Pacific Profiles. Volume One

Japanese Army Fighters New Guinea & the Solomons 1942-1944

Michael Claringbould

Volume One of Pacific Profiles presents detailed profiles and descriptions of Japanese Army Air Force aircraft and units operating in New Guinea and the Solomons from December 1942 to April 1944.
Date Published :
September 2020
Publisher :
Avonmore Books
Illustration :
fully illustrated in color
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ISBN : 9780648665915
Pages : 104
Dimensions : 9.84 X 6.93 inches
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The Pacific Profiles series presents the most accurate WWII aircraft profiles to date of Japanese aircraft in the “South Seas” theater.
Volume One illustrates, by unit, Japanese Army Air Force fighter aircraft operating in New Guinea and the Solomons from December 1942 to April 1944. In this theater numerous different aircraft types and their variants were assigned to eleven fighter regiments which formed the 4th Air Army. Unit insignia, camouflage and command markings varied from unit to unit, giving a wide variety of color and markings. The profiles, based on photos, Japanese documents, Allied intelligence reports and post-war wreck investigations, are accompanied by brief histories of the relevant units and explanations of their role in the theater.

The author, Michael Claringbould, is world-renown for his expertise in respect to wartime Japanese aviation. These profiles accurately portray Japanese Army Air Force fighters during this fascinating and esoteric component of the Pacific air war.

About The Author

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


Chapter1     The JAAF in the South Pacific – An Overview
Chapter 2     Technical Notes
Chapter 3     Notes on Markings
Chapter 4     The 1st Hiko Sentai
Chapter 5     The 11th Hiko Sentai
Chapter 6     The 13th Hiko Sentai
Chapter 7     The 24th Hiko Sentai
Chapter 8     The 33rd Hiko Sentai
Chapter 9     The 59th Hiko Sentai
Chapter 10  The 63rd Hiko Sentai
Chapter 11  The 68th Hiko Sentai
Chapter 12  The 77th Hiko Sentai
Chapter 13  The 78th Hiko Sentai
Chapter 14  The 248th Hiko Sentai
Chapter 15  Captured & Restored Aircraft
Chapter 16  Postscript
Sources & Acknowledgements
Index of Names

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