Reviewed by Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman
Bomberss of World War Two in Action is available online from
We make fun of them, mock them and usually nominate them for ugliest aircraft
ever produced. But what we don’t do is learn about them. That has not
necessarily been our fault, as there has been a dearth of books, published in
English, on the subject of French bombers of the World War II era.
Alain Pellitier, following upon his well done French Fighters of World War II in
Action, makes an excellent effort to introduce us to the world of French bomber
development on the eve of the Second World War. As we learn in the brief
introduction, French bomber development was too little, too late.
This book, unlike the typical In Action book, gives a brief overview of a number
of aircraft. While coverage is short, the information is well presented, and
gives one the basic background of each of the bombers, including combat service
and foreign use. We are introduced to the following aircraft.
There are some surprises in this slim volume. We learn that the first Allied
bomber to drop a bomb on Berlin in World War II, on June 7-8, 1940, was a Farman
NC.223.4, a twin tailed civilian model named “Jules Verne”, which was pressed
into service with the Aeronavale. There is also the Amiot 351, a sleek twin
tailed bomber that looks as if it were part of post-war Soviet bomber
development. Of course, the reader will not be disappointed, there is that
“ugly” Amiot 143, which looks as if a sight-seeing bus was grafted onto the
bottom of the fuselage.
French Bombers of World War II is a much needed introduction to the variety of
French bomber aircraft of which most of us know so little. I highly recommend
this book not only to modelers who like the less popular aircraft of the Second
world War, but also to all modelers, if for no other reason than to learn about
combat aircraft that will most likely never be produced as a mainstream model.
Now wouldn’t a 1/48 Amiot 143 be a real conversation piece sitting on your
Thanks to Squadron for the review sample.
Review Copyright © 2003 by
Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman
Page Created 17 September, 2003
Last updated 16 September, 2003
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