South Pacific Air War Volume 4

Volume 4 - Buna & Milne Bay, September 1942

Michael Claringbould, Peter Ingman

Volume Four chronicles aerial warfare in the South Pacific in the critical period between 19 June and 8 September 1942. It can be read alone or as a continuation of the first three volumes that spanned the first six months of the Pacific War, culminating in the Battle of the Coral Sea.
Date Published :
January 2021
Publisher :
Avonmore Books
Illustration :
fully illustrated, color
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9780648665977
Pages : 200
Dimensions : 9.84 X 6.93 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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$48.95

Overview
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Volume Four chronicles aerial warfare in the South Pacific in the critical period between 19 June and 8 September 1942. It can be read alone or as a continuation of the first three volumes that spanned the first six months of the Pacific War, culminating in the Battle of the Coral Sea.

Unlike the previous three volumes, no aircraft carriers appeared in New Guinea waters. Instead, the air war was fought solely by land-based air units. This was in the face of an increasingly complex strategic situation that saw the Japanese land at both Buna and Milne Bay. For the first time, airpower in the theater was tasked to support the land forces of both sides which became engaged in a bloody struggle in the mountains of Papua and then the narrow muddy quagmire of Milne Bay.

Two veteran Japanese air groups, the Tainan and No. 4 Kokutai, continued their Herculean struggle against mounting Allied opposition. In the face of continued attrition, Japanese pilots had many notable successes including several coveted aerial victories against B-17s. Then, from August a plethora of fresh Japanese units arrived in theater including the No. 2, No. 6, Chitose, Misawa and Kisarazu Kokutai.

USAAF P-39s and RAAF P-40Es responded with low level close support missions and B-25s, B-26s and B-17s ramped up an unrelenting bombing campaign. Towards the end of the period A-20A strafers made their combat debut, portending a radical blueprint for future attack tactics in the theater.

Never before has this campaign been chronicled in such detail, with Allied accounts matched against Japanese records for a truly factual account of the conflict.

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
Chapter 1 Overview
Chapter 2 Night Raids: Regional Operations 19-30 June
Chapter 3 Independence Day: Regional Operations 1-7 July
Chapter 4 The Lull Before the Storm: Regional Operations 8-20 July
Chapter 5 Buna Landing: New Guinea 21-31 July
Chapter 6 Target Townsville: Solomons & North Queensland 21 July–1 August
Chapter 7 150 Bombers Destroyed! New Guinea 1-8 August
Chapter 8 D-Day: The Solomons 1–8 August
Chapter 9 Prelude: Milne Bay 4-22 August
Chapter 10 Buna Resupplied: New Guinea 9-22 August
Chapter 11 Emergency: Milne Bay 23 August - 8 September
Chapter 12 Tainan Ku Annihilated! New Guinea 23 August – 8 September
Chapter 13 Conclusion
Appendix 1 Allied Aircraft Losses & Fatalities
Appendix 2 Japanese Aircraft Losses & Fatalities
Appendix 3 Cumulative Losses
Sources
Index

REVIEWS
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"The fourth in Michael Claringbould and Peter Ingman’s detailed and profusely illustrated series about air combat in the South Pacific focuses on the first of Japan’s forays into the region in which aircraft carriers played no supporting role."

- Aviation History Magazine

"This book is a detailed examination of the Allied and Japanese air war sourced from log books and official reports. Claringbould and Ingman use their quality writing skills to transform these sources into a book that cross-checked the accounts of successes and failures"

- Air Power History

"This book pretty much covers all the action in the South Pacific during WWII."

- AMPS Indianapolis

"...these volumes form a remarkable account of the air war. I can see a multitude of one-off scenarios for the tabletop, not to mention a nice, umpire-directed mini-campaign."

- Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

"Michael Claringbould's color side profiles and color illustrations add a lot to the period black and white photographs to this tale. This was an easy read over four nights that was hard to put down."

- IPMS/USA

"Filled with great period photos, interesting stories, and some equally superb color profiles, it is a book that is not only an excellent reference, but a fascinating read as well. What is even better is that is is not the usual US-centric history but covers Australian forces, which did the majority of the fighting in this theater during this time. It is a book that I most highly recommend."

- ModelingMadness.Com

"...another outstanding contribution to a full understanding of aerial warfare in the theater, skillfully integrating information from the Allied perspective with less familiar material from the Japanese point of view."

- Stone & Stone Second World War Books

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