Scale Aviation Modeller International — February 2018

(Jacob Rumans) #1

Latin America @ War No. 4

Brazilians at War
Brazilian Aviation in the Second World War

AUTHOR: Santiago Rivas
PUBLISHER: Helion & Company
ISBN 978-1-911512-58-5,
FOR M AT: 112pp softback


have previously read of
the Brazilian ground
troops involved in the
Italian campaign of the
Second World War, but not the
aviation contribution, nor the
anti-submarine effort in the
Atlantic. Thus, I found this
a very interesting read on a
relatively obscure subject.
The book opens with a well-
detailed history of military aviation
in Brazil, starting in 1912. The
differing aircraft types used are
illustrated with some 270 photos,
which, beginning in pre-war
days, included US, British, French,
German, and Italian designs.
In 1941, the Brazilian Air Force
was inaugurated as a separate arm,
all the while acquiring a variety

of more modern aircraft. With the
US entering the Second World War
in 1941, Brazil was drawn into the
allied camp, and patrol missions
were managed jointly with the
United States, looking for Axis
submarines that were sinking cargo
vessels. As throughout the book,
the aircraft involved are profusely
illustrated, and quite a few rarely
seen types are shown, such as the
B-18 Bolo, Vultee Vengeance, Martin
Mariner, and Focke-Wulf Weihe.
The engagements with enemy
submarines are listed and the
success rate charted, with several
action photos of the targeted
U-boats included. US-operated
aircraft stationed in Brazil are also
covered, including US Navy Blimps.
Part Three covers operations
with the Brazilian Expeditionary
Force, which arrived in Italy with
a reconnaissance unit equipped
with the Piper L-4H, supporting
the 1st Brazilian Infantry Division

by flying missions correcting
fall-of-shot for the artillery. Also
sent to Italy was the 1st Grupo de
Aviacao de Caca, (1st fighter Group),
which trained with the USAAF
and was initially equipped with

the P-40. On arrival in the United
States, they re-trained on the P-47
that they would use in combat.
As with the previous section, the
missions flown by the Brazilians are
described in detail, and supported
by many photos of the aircraft,
both airborne and undergoing
maintenance. The centrefold section
of the book has colour artwork of
many of the aircraft types, and
also some colour photos from Italy,
including squadron insignia and
maps. The last section consists
of spreadsheets of operations,
results, P-47 Thunderbolt serials
and histories, a list of German
and Italian submarines operating
in Brazilian waters, and lastly,
a list of Brazilian ships lost.
A thoroughly enjoyable read
and recommended. My thanks to
Casemate for supplying the review
Paul Middleton

Gone But Not Forgotten
Defunct British Airlines Since 1945

AUTHOR: Alan Phillips
YEAR: 2017
PUBLISHER: Fonthill Media Ltd
ISBN: 978-1-78155-627-6
FOR M AT: 128 pp softback


his small volume is a
very interesting survey
of a selection of British
airlines that have ceased
operating since the Second World
War. This could be for many
reasons, such as such as financial
problems or takeover by a larger
airline. After a brief introduction,
the airlines covered are shown
in a contents list, which extends
over two pages. The main part
of the book then proceeds in
alphabetical order, with each
airline’s history described and
illustrated with photographs.
They range from the large (e.g.
BOAC), through the larger regional
airlines (e.g. Air Anglia), to the
smaller ones (e.g. Yeadon Airways).
The list includes many famous
names, as well as many others
that may be unfamiliar because
they operated in only one region
with a limited route network.
As the reader would expect, the
photographs, both monochrome
and colour, show a selection of
the aircraft that these airlines

operated. These include the “usual
suspects”, like the Comet, DC-3, or
Viscount, to less-publicised types
like the Airspeed Consul or Vickers
Viking. Even the more familiar
and frequently-photographed
types are often shown here in
less well-known liveries.
There is a treasure trove of
inspiration for the civil aircraft
modeller in this volume, and for
those with even a passing interest
in British civil aviation, it will also
prove a worthwhile purchase.
My thanks to Fonthill Media
Ltd for supplying the review copy.

Monograph Special Edition

Dornier Do 22

AUTHOR: Djordje Nikolic
ISBN: 978-83-65437-61-7,
FOR M AT: 180pp Hardback


his is a brilliant
monograph on a single
aircraft, the Dornier
Do 22. Only 29 examples were
built in Germany, but it was
used by the Yugoslav, Greek,
and Finnish Air Forces. The
design was a two-seat high
wing monoplane with either
fixed undercarriage or floats.
The author starts with a
complete history of Dornier-
Werke, covering its earlier
designs, and includes photos of
the factory sites in Germany and
Italy. Next, the development,
design, and trials of the prototype
Do 22 are covered in detail, with
plenty of photographs, notes,
and the negative points in the
reports and recommendations.
Moving to the production
model, there are lots of photos
showing both the interior and
exterior of the aircraft. There
are also sketches of components
and annotated photos from
the technical manual. There
is so much information here
that you could scratch-build a
model with a complete interior!
Continuing on to their service
life, copious photographic
coverage and descriptions show
the use of the Dornier in the air
forces of Yugoslavia, Greece and

Finland, and the escape of several
Greek and Yugoslav aircraft to
Egypt after the German invasion.
The last section of this
impressive book is made
up of data charts and flight
logs, rank comparison, part
numbers, and even the factory
painting instructions. I was very
impressed that this section even
included instructions for the
exact dimensions of the swastika
used on the Finnish aircraft.
Planet Models, X-otic 72,
and Alpha have all produced
kits of this aircraft, and anyone
wishing to improve on these kits
will be helped by the inclusion
of 1/24 and1/32 scale plans
as separate insert sheets.
For the fan of really obscure
aircraft, this will be an
interesting read; for the model-
maker trying to improve a kit,
it is essential. Recommended!
My thanks to Casemate for
supplying this copy for review
Paul Middleton



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