I have recently added to my treasure trove by acquiring bound volumes of 'Flight' (not yet 'International') dating from August 1938 through to
October 1941, for the princely sum of £4 the lot!
I haven't had time to read them thoroughly yet, only skimmed through them, but already I have picked up some absolute gems of wisdom, or should I say
For example, I bet you lot never knew that in the Summer of 1940 we were preparing to meet such feared warplanes as the Messerschmitt Jaguar, Heinkel
He 113 and Focke Wulf Fw 198 in combat?
These planes were nothing more than German propaganda, the Jaguar was the Bf 162, a pre war prototype, the He 113 interceptor was really the He 100,
again only a prototype, and the Fw198, a sort of prop driven DH Vampire/Flitzer, didn't exist at all!
This, however didn't stop reports of these aircraft *and pictures* appearing almost every week, including how they were being defeated by the RAF.
There is nonsense such as "the air war is going steadily in the allies favour" in the same issue as photographs of the Dunkirk evacuation.
In features on American types being supplied to the RAF I have 'learned' that the B-17 "is obsolete by the standards of any country and can be
brought down by a single hit".
How about this one? "The Bell Airacobra is a sorry example of mis-placed ingenuity and not nearly so useful as the same company's Airacuda mult seat
Or maybe you prefer; "when updated with British weapons and motors there is hope that one or two American types can be brought up to a useful
This stuff is pure gold and I am loving every bit of it, I have lots of issues to work through but if I find any more real gems I will be sure to let
Also interesting are the planes that I know were around at the time but of which there is no mention at all, planes like the Stirling, Halifax,
Manchester, Beaufighter, Mosquito and Whirlwind must have the blackest of black projects at the time. Likewise there appears to be plenty of
deliberate mis-information, such as the (American sourced) report that enough Hawker Tornadoes had been produced already to equip 20 squadrons, this
model never went past the prototype stage.
If anyone has any questions about how particular events or planes were reported at the time (as opposed to what really happened) I'll look them up