Fighter! Ten Killer Planes of World War II
Fighter! Ten Killer Planes of World War II, Jim Laurier, 2016, ISBN 9780760349526, 192 pp.
Art meets history in Fighter! Ten Killer Planes of World War II which is exceptional for its paintings as well as Laurier’s aircraft insight. For each of the chosen WW II Era fighter aircraft Laurier wonderfully paints a few scenes or so readers can vicariously experience the flying, the fighting and field life.
Laurier nicely synthesizes the development of each aircraft type from inception up to the final model with each chief designer named. Aside from the mentioned illustrations a three-view drawing of a particular aircraft as flown by a specific pilot is included along with dual cockpit illustrations (one with labels and one without). Laurier’s research is thorough and references are given as well as personal interviews of famous pilots of these aircraft. The words as well as the art of Fighter! Ten Killer Planes of World War II are intimate yet each aircraft’s creation and history are concisely described in easily read, though richly informative, writing.