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Book Review: Junkers Ju 88 – the Twilight Years

 

Junkers Ju 88 – the Twilight Years by Chris Goss

THIS INTERESTING book by Britain at War regular contributor Chris Goss examines the final service years of the Luftwaffe’s Ju 88 through photographs taken at the time, supported by contemporary captions. Part of the Air War Archive series, it charts the bomber’s use on the Eastern and Western Fronts, and looks at the various roles undertaken, including torpedo operations and reconnaissance work.

I found the ‘latter years’ section particularly fascinating owing to the unusual camouflage schemes illustrated in the book, and the gun camera shots taken by Allied pilots in combat with the type. The final segment is also eye-catching, as it focuses on the ‘Mistel’ composite aircraft combinations. These linked a small, piloted, fighter (an Fw 190 or Bf 109) mounted above an unmanned Ju 88 laden with explosives, the latter being used as a ‘flying bomb’. Previously unpublished photographs on the subject rarely surface these days, so Chris has done extremely well to find so many. Overall, this well produced book has plenty to offer and would be a worthy addition to any collection.

Publisher: Frontline/Pen & Sword

www.pen-and-sword.co.uk

ISBN: 9781473892361

Softback: 200 pages

RRP: £14.99

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