Rare Birds: Forgotten Aircraft of the Second World War

Author(s): Charles R. G. Bain 

ISBN: 9781781555248
£17.50 £25.00
The hidden story of forgotten aircraft of the Second World War from all fighting nations.
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  • A unique look at Second World War aviation through the lens of unknown and forgotten aircraft
  • Fascinating images of rare and strange aircraft from the period
  • Gripping stories told from every fighting nation
  • Of interest to military historians, aviation enthusiasts and modellers

The Second World War saw the apex of piston-engine aircraft design and ushered the world into the jet age. Classic names such as the Supermarine Spitfire, North American P-51 Mustang, Mitsubishi A6M Zero, Messerschmitt Bf 109 and Il-2 Shturmovik have become the stuff of legend. There were, however, many more aircraft to take to the skies during the war.

Rare Birds: Forgotten Aircraft of the Second World War seeks to tell those stories: from the valiant Poles fighting the might of the Luftwaffe to the varied and excellent fighters of the French Armée De l’Air, to the graceful craft of Italy’s Regia Aeronautica. This book seeks to tell the tales of the forgotten, doomed or those who failed to succeed during war. The stories of these aircraft, drawn from Allies and Axis nations alike, bring forth a fuller picture of aviation during the greatest airborne conflict in world history. Telling these stories will give readers an interesting and informative look into the past with personal reflections and a call to arms for the study of history.

BOOK ISBN 9781781555248
FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 224 pages
ILLUSTRATIONS 44 black-and-white and 34 colour photographs




Charles R. G. Bain, a life-long enthusiast of aviation, pursued an Honours and Master’s degree in History from the University of Windsor in Canada as well as a degree in Education. His interests are wide-ranging, but the history of flight is, and will remain, his first historical love. Bain spends his spare time reading voraciously, teaching, and speaking on history to audiences of all ages. He relishes the chance to discuss and debate historical topics, and seeks to encourage contact with historical knowledge.