SMI Library Series No 5 P-47 Thunderbolt with the USAAF – European Theatre of Operations Tomasz Szlagor
84 pages
93 grayscale photos

12 colour photos

4 painting schemes

decals in 3 scales 1:32, 1:48, 1:72

Format (sizes): (205x275 mm)

Booklet binding

SMI LibraryNo 6  B - 25 J "Mitchell". In Combat over Europe (MTO)

This unique photo album contains numerous B-25J „Mitchell” photographs showing this particular B-25 version participating in air campaign in the skies over southern Europe (MTO). You will find 140 photos including 36 in colour published on 80 pages. All images are captioned with author’s descriptions both in English and Polish. Many of the photographs presented here have never been published before. Another interesting feature of this album worth attention highlights participation of Polish fliers among bombing crews. Moreover this publication includes not only 4 outstanding B-25J colour profiles painted by Janusz Światłoń but also extremely rare decal sheet with individual markings for the following planes: B-25J-2 “MMR” – (Margaret Mary Rustin) – s/n 43-27751 – nr 50, B-25J-2 „Paper Doll” s/n 43-27473 – nr 73, B-25J-2 „My Naked Ass!” s/n 43-27704 – 7A.

• 80 pages
• 197 black and white photos
• 36 colour photos
• 4 color profiles of the 16 throws + nose arts
• Mate coated paper
• Soft cover binding
• Decal sheet

SMI LibraryNo 7  P-47 Thunderbolt with the USAAF in the MTO, Asia and Pacific

Tomasz Szlagor   P-47 Thunderbot’s service outside western Europe, in three other major theaters of World War II – the Mediterranean, Asia and Pacific – although perhaps not as publicized, was no less colorful and varied, which makes it an excellent subject for a photo-story. During the long campaign in Italy, Thunderbolt was the best air interdiction aircraft the Allies had; pitted against German and Italian fighters, it proved more than a match. In the Pacific, Thunderbolt easily held its own against Japanese fighters over New Guinea, and later over Japan’s Home Islands. Armed with ‘fire bombs’, bazookas and other ordnance, it earned distinction as close air support aircraft during the invasion of Marianas. Also in China-Burma-India theater the P-47 excelled both as fighter and fighter-bomber, with the renowned Air Commandos, among other units.  96 pages,  130 black and white photos, 6 colour photos

SMI LibraryNo 8 B-17 Flying Fortress in Combat over Europe

 The B-17 Flying Fortress epitomized the American airpower for most of the Second World War. It was by far the most effective weapon to carry out the strategic, daylight bombing campaign in Europe. The battles fought by B-17 crews during raids on such tough targets as Schweinfurt, Berlin or Ploesti were nothing short of epic. The combined effort of the two US Army Air Forces, 8th and 15th, stationed in England and Italy respectively, eventually denied the enemy the means to wage war and sealed the fate of the European Axis powers and their allies.  92 pages  130 black and white photos 11 colour photos

SMI LibraryNo 9  Grumman F6F Hellcat vol. I  

Grumman F6F Hellcat was one of the best fighter aircraft of the World War Two era and the most effective fighter of the US Navy. There is no doubt that Hellcats won complete air superiority for the Americans over the vast areas of the Pacific, largely contributing to the victory over Japan. Volume One presents this legendary fighter in its first year of operational service – from the combat debut over Marcus Island and the Solomons in August 1943 until the end of the Marianas operation in late summer 1944. By then Hellcats participated, among others, in air strikes on Rabaul, Wake, Kwajalein and Truk, and supported the invasion of Tarawa in Gilbert Islands. The culmination of the Hellcats’ first year of service with the US Navy came about during the Marianas invasion in June 1944, when they took part in the First Battle of Philippine Sea. This largest aerial and naval battle in the Pacific to date broke the backbone of the Japanese Navy, and the Hellcats won such a tremendous victory in the air that the battle was aptly nicknamed the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot.  Throughout the war the only foreign user of Hellcats was Great Britain, receiving first aircraft in March 1943. Until late 1944 the Royal Navy Hellcats operated mainly in northern European waters and in the Mediterranean, participating in several air strikes on German battleship Tirpitz moored in Norwegian fiords, supporting Allied landings in Normandy and southern France, and joining operations in the Aegean Sea.96 pages 135 photos 5 color photos

SMI Library No 10 Tomasz Szlagor -Curtiss P-40 Warhawk ( Tomahawk/Kittyhawk)

