Pen & Sword's Images of War:  US Naval Aviation 1898-1945

Author/Artists: Leo Marriott


Pen & Sword


$22.95 from Casemate


Scott Van Aken

Notes: 174 pages, softcover, 7.5 x 9.5 inches
ISBN: 978-1-52-6785398

This addition to the Images of War series concentrates on US Naval aviation from its experimental beginnings with Langley, until the end of WWII in 1945. As with all the books in this series, is is mostly photos and if you have been around a long time, you will recognize quite a few of the ones here in the book.

The first section is on the early experiments and pioneers which goes through WWI. Next the development of the Navy's aircraft carriers is covered, followed by a section on the use of the ships and advancements between the wars. The next four sections are all related to the WWII years, when Naval aviation came of age.

Included in all the photos are quite a few of lighter than air craft, flying boats and float planes, as well as a nice dose of yellow wing aircraft. As usual, the majority of the information provided comes in the photo captions. The images are well chosen and cover the width of the page. I don't recall any of the images in this series crossing 'the ditch' in the middle of the book and am grateful for that. This sort of editing is not done by people who know what they are doing.

In all, it is a fine inclusion into a popular series and is a book I know you will like.

July 2021

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