Waterstones Luftwaffe Mistel Composite Bomber Units

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Description: The striking appearance of Luftwaffe's Mistel Composite attack aircraft might seem ridiculous to modern eyes, but employed correctly, these original 'fire and forget' weapons were devastatingly effective, as Allied sources testify. This book draws on a wealth of first-hand reports and revealing contemporary photographs to tell the full, strange story of the Mistel units. They were the product of a remarkable mix of desperation and innovation, and were actually grounded in a pre-war, non-military practise - the mounting of one aircraft atop another was initially conceived to extend the ranges of passenger and mail-carrying aircraft. But as early as 1942, German planners saw the potential for use as a guided missile, and by the end of the war, the sight of a Ju-88 lashed to a BF 109 or FW 190 fighter bearing down on an Allied target was not as rare as one might expect. This is a comprehensive account of the Mistel units, from their design and development, through the first deployments at D-Day, to the last, desperate missions against key bridges on the Oder and the Neisse in the final weeks of the war. Waterstones Luftwaffe Mistel Composite Bomber Units - shop the best deal online on thebookbug.co.uk

 

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Product ID: 9781472808462

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ISBN: 9781472808462

 
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Author: Trubshaw

Rating: 5

Review: I like another reviewer bulked at the price asked for the second hand Mistel book by Robert Forsyth published by Midlands (£125-£200) so I bought this book and the Schiffer book by Hans Peter Dabrowski - I paid £9 for the Osprey and £5 for the Schiffer (I have reviewed also on Amazon). This book is a much better summary of the introduction of the Mistel idea, its development into a guided missile and its operations. One gets I suppose a cut down book of those items from the earlier book by Robert Forsyth and the narrative is extremely readable and interesting. Chaper 1 "Flying machines" details development of Gliders with a single seater on top. Chapter 2"Beethoven" is a detail of the development Ju the 88 based flying bomb including the use of French ships for target practice. Chapel 3 "An inauspicious debut" details early operation and one successful strike against the Frigate HMS Nith. Chapter 4 "the dragons lair" details KG200 early operations and includes plenty of personal recollection and individual photos. Also a nighttime interception by a Mosquito in related with photo of mosquito Chpares 5 "Iron Hammer" and Chapter 6 "Battles at the Oder and Vistula" document the ever desperate attempts to deploy the weapon with often fatal results for the crews and little to show for it in terms of results with a few exceptions. The intermingling of personal accounts and analysis of the situation by the author is well done. The real plus is the 12 colour profiles which are well chosen and well captioned including RLM paint numbers (should be standard in my view)

 

Author: Mr C C Clay

Rating: 3

Review: satisfactory, but a bit of a disappointment. Expected information on Ta154 Mistel and there is no mention.

 

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