29s. He tells...
History Mystery
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The mystery aircraft in our last issue was Britain's Miles Master advanced trainer. The Royal Air Force, Fleet Air Arm and South African Air Force used hundreds of these aircraft, which were functional and useful, if not exactly...
How Wars Are Won and Lost: Vulnerability and Military Power
How Wars Are Won and Lost: Vulnerability and Military Power. By John A. Gentry. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Praeger Security International, 2012. Tables. Diagrams. Notes. Index. Pp. 314. $63.00 ISBN: 978-0-313-39582-6 Books about war or other military...
In the Shadow of the Moon; A Challenging Journey to Tranquility, 1965-1969
In the Shadow of the Moon; A Challenging Journey to Tranquility, 1965-1969. By Francis French and Colin Burgess. Lincoln: Bison Books (Univ. of Nebraska), 2010. Photographs. Bibliography. Index. Pp. 480. $22.95 paperback ISBN: 978-0-8032-2979-8 ...
Missed Opportunities before Top Gun and Red Flag
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Important as they have been to the development of national defense, much history remains to be written about the advent of Red Flag and Top Gun. (1) Archival sources documenting the origins of Red Flag in the 1970s, for example,...
Mustang, the Inspiration: The Plane That Turned the Tide of World War II
Mustang, The Inspiration: The Plane that turned the Tide of World War II. By Phillip Kaplan, South Yorkshire, UK: Pen & Sword Aviation, 2013. Photographs. Index. Pp. 192. $29.95 ISBN 978-1-781590461. Certainly, most aviation historians would...
No Empty Chairs: The Short and Heroic Lives of the Young Aviators Who Fought and Died in the First World War
No Empty Chairs: The Short and Heroic Lives of the Young Aviators Who Fought and Died in the First World War. By Ian Mackersey. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2012. Pp. 374. 20 [pounds sterling] ISBN: 978-0-2978-5994-9 Ian Mackersey's The Wright...
Testing American Sea Power: U.S. Navy Strategic Exercises, 1923-1940
Testing American Sea Power: U.S. Navy Strategic Exercises, 1923-1940. By Craig C. Felker. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2007. Index. Photographs. Appendices. Bibliography. Pp. 193. $22.46 paperback ISBN: 978-160344-989-2 Felker's...
The Battles of Al-Fallujah: Urban Warfare and the Growth of Air Power
The First Battle for Al-Fallujah: Background Before the United States and her allies invaded Iraq in the spring of 2003, Al-Fallujah was known only as a small city, forty-two miles west of Baghdad. Favored by the Iraqi strongman, Saddam Hussein,...
The Bombing War: Europe 1939-1945
The Bombing War: Europe 1939-1945.By Richard Overy. London: Allen Lane, 2013. Pp. 880. 30 [pounds sterling] ISBN: 978-0713995619 With 642 pages of text, 30 pages of bibliography and 126 pages of notes, and utilizing archival research in seven different...
The First Atomic Bomb Mission: Trinity B-29 Operations Three Weeks before Hiroshima
On July 16, 1945, the world changed forever, but the moment was witnessed by little more than 400 observers. Before dawn at a remote desert test site in New Mexico, history's first atomic bomb was exploded, culminating a top secret project codenamed...
The Mons Pocket
The Mons Pocket. By Steve Bowman, Jack Neufeld, and Paul German. City: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 2013. 78 pages. Photographs. Maps. Video. www. marshallfoundation.org. In late August and early September 1944, the Allies pressed the limits...
The Schweinfurt-Regensburg Mission: The American Raids on 17 August 1943
The Schweinfurt-Regensburg Mission: The American Raids on 17 August 1943. By Martin Middlebrook. South Yorkshire, UK: Pen & Sword Aviation, 2012. Maps. Photographs. Illustrations. Appendices. Bibliography. Index. Pp. 363. $29.95 paperback ISBN:...