A Good Clean Fight (RAF Quartet, Book 2) by Derek Robinson

By Derek Robinson

It's a vintage Derek Robinson tale: 3 teams of fellows converge for a last conflict within the western wilderness in the course of global conflict II. An SAS patrol travels during the Sahara to assault a German airbase; a German intelligence officer units out to settle a private grudge; and the lads from Hornet Squadron (from Robinson's past Piece of Cake) are overhead, devoted to suicidal ground-attack missions to meet their commander. Fast-talking, darkly funny, and stinging.

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By the end of April 1942, Japan’s conquests stretched from the Kurile Islands in the north, across the Central Pacific, with footholds in the Bismarck Archipelago and New Guinea, through the Netherlands East Indies to the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal and to the border between India and Burma. This was an achievement that astonished the Western powers. The IJNAF’s Zero-sen was in the vanguard of the assault. Using the fighter’s exceptional range, the 3rd and Tainan Kokutais flew from their bases in Taiwan to engage American airplanes over Luzon, in the Philippines – a distance of more than 500 miles.

In shortening the wing by around three feet, the Mitsubishi engineers also shortened the ailerons. This combination improved aileron control, roll rates and the fighter’s performance in a dive at higher speeds for a relatively small loss in overall maneuverability and rate-of-climb. com The ammunition feed system for the Type 99-1 cannon was changed from a drum magazine to a belt feed and the number of rounds increased to 100. With both a revised fuselage and a new engine, the A6M3 was designated the Type 0 Carrier Fighter Model 32.

Both forward and rear sections were built using stressed-skin, semi-monocoque construction. 5-gallon fuel tanks, with an additional 38-gallon tank placed ahead of the cockpit. The main landing gear, tail wheel and arrestor hook were all fully retractable. The pilot entered the airplane from the left side of the fuselage via three retractable steps and two handgrips, all carefully fitted for aerodynamic smoothness. Jiro Horikoshi and his team placed the cockpit high on the fuselage to give excellent all-around vision in combat.

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