Pacific Adversaries Volume Three Imperial Japanese Navy vs The Allies

Pacific Adversaries Vol 3 Imperial Japanese Navy vs The Allies


Pacific Adversaries Volume Three Imperial Japanese Navy vs The Allies New Guinea & the Solomons 1942-1944 by M. Claringbould

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Pacific Adversaries Volume 3


This book Volume Three of the Pacific Adversaries series conveys detailed stories of aerial warfare in the South Pacific, chosen because both Japanese and Allied records can be matched for an accurate accounting. Often the actual outcomes are very different to the exaggerated claims made by both sides upon which many traditional histories have relied to date. Further, for each of the chosen stories photographic or other evidence enables an accurate depiction of the aircraft involved.

The collection revisits near forgotten aerial battles fought over WW2 hotspots like Rabaul, Lae, Espiritu Santo, Guadalcanal, Bougainville , the action of Port Moresby's final raid (32nd Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery, Buka Airfield to name a few.

The book concisely defines the aircraft and men who took part in the combat. Answering questions like, So what did Star Trek have to do with a B17E named 'Yankee Doodle' ?

Aircraft depicted included, the famous Beaufighter, A6M2 & M3 Zero, B25 Mitchell, Douglas C47A, Boeing B17E Fortress, J1N1-S, Mitsubishi Betty, Lockheed Lightening P38 G (the famous case of the "Ace in the Day") , Douglas P70 Nighthawks, who could forget the Kittyhawks of 75 Sqn RAAF and RNZAF, Vought Corsair F4 (Baa Baa Blacksheep fame)

The JNAF first appeared in the South Pacific in December 1941 and was at the vanguard of offensive efforts during the course of 1942. Following the bloody Guadalcanal campaign, the JNAF fought a largely defensive war in New Guinea and the Solomons against increasingly powerful Allied forces. Perhaps surprisingly, right through to the end of 1943 the JNAF offered significant resistance to the Allies and never ceded air superiority in the vicinity of its key base of Rabaul. Only in 1944, when units were withdrawn to the Central Pacific and the Philippines, was the JNAF presence in the South Pacific finally wound down to just a token force.

Never before have detailed accounts matched up adversaries so closely and in doing so shine light on key events in Pacific skies so many years ago.

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Book Condition:
Outer Cover on Book:
Soft Cover
Total Pages:
Dimensions in mm :
250 x 176

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