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Combat Chronicles of the Black Widow (SC) - Squadron Signal Books - SS6701
Combat Chronicles of the Black Widow  (SC) - Squadron Signal - SS6701

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Combat Chronicles of the Black Widow. Book by Warren E. Thompson. Dramatic first-hand accounts by the pilots, radar observers, and gunners who saw combat aboard the first dedicated US night fighter in WWII fill this unique volume, the first in Squadron/Signal's new Combat Chronicles series that brings you action-packed, eye-witness war stories, interviews, and first-hand reminiscences from the front lines. In this volume we hear from the crews who rode the Black Widow into battle all over the world. The outbreak of war in Europe left no room for doubt that the United States needed quickly to come up with a specialized night fighter to confront the totally new face of air combat. Northrop was able to come up with designs for a new, specially designated night fighter and a contract for what was to become the P-61 Black Widow was signed on 11 January 1941. After the first production aircraft rolled off the assembly line in October 1943, the P-61 went on to operate in the European, Pacific, China-Burma-India, and Mediterranean Theaters of the war. Experience WWII as it was seen by the men in the cockpit of this history-making radar-equipped night interceptor. Illustrated with 152 photographs; 112 pages.

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  7 of 7 people found the following review helpful:
Excellent Historical Perspective of the P-61 December 23, 2012
Reviewer: Will Silk from Enola, PA United States  
"Combat Chronicles of the Black Widow" is a book that recounts the history of Northrop's P-61 via the men that flew and maintained America's first dedicated night fighter aircraft.

Broken into 5 chapters based on the theater being represented, all the squadrons that operated the Black Widow are featured and stories that are told from first hand accounts make the history of this amazing airplane become even more alive.

There is a fair mix of color photos amongst the large collection of black and white pictures featured throughout this tome.  The front and rear cover artwork is suitable for framing in my opinion, and the final pages are reserved for a small squadron appendix with basic info pertaining to their histories with the aircraft.

A great book for the aviation enthusiast in general that lends a first hand perspective into just how amazing the men were that flew and supported the incredible P-61 Black Widow in combat.  A highly recommended read.

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