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The Royal Navy at Dunkirk Isle of Sheppey in the Great War The Great War Illustrated 1917

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Somalia Kings of the Sea The History of the Port of London

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Gaiseric The Siege of Sevastopol 1854 – 1855 Dien Bien Phu

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More new releases: P&S Transport
Railway Renaissance Isle of Man Transport: A Colour Journey in Time The German Pacific Locomotive

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Railway Developments Around Leeds and Bradford since 1968 The L.B.S.C.R. Brighton Atlantics The Classic Car Adventure

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On this day in aviation history – 75 years on

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On 21 September 1942, the US B-29 Superfortress made its debut flight in Seattle, Washington. It was the largest bomber used in the war by any nation.

Further reading: B-29: Superfortress – Giant Bomber of World War 2 and Korea by Graham Simons. The Boeing B-29 Superfortress was a four-engined heavy bomber flown primarily by the United States in World War Two and the Korean War. The B-29 remained in service in various roles throughout the 1950s. The British Royal Air Force flew the B-29 and used the name Washington for the type, and the Soviet Union produced an unlicensed copy as the Tupolev Tu-4. The name “Superfortress” was derived from that of its well-known predecessor, the B-17 Flying Fortress. The B-29 was the progenitor of a series of Boeing-built bombers, reconnaissance aircraft, trainers and tankers including the variant, B-50 Superfortress.

The B-29 was one of the largest aircraft to see service during World War Two. A very advanced bomber for its time, it included features such as pressurized cabins, an electronic fire-control system and remote-controlled machine-gun turrets. Though it was designed as a high-altitude daytime bomber, in practice it actually flew more low-altitude nighttime incendiary bombing missions. It was the primary aircraft in the American firebombing campaign against Japan in the final months of World War Two, and carried the atomic bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Unlike many other World War Two-era bombers, the B-29 remained in service long after the war ended, with a few even being employed as flying television transmitters. The type was finally retired in the early 1960s, with 3,960 aircraft in all built. Without doubt there is a clear, strong requirement to ‘put the record straight’ using primary source documentation to record the undoubted achievements alongside and in context with the shortcomings to the type’s design and operation that have otherwise received scant attention.

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