Meteor I vs V1 Flying Bomb: 1944 - Duel 45 (Paperback)
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Meteor I vs V1 Flying Bomb: 1944 - Duel 45 (Paperback)

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Paperback 80 Pages / Published: 20/10/2012
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A total of 10,500 missiles were launched as part of the V1 attack, of which 3,957 were destroyed by the defences. Indeed, it could have been much worse, for by the end of the war the Germans had manufactured close to 32,000 flying bombs. The defences put forward to guard against the V1 were formidable - 23,000 men and women with their guns, radar and communications networks were installed on coastal sites. Squadrons of Britain's newest Spitfires, the F XIVs, and Hawker Tempest Vs were kept at home to battle the new menace. Rushed into action in July 1944 to help counter the V1 threat, Britain's Gloster Meteor I was the first jet fighter to enter RAF service. On 4 August the Meteor scored its first V1 victory. Having just closed in on a flying bomb, its officer squeezed the trigger but his guns jammed. Using the Meteor's superior speed, he was able to overtake the missile and, using his wing tip, he tipped the craft over and sent it crashing into the ground. The interceptions between the V1 and Britain's Gloster Meteor were historic, and ushered in a new era of aerial combat.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781849087063
Number of pages: 80
Weight: 262 g
Dimensions: 248 x 184 x 8 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Donald Nijboer superbly sets the stage with a brief preface on nascent jet propulsion technologies. A compact chronology, design notes, technical remarks, strategic assessment and Combatant comments follow. Then after two biographic sidebars, Nijboer's effort crests with engaging accounts of V1 interceptions over 1944 Britain." --David L. Veres, www.cybermodeler.com (April 2013)

..".provides a fine in-depth survey of one of Hitler's major offensives against London, and how Britain's Gloster meteor 1 was the first jet fighter used against them. Vintage black and white photos accompany descriptions of combats and victories in a fine survey of the world's first jet-against-jet battle, suitable for military and aviation libraries alike." --James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review (January 2013)

..".another superb read in the Duel series, a series that has really matured over the years. This is one of the better volumes in this reviewer's opinion, and no matter how much you think you know about the subjects, you will learn more. It is a book I can easily recommend to you not only for the way it is written, but also for its excellent choice of period images and pilot stories." --Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness (November 2012)

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