I finished my copy of this book yesterday. Very well done to all involved. Certainly some amazing detail about the acquisition, operation and maintenance of our Corsairs. So much I didn't know about our Corsairs and some fascination options for modelers. Very sobering to read the accidents during training and on operations plus the combat losses. Highly recommend.
The Auster should be recognised for what it is: a gentleman's aerial touring carriage and a nice aeroplane.
Post by Dave Homewood on May 25, 2021 15:23:35 GMT 12
I just received my copy of the new Ventura Publications book Pacific Corsair, which I purchased via TradeMe the other day. There's a surprisingly huge amount packed into it. It's a softcover book, and has 134 glossy pages, with loads of very nice photos. Whilst I am familiar with most of the photos as I have been a big fan of the RNZAF Corsairs for years, some of the photos I have never seen before. There are also lots of coloured side-view drawings of aircraft.
Ventura's books are normally nicely done but this one is a step up again. I am sure the information within will be good quality too, considering it was written by long-time RNZAF historians Robert Montgomery and David Duxbury. Based on my first glance through it, I reckon it will make a great companion to Warren Russell's Corsair book, which I have enjoyed pulling off my bookshelf and reading or consulting many hundreds of times over the years.
FWIW: As a 'Corsair' fan of many years, I had high-expectations of this volume and certainly found it to be very informative.
I believe however that it could have been so much better.
Where (for example) were the Maps of the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) combat area where the Corsair served, or of Japan, even perhaps of New Zealand - if only to locate places named in the text, or an Index (a feature which would have been helpful in locating the various pilots named within the volume) or even a list of the airframes and their ultimate fates; things which, because of the comprehensiveness of the coverage, I would have expected to be included as a matter of course. And why, when the focus was on a specific type of aircraft and it's service with a particular air arm, was it deemed necessary to include a five-page biography of the author within the volume; a biography of this size being something which is extremely unusual for any book and which IMHO contributed little to the narrative. Given that biographies are usually very short ( three succinct paragraphs at maximum), it is perhaps unfortunate that four of it's pages could not have been used to include the aforementioned Maps, Index, Airframe list etc.
As already stated, this is a very informative work, but IMHO it could have been better; the potential was certainly there.
On the basis of the above, I'd give it a six out of ten.