S u m m a r y
||Soft cover, 131 pages of text.
from Instituto Bibliografico Napoleone
||Italian and English text.
Concise combination of history of the Thunderbolt in Italian service
Reviewed by Mick Evans
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This publication is in soft cover with mainly black and white
photographs with a sprinkling of colour photographs.
The book is printed in the smaller B5 format.
The publication covers the F-47D (this is the post-war designation
for the famous P-47D) Thunderbolt in Italian service and contains many
photographs of the aircraft in service mainly, with 56 Tactical Air
The publication contains 131 pages of Italian and the equivalent
English text with approx 106 colour photographs and 6 colour plates
depicting colour schemes flown by the various squadrons. The range of
aircraft covers some of the early days with Spitfire Mk.IX and Mustang
P-51D aircraft through to obtaining the Vampire and F84 Thunderjet. The
story starts with a brief history of the development of the P-47
Thunderbolt and its development through the war before focusing on the
rebuilding of the Italian Air Force.
A brief history of the build-up using the various aircraft but the
main focus is on the introduction and service of the Thunderbolt.
The colour plates focus mainly on natural metal schemes but as these
are ex USAF aircraft most of them bear the signs of the US nation
insignia removal. Sometimes the text is difficult to follow as the
English text may skip a few pages before continuing. Each photograph
caption is in Italian with the English translation immediately below it.
In summary, this is quite a comprehensive and nicely
illustrated publication and will be a welcome addition to the collection
of any person or modeller wanting good reference detail for the
Thunderbolt in Italian service.
Thanks to I.B.N. Instituto
Bibliografico Napoleone for the review copy.
Review Copyright © 2004 by
Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman
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