Volume Three illustrates, by squadron, USAAF Fifth Air Force A-20 series medium bombers operating in New Guinea from July 1942 to the end of 1944. In this distant theater, a dozen USAAF A-20 squadrons from the 3rd, 312th and 417th Bombardment Groups, joined by No. 22 Squadron, RAAF, used many variants of the A-20, mainly as strafers. Squadron insignia, camouflage, heraldry, nose-art and command markings varied significantly between squadrons, giving a wide variety of color schemes. The profiles, based on photos, diaries and other wide-ranging documents, are accompanied by brief histories of each squadron, the development of respective heraldry and information on each aircraft profiled.
The author, Michael Claringbould, is world-renown for his expertise in respect to the A-20 in the Pacific, stemming from his direct involvement in locating and recovering one from New Guinea in 1984. These rare profiles, many appearing for the first time, accurately portray the A-20 during this captivating timeframe of the South Pacific air war.
"Within these chapters are numerous wartime photos, nose art photos, and color profiles with seprate nose art renderings...highly recomended." ~Air Classics
"It has the usual and excellent color aircraft profiles -- 100 of them, almost all A-20s." ~Historical Miniatures Gaming Society
"This book is an absolute gem for anyone interested in Pacific A-20 operations. It's chocked full of information and color aircraft illustrations, much more so than books several times this size." ~IPMS/USA
"...a superb reference book for the modeler and enthusiast." ~ModelingMadness.Com
"...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