Book Review: Hidden Warbirds II: More Epic Stories of Finding, Recovering, and Rebuilding WWII’s Lost AircraftWar leaves much in its wake. Locating and recovering the detritus of war is the goal of these aircraft restoration enthusiasts. To call them enthusiasts however is to short change them. In Hidden Warbirds II: More Epic Stories of Finding, Recovering, and Rebuilding WWII’s Lost Aircraft, Nicholas Veronico details the skills needed to raise rusting hulks of aircraft from deep waters, hidden swamps and forgotten fields, source needed hardware and engineer them to fly once again. No simple feat. As Veronico details, the process is long and expensive. As detailed in the book’s photographs however, the results are well worth the effort.
This book is far different from most history books. Printed on heavy glossy stock, each page is a joy to read. With 111 color and 5 black and white photographs, the high-quality printing was necessary to bring the photographs to life. Many of the stories provided history of the aircraft and their place in the aviation history of World War II. There is an aircraft recovery-story in Hidden Warbirds II: More Epic Stories of Finding, Recovering, and Rebuilding WWII’s Lost Aircraft from most theaters of war to satisfy. I particularly enjoyed the stories on the ‘Birdcage’ Corsair recovered from Lake Michigan; the JU-88 U4+TK recovery in Norway; and the P-40 recovery in Australia.
I highly recommend this book—it was great fun to read.