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THE FAMOUS B-24 “WITCHCRAFT”
The Enchanted Liberator—a Unique U.S. Bomber’s Experience During WWII
• A unique B-24 Liberator with the best flying record in the 8th USAAF during WWII
• Served in many key missions of WWII, to D-Day and beyond
• Built in the then-largest factory in the world, in Michigan
This book captures the story of “Witchcraft,” a B-24 Liberator based in Rackheath, England, toward the end of World
War II, that had a unique record in the 8th Army Air Force of flying 130 credited missions without aborting. This is
a sequel to author Perry Watts’ 2006 book (also published by Schiffer) on the 467th Heavy Bombardment Group,
which sets this Liberator in context. In this book, Watts starts with
Witchcraft’s
creation in the then-largest factory in
the world in Michigan, then chronicles its transit like many Liberators to the UK via Brazil and Africa. The narrative
provides detailed stories of
Witchcraft’s
often hazardous missions with its Group over occupied Europe and during
the battle for Germany 1944-45. This is a special testimony to why and how the B-24 played a key role in the World
War II liberation of occupied Europe.
Perry Watts
(1929-2013) was the official historian of the local wartime US 8th Army Air Force base, Rackheath,
Norfolk, England 1944-45, served in Malaya 1947-49, and was anRAF cadet pilot and an executive.
Size: 8 1/2" x 11" • 215 color & b/w photos • 176 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-7643-4888-4 • hard cover • $39.99
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Perry Watts
THE DOUGLAS A-20 HAVOC
The Ultimate Look: From Drawing Board to Peerless Allied Light Bomber
WilliamWolf
CLASSIC LIGHT AIRCRAFT:
An Illustrated Look, 1920s to the Present
• Concise summary and visual feast showing the wide variety of light aircraft both old and new
• Illustrations of more than 800 types of light aircraft from around the world
• Mass production types, homebuilts, and rare survivors of older aircraft are included
A visual celebration of the wide and colorful variety of the world’s light aircraft, old and new, organized from A to
Z by manufacturer, this book illustrates more than 800 light aircraft types that are likely to be seen when visiting
smaller airports and airfields across the globe. The text explains how each type relates to other models from the same
manufacturer anddescribes the differences between sub-variants, giving the numbers built. For some types, an indication
is also given as to howmany are currently active.The aircraft fall into the following categories: mass production aircraft
built in the thousands by major manufacturers such as Beechcraft, Cessna, De Havilland, and Piper; lesser-known but
important production and homebuilt aircraft, typically built in reasonable numbers and likely to be seen at the local
airfield; and finally, a selection of older aircraft that continue to be flown and cherished.
RonSmith
is aBritish aeronautical engineer, pilot, author, photographer, andhistorian. HewasHeadof FutureProjects
at Westland Helicopters Ltd. and has recently retired from BAE Systems. He has owned a number of light aircraft.
Size: 7" x 10" • 849 color & b/w images • 416 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-7643-4896-9 • hard cover • $34.99
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Ron Smith
• The first bona fide review of the A-20
• An in-depth look at the Douglas Aircraft company
• More A-20s were used by the Soviets than by the U.S.
Of all theAlliedbombers ofWWII, theDouglasA-20Havoc is probably the least well known, but was amajor contributor
to the air war effort, flying yeoman and unheraldedmissions not only for the USAAF, but also for the Royal Air Forces
of Britain, SouthAfrica, andAustralia; the Vichy and Free FrenchAir Forces; andmost importantly, for the Soviet Army
and Navy Air Forces, where more A-20s flew than with the USAAF. This is the sixth in the “Ultimate Look” series and
presents the same meticulous depth of research as the other books, using a multitude of original sources, technical
manuals, and photographs. It includes an in-depth look into the history of the Douglas Company, its founder, Donald
Douglas, and its legendary designer, Ed Heinemann. This book is truly the definitive look at the
Havoc
.
Dr.WilliamWolf
is a retired dentist whose passion isWWII air combat. He has over 22,000 books and threemiles
of microfilmonWWII in his library, and is the author of sixteen books and numerous articles onWWII aviation history.
Size: 8 1/2" x 11" • 788 color & b/w photos, drawings • 512 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-7643-4833-4 • hard cover • $79.99
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