Fochuk, Stephen M.
Title METAL CANVAS: CANADIANS AND WORLD WAR TWO AIRCRAFT NOSE ART.
Publisher Vanwell, St. Catharines, Ontario, (1999), Ist edition.
Seller ID 14260
191 pp, 4to (11 1/4" h), hard cover in dust jacket. Profusely illustrated with b&w and color photos. "Airplane nose art evolved out of necessity for identifying 'friendlies' from enemy aircraft, which quickly became a powerful means of self-expression for military pilots and their crews. From national insignia, squadron markings and number/letter combinations nose art evolved into more personalized artwork, and individual pilots began sporting colourful, even outrageous schemes. Squadrons often used a special crest or colour scheme to identify aircraft in the squadron. This was an aid to groundcrews as well and helped them prepare to service their incoming aircraft during battle..." Contents: Hurricanes; P-40s; Spitfires; Beaufighters; Colour Panels; Mosquitos; Typhoons and Tempests; Trainers; Wellingtons; Transport; Bostons; Coastal Command and Naval Aircraft; Halifaxes; Lancasters; Mitchells; Liberators; Other Aircraft; Bibliography; Index of Air and Ground Crew. Fine/Fine