Allied Fighters: Bell P-39 & P-400 Airacobra

South & Southwest Pacific 1942-1944

Michael Claringbould

The Pacific Profiles series presents the most accurate WWII profiles to date of aircraft which served in the Pacific theater. Volume Six covers a dozen USAAF Fifth and Thirteenth Air Force squadrons which operated the Bell P-39 and P-400 Airacobra from April 1942 until March 1944.
Date Published :
March 2022
Publisher :
Avonmore Books
Language:
English
Series :
Pacific Profiles
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9780645246902
Pages : 120
Dimensions : 9.84 X 6.93 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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$42.95

Overview
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The Pacific Profiles series presents the most accurate WWII profiles of aircraft which served in the South Pacific theater.

Volume Six covers a dozen USAAF Fifth and Thirteenth Air Force squadrons which operated the Bell P-39 and P-400 Airacobra from April 1942 until March 1944. They were used in a variety of roles including as fighters, dive-bombers, and strafers. The wide-ranging colorful heraldry and nose art of Fifth Air Force Airacobras is partly explained by the frequent trading of particular airframes between units. Until now there has been a paucity of information about the markings of Thirteenth Air Force Airacobras, and this volume fills much of this wide gap. The first and last Airacobras lost in the theater are illustrated, along with rare markings of a night fighter and a P-39 used by Fifth Fighter Command.

This volume includes the early P-400s through to the P-39D/F/Ks and then the late model P-39N/Qs. The development of markings for each squadron is explained, together with brief squadron histories accompanied with supporting photos. A wide range of reference material was consulted including many rare photos, color movies, official records, diaries, and photos from wreck sites.

The author, Michael Claringbould, is world-renown for his expertise on the Pacific air war. Never before have such meticulous color profiles been illustrated with a full explanation of their markings.

About The Author
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Raised in Port Moresby, Michael Claringbould is a globally recognized expert on the New Guinea air war and Japanese aviation in particular.

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