Curtiss P-40, known to Americans as Warhawk, and to their allies of the British Commonwealth as Tomahawk and Kittyhawk, fought on nearly all fronts of the Second World War, serving with the American, British, Australian, New Zealand, South African, Canadian, Free French, Chinese, Dutch and Soviet air forces. The American Warhawks were part of as many as nine US Army Air Forces stationed overseas: the 5th (Australia, New Guinea, Philippines); the 6th (Central America); the 7th (central Pacific); the 9th (Middle East, North Africa), the 10th (India, Burma), the 11th (Alaska, Aleutians), the 12th (North Africa, Italy); the 13th (the Solomons); and the 14th (China). During the first years of the war the P-40 helped the Allies stem the offensive of the Axis powers and fight them back at the last-ditch defensive positions, like Kunming in China, Port Moresby on New Guinea, Darwin in Australia or El Alamein in Egypt. Never a high-performance fighter, it nonetheless proved a potent weapon in capable hands. Often turned into a fighter-bomber in later years, it soldiered on until phased out in favor of more advanced designs. 88 pages 115 archival photos  6 color photos

SMI Library No 11 P-51/F-6 Mustangs with the USAAF – European Theater of Operation

The North American P-51 Mustang powered by the British-designed Rolls-Royce Merlin/Packard engine was, quite simply, the best long-range escort fighter of the World War Two era. Entering service in November 1943, it curtailed prohibitive losses suffered by the heavy bombers of the US Eight Army Air Force which carried out the strategic daylight bombing campaign against the Third Reich. In the European Theater of Operations the USAAF also deployed Mustangs, with great success, as free-ranging strafers, fighter-bombers, scouts and reconnaissance aircraft. Eventually, it was the P-51 that broke the backbone of the Luftwaffe.  88 pages, 131 archival photos,  14 color photos

SMI Library No 12 P-51/F-6 Mustangs with the USAAF – in the MTO, Asia and Pacific

North American P-51 Mustang, famed for its service in the US Army Air Force as a long-rage escort fighter over western Europe, was no less successful in the other three major combat areas of World War Two: the Mediterranean, the China-Burma-India and the Pacific Theaters of Operations
88 pages, 133 black and white photos, 7 colour photos

96002  Messerschmitt Bf 109 E. The Blitzkrieg Fighter

The latest addition to the ‘Monographs Special Edition’ series is devoted to the Messerschmitt Bf 109 E. This new book gives not only a thorough insight into the development, variants, technical features and camouflage of the ‘Emil’, but also an excellent overview of the aircraft’s service with the Luftwaffe. Packed with period photos, colour profiles and scale drawings, this title is a perfect guide for aviation modellers.  188 pages,  212 archive photos,  colour profiles of 44 aircraft, 31 sheets of 1/48 and 1/72 scale drawings

96003 Messerschmitt Bf 109 Early Versions
The monograph devoted to the early versions of the Messerschmitt Bf 109, the most famous WW2 German fighter, discusses its origins and development with coverage of changes made in its first prototypes, A-D variants and their sub-variants. The combat use of the aircraft in the Spanish Civil War, Polish campaign and Phony War is thoroughly described with many first-hand accounts included. The book also features short chapters on Bf 109 Ds in Swiss service and camouflage and markings of early Bf 109s. 192 pages, 108 archival photographs, 103 renders, 18 painting schemes, 32 pages sheet of scale drawings

96004 Horten Ho 229

Aircraft described as flying wing have aroused interest of the designers since the early, pioneer years of aviation. This definition is used to describe aircraft with specific design solutions, allowing for resignation from conventional vertical and horizontal empennage and primarily from conventional fuselage. Virtually the whole airframe comprises only the wing, housing both the cockpit and powerplant. A sub-group of flying wings are tailless aircraft, differing from the traditional designs only in lack of horizontal empennage.  280 pages, 126 archival photographs, 300 renders, scale drawings 1/72, 1/48, 1/32  Hardcover

96006 Messerschmitt Bf - 110

 Even if they failed to encounter the enemy, every one of their sorties amounted to a brush with death. There were many dangers for Luftwaffe night fighters to contend with; hazardous weather conditions, fog rolling out of nowhere, return fire from the British bombers, enemy night fighters at work over German airfields and simple fatigue could all lead to tragedy. One of the men who survived all of this was Ofw. Kurt Bundrock. Born on 2nd February 1917 in Berlin, Bundrock flew as Bordfunker (radio operator) with NJG 1’s ace Hptm. Reinhold Knacke (44 night victories). 240 pages, 360 pictures, 60 colour profiles, 3 double-sided A3 sheets with colour profiles, hardcover

96007 Yakovlev Yak-1 Vol. II

180 pages,  280 archival photos,  30 sheets of A4 model making plans ,  double B2 sheet with drawings sheets, Hardcover

96008 Messerschmitt Bf 109 F

 The monograph devoted to the ‘F’ variants of the Messerschmitt Bf 109, the most famous WW2 German fighter, discusses its development, process of testing the prototypes and serial production. Each variant is specified and comprehensively described. Afterwards, the book features the combat debut of Bf 109 F on the Western Front and the missions of Jagdgeschwader 2 & 26 over English Channel, South East England and France, during which their ‘Friedrichs’ acted as fighters and fighter-bombers.  260 pages,  221 archives photos,  20 drawings sheets A4, scales: 1/72, 1/48, 1/24, 1/12,  10 color profiles (18 views),   Hardcover