Forthcoming Books

As you can see from the website banner, our big book launch for May will be Dambuster Lancaster. This book is NOW IN STOCK!

Dambuster Lancaster

Red Kite are proud to announce the publication of Dambuster Lancaster,  a stunningly illustrated and detailed history of the Type 464 (Provisioning) Lancaster.  Much has been written and published over the years concerning the Dambusters and their attack on the Ruhr dams on 16th/17th May 1943, but the aircraft they flew in remains an enigma.  The Type 464 (Provisioning) as it was technically known was still on the secret list many years after the war and what few photographs exist of the type are dark and not easy to analyse.  Add to this the fact that many of the Type 464 modifications were not officially designed but were developed on the squadron and it is small wonder that there is no comprehensive study of the Type 464 to be found.

Over the years, authors, model makers and artists have consistently repeated the same mistakes and misconceptions regarding the Type  464, leading to most if not all published work to date containing some form of errors.  Now for the first time, readers can explore every aspect of the Dambuster Lancaster both inside and out using a specially commissioned 3D model that has taken over 10 years to complete.

The model is the work of Polish artist Piotr Forkasiewicz who worked with historians, veterans and archives from around the world to construct the most accurate reproduction of a Type 464 ever seen.  Fellow artist and Dambuster historian Mark Postlethwaite agreed to write the text and to delve into the individual histories of all 23 Type 464s, with both artists then working on the overall design of the book.   The result is quite breathtaking.  128 pages full of close up views of the aircraft both in natural metal and camouflage, detailed studies inside the cockpit area, a full exploration of Upkeep and the fusing systems and finally detailed histories of all 23 Type 464s using every known photograph to illustrate each airframe.

 Printed using the highest quality art paper and binding materials, this book is essential reading for any Dambuster enthusiast but moreover is a beautiful and worthy tribute to the aircraft that made history on that night in May 1943.

The book is hardback A4 landscape format, 128 pages printed in colour throughout. RRP is £30.

Two Special Limited Editions are also be available as follows;

Aircraft Special Limited Edition - Limited to 23 copies, each one identified by a serial of a Type 464 to represent all 23.

 

Consisting of - One book: one specially commissioned, 34cm x 34cm, signed limited edition art print by Mark Postlethwaite of ED825: One approx 5cm x 5cm metal airframe fragment of ED825*: One giclee print detailing the particular Type 464 that bore the serial number, with profile and history: Certificate of Authenticity: All in a bespoke collector's box.

These 23 Special Editions ARE NOW being auctioned on ebay in May at a starting price of £125, this seemed to be the fairest way to allow collectors to choose their favourite aircraft. More details via this link;

https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/Ed906-Aj-t-Dambuster-Lancaster-Special-Edition-Book-Boxed-Set/15019291658?_trksid=p2047675.l2644

Airmen Limited Edition - Limited to 133 copies. £75

Consisting of - One book: one specially commissioned, 34cm x 34cm, signed limited edition art print by Mark Postlethwaite of ED825: One approx 5cm x 5cm perpsex fragment of ED825*: Certificate of Authenticity: All in a bespoke collector's box.

  • *ED825 (AJ-T) was the Dambuster Lancaster in which Johnny Johnson attacked the Sorpe Dam as part of Joe McCarthy's crew. The fragments of wreckage were recovered by the publishers during the making of the TV documentary 'Last of the Dambusters' from a field near Doullens, where ED825 crashed on the night of 10th December 1943.

These 133 boxed sets are now available to order from this website but be quick as nearly half have been sold already.

Here are some sample spreads of the book;