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De Havilland Mosquito, Vol. 1 by Ron MacKay

6 January 2020

De Havilland Mosquito, Vol. 1: The Night-Fighter and Fighter-Bomber Marques in World War II, Ron MacKay, 2019, ISBN 978-0-7643-5820-3, 112 pp.

De Havilland Mosquito, Vol. 1: The Night-Fighter and Fighter-Bomber Marques by Ron MacKay

“If it’s by Ron MacKay it’s gold.” That is what I heard from aviation author Nick Veronico (several of his books, all excellent, have been reviewed in this blog) when I was discussing the coming review of this title.

And Nick is absolutely correct!

Through photos and fat captions MacKay details the loved “Mossie” in its night fighter and fighter-bomber variants including with the Royal Navy and its evolution into the Hornet as well as Sea Hornet. Those unfamiliar with this paradigm setting aircraft will easily get well acquainted with de Havilland’s revolutionary design (one of the very few bomber designs that could successfully defend itself by use of speed and altitude). Those familiar with the “Wooden Wonder”—as the airframe and wings were made of various wood varieties—will be pleased to see all manner of photos detailing the aircraft in its multitude of variants as well as missions. MacKay’s body text compliments the captioning and is used to open each of the book’s twelve chapters.

MacKay does not consume pages with the raw data of production runs and aircraft numbers as there are other texts for that historical information. He does use the pages to stock his book with photo upon photo with each being pertinent, entirely nonderivative, and in combination with fully descriptive captions. Images and full captions—an excellent formula for giving specific subject matter particular attention in an easily understood way—done well by MacKay.

De Havilland Mosquito, Vol. 1 is another superb book in the Schiffer Military series Legends of Warfare. MacKay, a great author who admirably tells much of the Mosquito’s story and contribution to World War II with Volume 1 and Volume 2 is now eagerly awaited.

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