Review: Air Arsenal North America: Aircraft for the Allies 1938-1945 - Purchases and Lend-Lease

The United States certainly lived up to its "Arsenal of Democracy" nickname during World War II, rapidly ramping up to deliver a vast array of armaments ranging from pistols to aircraft carriers to all corners of the world. The American aviation industry in particular turned out aircraft in the thousands for use by Allied nations, and this book provides an absolutely superb accounting of such exports, with in-depth lists of serial numbers, a detailed look at the mechanics of the Lend-Lease system and the British and French Purchasing Commissions worked, and several hundred high quality photographs, including many unique and lesser known types. There are far too many to list entirely, but highlights include:

A P-59A supplied to the RAF for evaluation A Guatemalan P-26A Peashooter

Close up of a Vickers S-gun installation in the nose of a Fortress IIA

A lineup of RAAF Brewster Buffalos, and a shot of a/c AS430 (originally intended for Belgium) in the hands of the A&AEE

An RCAF Liberator fitted out postwar as a transport

A Royal Navy SO3C Seamew

An SBD-3 at Boscombe Down

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The front cover is really attractive, featuring a painting by Keith Woodcock showing a Coastal Command Liberator, RAF Mitchells and A-30 Baltimores at Montreal during the war years.