Volume Eight of the Pacific Profiles series presents the most accurate profiles and histories to date of Imperial Japanese Navy floatplanes which served in the South Pacific theater, throughout New Guinea and the Solomons. The markings of the six floatplane types deployed in the theater are covered: the A6M2-N Rufe, E8N2 Dave, E13A1 Jake, F1M2 Pete, E9W Slim and E7K Alf.
Floatplane operations commenced in January 1942 with the invasion of Rabaul. Later Rufes were often misidentified as Zeros with their presence in the Solomons seemingly ubiquitous. Petes often fought Allied fighters, with other types focused on reconnaissance and occasional bombing missions, sometimes at night. Most floatplane activity had ceased by late 1943, leaving a handful of stay-behinds operating from Rabaul and Kavieng.
Illustrated, unit by unit, are examples of the varied types of markings, camouflage, and tail code systems which appeared on floatplanes assigned to sea tenders, shore, ship and submarine-based units. Each of the 76 profiles cites draws on evidence from color photos, Combined Fleet orders, POW interrogations, technical reports, and post-war wreck surveys. Brief histories of every unit includes their role in the theater and defines the ever-changing markings systems as ordained by Tokyo. Numerous maps and diagrams help the reader understand command structures such as the R-Area Air Force and the 11th Seaplane Tender Division.
Never before have such accurate profiles been presented, most for the first time. The author is world-renown for his expertise in Japanese aerial warfare in the Pacific.
"...features original color illustrations, presents fresh information, and corrects and clarifies longstanding errors perpetuated for decades..." ~Aeroscale
"This is a neat book on Japanese float planes used in the South Pacific during WWII." ~AMPS Indianapolis
"It all makes for a superb reference book for the modeler and enthusiast and well worth the price of admission." ~ModelingMadness.Com
"Claringbould does an excellent job summarizing unit histories and documenting the human elements behind the rendered aircraft and their markings. For those interested in the logistics of Japanese seaplane deployments, aircraft markings, and the units involved in this theatre, this is definitely a solid and succinct reference." ~The Northern Mariner
"...the high point of this volume is the overall appeal of the subject matter combined with numerous interesting facts about the campaigns in the pacific, all packaged in a smooth, attractive presentation." ~Large Scale Planes