South Pacific Air War Volume 5

Crisis in Papua September – December 1942

Michael Claringbould, Peter Ingman

Volume Five of this series chronicles aerial warfare primarily in the New Guinea theater in the critical period between September and December 1942. It can be read alone or as a continuation of the previous four volumes which span the first nine months of the Pacific War.
Date Published :
March 2022
Publisher :
Avonmore Books
Language:
English
Series :
South Pacific Air War
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9780648926290
Pages : 180
Dimensions : 9.84 X 6.93 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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$48.95

Overview
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Volume Five of this series chronicles aerial warfare primarily in the New Guinea theater in the critical period between September and December 1942. It can be read alone or as a continuation of the previous four volumes which span the first nine months of the Pacific War.

By early September the strategic picture in the theater had changed markedly within just six weeks. From their new Buna beachhead, the Japanese Army commenced a Papuan mountain campaign which threatened the Allied bastion of Port Moresby. Meanwhile the battle for Guadalcanal was raging, with the outcome of the wider Pacific War in the balance.

Against this background a strengthened US Fifth Air Force took the fight to the IJA with direct air support. While this was being conducted by P-39s, P-40Es, A-20As and B-25s, raids by B-17s against Rabaul aided US forces in the neighboring Solomons. RAAF Beaufighters, Beauforts, Bostons, and Hudsons also contributed substantially to these efforts.

At Rabaul, a wide variety of fresh IJN fighter and bomber units poured in the theater, although these became focused mainly on the Solomons. Such were the massive losses experienced, by November the IJN undertook a complete operational and administrative reorganization of its air power. Then, despite a strong reluctance to become involved, the IJA sent an advance reconnaissance detachment to Rabaul, the forerunner of major reinforcements that would arrive in December.

Never before has this campaign been chronicled in such detail, with Allied and Japanese accounts matched together 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.

REVIEWS
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"For the fifth time in this series of five books (so far), it's worth stressing this is a commendable job of blending important strategic and operational knowledge with engrossing details of air combat and telling glimpses of men engaged in a very deadly business."

- Stone & Stone Second World War Books

"...well-written, easy to comprehend, and an excellent source for the aircraft enthusiast or Pacific air war researcher alike."

- Air & Space Power History

"This is one nifty book."

- AMPS Indianapolis

"Filled with great period photos, interesting stories, and some equally superb color profiles and artwork, it is a book that is not only an excellent reference, but a fascinating read as well."

- ModelingMadness.Com

"Avonmore Books continues an amazingly comprehensive and detailed chronicle of the war in the sky of the South Pacific of 1941-1942. Focusing on primary sources, the authors recount not only the air war but also the ground and sea forces of the campaign. An exceptional gallery of photographs and original artwork enhances the text, and smart tables distill thousands of words into easily comprehended data."

- Aeroscale

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