Twin Mustang: The North American F-82 at War by Alan C. Carey

By Alan C. Carey

Probably the most strange and memorable American fighter airplane, the F-82 dual Mustang was once the final mass construction propeller-driven fighter received via the U.S. Air strength. initially meant as a really long-range fighter escort for the Boeing B-29 Superfortress in the course of global battle II, it arrived too overdue to determine strive against and developed right into a evening and all-weather fighter throughout the post-war years. strive against operations within the Korean conflict undefined, besides a number of different dynamic episodes of deployment. This paintings strains the developmental, operational, and strive against historical past of this precise American fighter and lines a hundred and twenty photos and illustrations, a lot of that have by no means been released earlier than. Seven chapters, all largely illustrated, disguise the aircraft’s improvement, descriptions of the versions and sub-types, information of preliminary access into carrier, 3 chapters masking the F-82’s carrier within the Korean struggle, and a last bankruptcy detailing the type’s removing from the Korean struggle Theatre in February 1952, to work out out its operational days within the Alaskan Air Defence Command. An appendix part follows, that includes tables of the various versions, an illustrated checklist of recognized nostril paintings utilized to F-82s, and an access of losses suffered within the Korean warfare. some of these extra information deliver new sights to the preferred photos of battle structure, making for a richer, extra informative interpreting adventure. Focussing on an ignored sort, deployed in a clash frequently side-lined inside of mainstream warfare histories, this e-book deals a far deserved platform upon which to understand this dynamic and immensely attention-grabbing airplane.

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Every patch of above-water ground and every clump of trees were used for defensive positions. High-water tables meant most positions had to be built above ground. Timber fighting positions were built on log rafts and could be moved to better positions if required. Mines could not generally be used. On the Russian steppes, long snow-bank barriers formed defensive lines with firing positions. Dugouts too were set in the snow berms, which were revetted with snow-filled fuel drums and hay bails (as shown here).

In the rear areas spoil would be heaped in parapets. Tents and shelter quarters were pitched in pits and over slit trenches so the occupants slept below ground level and had protection from the sun and nighttime cold. In the frontline and outpost positions, soil was to be removed and parapets not used. This made it extremely difficult to detect fighting positions from even short ranges. If spoil could not be removed it was spread out around the position to a height of no more than 22cm. This usually created a layer of contrasting soil though.

A heavy machine-gun position for a tripod-mounted gun could accommodate the two-man crew plus the squad leader. 33 The light machine-gun position for a bipod-mounted gun could accommodate two men. 43 rocket-launcher position. This weapon was shoulder-fired and served in an anti-armour role. The end points of the ‘V’ (at the bottom of the photo) face away from the enemy. The gunner could fire from either arm of the trench, allowing him a flank shot on passing enemy tanks. The other one or two crewmen would shelter from the back-blast in the opposite arm.

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