Contents Amendments Cover Flying Guns World War II

Development of Aircraft Guns, Ammunition and Installations 1933-45

Anthony G. Williams and Emmanuel Gustin
© 2003

Crowood Press

Hardcover, 336 pages.
ISBN 1 84037 227 3

This page was last updated on 2 June 2011.

Flying Guns World War II became available in bookshops in March 2003. You may have heard that our original publisher, Airlife Publishing, went in administrative receivership in the same month, but volume 1 of the Flying Guns series was still distributed and is being sold normally. Crowood Press has acquired Airlife and is now the publisher of the book.

Flying Guns World War II is now available directly from Crowood. It is also available from Amazon UK and Amazon USA, from Aberdeen Bookstore and many other suppliers.

Originally, it was our intent to write one book, but because of its increasing size this was finally split in three volumes. The second book discusses aircraft armament during World War I and its aftermath, up to 1933, and the third book in the series covers the post-war period.

Tony Williams created a website for his earlier book on heavy automatic weapons, Rapid Fire. Here will be the site for Flying Guns, where you can find a detailed table of contents and description of the book (with a few sample pages), as well as a list of amendments and additions to the book, whenever we find new data or interesting information, or discover errors.

Writing this book has made us well aware that there are still many unanswered questions, and if you have comments, suggestions, criticisms, or an interesting story to tell, you are invited to join the Military Guns and Ammunition forum. You can also reach the authors by e-mail at and

Quotes from Reviews

So, to sum up, the three volumes in this series tell the whole story of the evolution and employment of aircraft guns in the 20th Century and it seems unlikely that there will be much need to add more than a few footnotes in the future. It does this in sufficient detail to satisfy all but a ballistics expert and in the process makes a sharply focused and very valuable contribution to the annals of air power. Highly recommended.
Review by Wing Commander C J Jefford MBE BA, in the RAF Historical Society Journal 32 (2004).

Those wanting good overall coverage of the development of aircraft armament will find all three volumes invaluable. Those with more specialist interests can simply acquire the relevant tome.
Review by Philip Jarrett, in the Aeroplane monthly of September 2004. The three volumes of “Flying Guns” were “Book of the Month” for September 2004.