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The Air War at Sea in the Second World War (Hardback)

Aviation > WWII WWII

By Martin W Bowman
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Pages: 296
ISBN: 9781526746351
Published: 18th May 2023

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Martin Bowman’s considerable experience as a military historian has spanned over forty years, during which time he has spent hundreds of hours interviewing and corresponding with numerous men and women and their relatives, in Britain, America and beyond, resulting in a wealth of material on the war at sea from World War One to the Falklands and the wars on terror.

All these narratives have been woven into a highly readable and emotional outpouring of life and death in action in all his titles, as here, in World War Two, where the men of the Fleet Air Arm and the US Navy fighter (operating bomber and torpedo carrying aircraft) describe the compelling, gripping and thought-provoking narrative of the air war in the freezing Atlantic wastes to the waters of the mighty Pacific.

"In conclusion, “The Air War at Sea in the Second World War” by Martin W. Bowman stands as a testament to the author’s dedication to preserving and recounting the stories of those who served in the air during this pivotal era. It is a comprehensive and deeply human exploration of a crucial aspect of World War II, offering readers an immersive experience into the challenges, triumphs, and sacrifices of the men who fought amidst the clouds and waves. Whether searching for a summer read or research material, this book is a reading experience that is as informative as it is captivating and is sure to satisfy all who choose to add it to their bookshelf."

Read the full review here.

Australian Naval Institute

"...what makes this book different are the eye witness accounts be they an American Ensign Corsair pilot describing his first sight of the Japanese mainland or the attacks by a Sunderland on a U-Boat at “an angle more suitable to a Stuka; this is real history. The author is to be congratulated on pulling together a wonderful collection of reminiscences."

Peter Wykeham-Martin - Scuttlebutt, Warship World

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Scramble 1940 - Official Newsletter of the Battle of Britain Historical Society, Autumn/Winter 2023, Issue 168

“This book offers an anecdotal collection of aircraft attacks on warships in WWII. As such, in some ways it is a throwback to the 1960s-style and is perfectly fine as such.”

The Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

About Martin W Bowman

With well over 100 published books, MARTIN W. BOWMAN is one of Britain’s best-known aviation historians and authors. Specialising in Second World War history and post-war aviation, Martin’s interest in these subjects was driven by the prolific number of RAF and USAAF air bases that were established in his native East Anglia. His previous books have included works such as Legend of the LancasterConfounding the ReichDuxford and the Big Wings, as well as numerous titles in the exhaustive Air War series, which, between them, provide extensive coverage of operations carried out on D-Day and during the Market Garden offensive at Arnhem.

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