Avonmore's Pacific Profiles Vol 14

Author/Artists: Michael Claringbould




$42.95 MSRP from Casemate


Scott Van Aken

Notes: 136 pages, softbound, 111 profiles and dozens of photos.
ISBN: 978-0-645-70047-3

 This latest volume of Pacific Profiles features one of my favorite aircraft, the B-25 Mitchell. Though the A-20 was one of the main types in the SWPA, there were just as many if not more B-25 groups in theater. Units operating in Australia, New Guinea, and the Solomons are covered with the usual treatment provided in other volumes. It is interesting to note that some of these bomb groups only operated the type for a fairly short period of time. The book covers not only USAAF units, but also Dutch, Australian, and USMC squadrons operating in the theater. One thing that most do not realize is that the cannon armed B-25G/H aircraft were not well liked and as soon as possible these planes were modified by the removal of the big gun and the substitution of a pair of .50 cal machine guns.

The book follows a standard format with each of the various units covered in greater or lesser detail, depending on how long they operated the aircraft. Each section shows the squadron's common markings and colors along with a number of great photos and profiles based on those photos as you can see by the example provided on the left. Each full color profile provides information on that particular aircraft. This is where much of the information is derived. No lengthy pilot stories or background history on this as it concentrates on the aircraft and units involved in the conflict. In addition to photos and profiles, you are provided an introductory section on the theater of operations as well as some nice art work, the latter spread throughout the book.

It all makes for a superb reference book for the modeler and enthusiast and well worth the price of admission. I very much like this series and look forward to each new volume. Most highly recommended.

April 2024

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