Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
"C-47/R4D Units" may be ordered online from Squadron.com
title, translated it is C-47/R4D Units of the European Theatre of Operations and
Mediterranean Theatre of Operations. The book is number 54 and the latest
addition to Osprey Publishing's Combat Aircraft series. The title is a bit of a
misnomer and it should really read U.S.
of the ETO and MTO as it concentrates on the USAAC/USAAF and US Navy.
There is no
doubt that the C-47 Dakota (just one of the many designations and names borne by
the Douglas built machine) has been one of the most outstanding aircraft ever
built. It has enjoyed a long, long life in both peace and war.
book from Osprey deals with a very small part of its wartime history. It
describes its use in both the European and Mediterranean theatres of operation.
logically and chronologically laid out and the reader is initially treated to a
potted history to the origins of the both the C-47 and the creation of the
USAAC's Air Transport Command.
out of the way, the author launches into the combat use of the machine and the
operations it took part in. The text is a mixture of the "overall picture" and
first hand accounts by the people actually who took part in the operations. To
be truthful, the text is a little dry but then again, the book deals with the
facts and is not a work of fiction.
comprises eight chapters, two appendices and eleven pages of colour profiles.
and appendices are:
How the aircraft came to be. Service Background. New
Missions and Aircraft. The Rise of Air Transport Command. Naval Air Transport
Service. The Airborne Mission. 1 Troop Carrier Command
North Africa. Egypt. Operation TORCH. Tunisian
Operation LADBROOKE. Operation HUSKY I. .
Operation HUSKY II. Operation Fustian. After Sicily. Operation
GIANT I – IV. C-47s in the MTO. Anzio.
D-Day Missions. Poor Drop Accuracy. CO's Experiences.
C-47 Special Operations. Operation MARKET-GARDEN.
MTO Operations 1944-45. Operation VARSITY. Varsity
Veteran. Victory in Europe. Immediate Post-War Operations. Conclusion.
Appendix 1: USAAF/USN C-47 Units in ETO/MTO.
To me, the contents of this appendix are very valuable. It lists the entire
Order of Battle, not only who they were but where they were based and when.
It is very comprehensive (six pages) and lists Army as well as Navy units.
Appendix 2: The Aircraft. Another valuable
appendix. It provides a table on the codes worn each squadron as well as
information on other distinguishing markings and colours.
previously mentioned, there are eleven pages of colour profiles – thirty
profiles in all (by Chris Davey) with a further page devoted to the upper wing
markings worn by the 92nd and 94th Troop Carrier Squadrons. The captions to
these colour profiles are contained on four pages with the introduction page
carrying notes on the general camouflage scheme worn by the C-47 as well as
colours/markings worn for specific operations.
The book is
well illustrated with 93, black white photos and four maps. There are also
three pages of line drawings of the C-47 to 1/96 scale. To be truthful, the
photographs are of a general nature but then again this is a history type book
not a modelling walk-around.
itself has 96 pages printed on glossy paper between thin cardboard covers and is
the same size as the Aircraft of the Aces series also produced by Osprey.
As far as
I'm concerned, this is a great reference book as well as record of the C-47's
combat use in the MTO and ETO and is worth the price being asked by Osprey.
did I put that Monogram 1/48 scale C-47?
Osprey Publishing for the review
|C-47/R4D Units of the
ETO and MTO
(Combat Aircraft 54)
Author: David Isby
Illustrator: Chris Davey
US Price: $19.95
UK Price: £12.99
Publish Date: January 13, 2005
Details: 96 pages; ISBN: 1841767506
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