South Pacific Air War Volume 2

The Struggle for Moresby, March - April 1942

Michael John Claringbould, Peter Ingman

This second volume chronicles aerial warfare in the South Pacific for the two crucial months of March and April 1942 when a deadly struggle for Port Moresby played out. It can be read alone or as part of a trilogy that culminates in the Battle of the Coral Sea in May 1942.
Date Published :
July 2019
Publisher :
Avonmore Books
Language:
English
Illustration :
fully illustrated, color
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9780994588975
Pages : 232
Dimensions : 9.84 X 6.93 inches
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$46.95

Overview
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This second volume chronicles aerial warfare in the South Pacific for the two crucial months of March and April 1942 when a deadly struggle for Port Moresby played out. It can be read alone or as part of a trilogy that culminates in the Battle of the Coral Sea in May 1942.

The period begins with the stunning 10 March US Navy carrier strike against Lae and Salamaua, which caused the Japanese to pause their advance until their own carriers were available. Instead, they tried to grind the Allied forces at Port Moresby into submission through an unrelenting air assault by their Betty bombers and superlative Zero fighters. After a long wait, Allied land-based fighters finally arrived in the form of Royal Australian Air Force No. 75 Squadron Kittyhawks. These were backed up by a growing collection of United States Army Air Force bombers, including A-24 Banshees, B-17 Flying Fortresses, B-25 Mitchells and B-26 Marauders (the latter two types making their worldwide combat debut over the skies of New Guinea).

Together, this motley force took the fight to the Japanese, resulting in a complex aerial campaign that saw units from both sides reach exhaustion. Never before has such a detailed chronicle of this air war been published, and for the first time the authors match Allied accounts with Japanese records. The result is both thrilling and surprising, with the resulting dispositions of the air forces of both sides setting the scene for the Battle of the Coral Sea in May.

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.

Peter Ingman is an acclaimed military history author specializing in the early Pacific War period.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Introduction
Addendum
Chapter 1 Preparations for the 10 March Attack on Lae and Salamaua
Chapter 2 First Strike! The 10 March Attack
Chapter 3 Zeros Arrive in Lae: 10 – 13 March
Chapter 4 Horn Island: 14 March
Chapter 5 Allied Reinforcements
Chapter 6 No. 75 Squadron Arrives in Moresby: 14 – 23 March
Chapter 7 Last Week of March: 24 – 31 March
Chapter 8 Japanese Plans
Chapter 9 First Week of April: 1 – 7 April
Chapter 10 Second Week of April: 8 – 14 April
Chapter 11 Tainan Kokutai Arrives: 15 - 21 April
Chapter 12 Last Week of April: 22 – 30 April
Chapter 13 Bougainville and the Solomons
Chapter 14 Conclusion
Appendix 1
Appendix 2

REVIEWS
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"It's another exemplary book, and it deserves another glowing review. Readers who appreciated the excellence of South Pacific Air War, volume 1: The Fall of Rabaul will absolutely want to take a look at this very worthy continuation of the story. Readers who haven't seen volume one are strongly urged to take a look at both volumes. Everyone should be scanning the horizon for volume three, and another glowing report."

- Stone & Stone Second World War Books

"Archive sources from both sides have been mined, and very effectively. There are, for example, some very vivid impressions of P-40- versus-Zero dogfights - and, joy of joys, the whole thing is well-written. Pleasing too are the high production values. The paper quality is excellent and image reproduction likewise. The selection of images deserves praise, too - there are very few 'generic image in lieu of anything unit- or theatre-specific' shots here. The multiple pages of colour three-views and side-views that form part of the appendices are superb."

- Aeroplane Monthly

"...well-written, easy to comprehend, and excellent sources for aircraft- and Pacific-war enthusiasts alike."

- Air Power History

"In the multivolume South Pacific Air War, Australian experts Michael Claringbould and Peter Ingman cover the critical battles for the Coral Sea region, with both sides presented in unprecedented detail. A treasure trove of hitherto little-seen photographs are accompanied by maps and color profiles of virtually every aircraft type involved in the fighting."

- Aviation History Magazine

"Fast paced, concise and well-illustrated, this series is a herculean effort."

- Classic Wings

"...excellent. Four stars."

- Aeroplanemonthly.com

"With their thorough research of Allied accounts and Japanese records, the authors have produced a well-written and highly readable trilogy...Aviation historians and modelers will enjoy these books because of the wide variety and type aircraft involved and the informative details provided."

- The Hook

"All together or separately, these unusual books represent a great history of a six-month period whose story has never been told in such detail..."

- The Skyhawk Association Journal

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