A lavish photographic history that reveals the vital role that the pilots and their aircraft played throughout the course of World War II. It will interest any aviation enthusiast due to the rarity and quality of the images of aircraft like the Supermarine Spitfire, P-51 Mustang and the Messerschmitt 109.
John Dibbs is unquestionably the world's premier aerial photographer, having flown over 1,150 aerial sorties in 125 different types. John has published 19 books including the acclaimed Spitfire: The Legend Lives On. His award-winning work has graced hundreds of magazine covers over the last 25 years. Raised in London, his interest in aviation was passed on by his father who grew up during the Battle of Britain near Northolt aerodrome. John now lives in Seattle, and is serving on the Board of the National Museum of World War II Aviation in Colorado Springs. His work can be viewed at www.planepicture.com. World War II aviation history has been a lifelong passion for Kent Austin Ramsey, and his inspiration is driven by his uncle's P-38/F-5 flight history in both the Pacific and European theatres of conflict. His uncle, Captain John G. Austin, was a photo reconnaissance pilot, and he was KIA one month before VE day. Kent has devoted the last 17 years to collecting and restoring World War II aircraft images for future generations. Kent is a native of Iowa, but he has spent the last 35 years living in the greater Seattle area. Lieutenant Colonel Robert "Cricket" Renner (USAF, Retired), a 1988 graduate of the US Air Force Academy, flew over 3,200 hours in the F-15C Eagle during his 22-year career, including combat missions over Serbia and Iraq. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor during NATO's Operation Allied Force in 1999. He has written numerous aviation articles, as well as the book Viper Force: 56th Fighter Wing-To Fly and Fight the F-16. He now flies 737s for Alaska Airlines, and warbirds with the Commemorative Air Force Alaska Wing. He lives in Alaska with his family. Lieutenant Colonel Renner wrote the text that accompanies the images in the book.