As a companion to the successful "Luftwaffe Colours 'Sea Eagles'" titles, this bright new book offers the reader a more detailed and varied study of the maritime aircraft and operations conducted by the Luftwaffe against the Allies in World War 2. The Luftwaffe committed a wide range of aircraft to such operations from coastal reconnaissance, with shorter-range and shipboard patrol float planes, to long-range U-boat liaison and transports; for example, the Arado Ar 196 A, Dornier Do 18 and Do 24, Blohm und Voss Ha 138, Heinkel He 115, Junkers Ju 52, the enormous Blohm und Voss 222 Wiking flying boat, and the equally impressive Blohm und Voss 238 - the heaviest aircraft to have flown in the world.The operations of the extensive force included 'shadowing' and long-range protection for U-boats under the auspices of the 'Fliegerfuhrer Atlantik', shipboard operations assigned to the German capital ships, mine-laying, air-sea rescue, torpedo-bombing and transport. David Wadman and Adam Thompson examine in detail the various aircraft used by the Luftwaffe, a popular subject for modellers and historians. Beautifully illustrated using over 220 colour and mono photographs and 15 detailed colour profiles of the specific aircraft types; this is the definitive account of maritime aircraft used by the Luftwaffe.
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Adam Thompson has degrees in Curatorial Management from the University of Canberra and History from the University of Sydney. He is currently enrolled in an honors degree in history (University of New England) with his thesis being the performance of Luftwafffe and Kuestenfliegergruppen anti-shipping operations in western Europe. He has worked at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton and the Peel Heritage Museum in Peel, Canada. He lives in South Wales, Australia.
Raised and educated in Hendon, close to the former RAF airfield, David Wadman quickly developed an interest in military aviation. Subsequently intrigued by accounts of the air battles fought over Britain and Europe, he expanded this interest to include the aerial reconnaissance operations of the Luftwaffe. His first published work, 'AuflkÃƒÂ¤rer Luftwaffe Reconnaissance Aircraft and Units 1935 1945', appeared in 1997, and he has co-authored five titles in the Classic Colours 'Jagdwaffe' series.
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