The Empire Strikes South

Japan's Air War Against Northern Australia 1942-45

Tom Lewis

Very few Australians today know of the fierce air battles fought across the Top End of Australia in World War II. For more than two years Japanese aircraft crossed the coast and bombed relentlessly. Savage dogfights were fought between the legendary Zero fighter and Allied Kittyhawks and Spitfires.
Date Published :
April 2017
Publisher :
Avonmore Books
Contributor(s) :
Michael John Claringbould
Language:
English
Illustration :
fully illustrated, color
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9780994588913
Pages : 208
Dimensions : 9.84 X 6.93 inches
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$39.95

Overview
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Very few Australians today know of the fierce air battles fought across the Top End of Australia in World War II. For more than two years Japanese aircraft crossed the coast and bombed relentlessly. Savage dogfights were fought between the legendary Zero fighter and Allied Kittyhawks and Spitfires. Big twin-engine Betty bombers rained down blast and fire upon airfields and towns, even penetrating as far inland as Katherine, some 300 kilometres from the coast. Nearly 200 Japanese aircrew died in the onslaught. This book lists all of their names and describes all of the combat missions – and reveals for the first time that the number of combat flights, aircraft shot down, and aircrew who died is far higher than previously thought. Scores of aircraft were downed in combat operations ranging from Exmouth to Townsville, with the majority of action taking place in the Northern Territory. This new extensive research shows the number of air raids was higher than the previously suggested figure of 64, with 78 raids on the Territory alone, while 209 enemy combat flights were carried out across Northern Australia. 187 Japanese airmen died when their aircraft were brought down. In many cases their bodies lie in remote sites across the vast bush and coastal waters of the north. Many of the wrecks have never been found.

The Empire Strikes South describes all of the aircraft used, and gives an insight into the world of fighter pilots and aircrew. With a full range of new colur graphics by renowned illustrator Michael Claringbould, this significant new research reveals a battle for Australia that has been previously unknown.

About The Author
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Dr Tom Lewis Originally working as a High School teacher, Dr Tom Lewis OAM served as an officer of the Royal Australian Navy where he saw active service in the Middle East. Tom has written nine other history books, with his most recent being Zero Hour in Broome, and Darwin’s Submarine I-124. In 2003 Tom was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for meritorious service to the Royal Australian Navy, particularly in the promotion of Australian naval history.

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

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Acknowledgements
Prologue
Explanatory Notes
Chapter 1. Darwin’s Initial raids
Chapter 2. The Reality of Air Combat
Chapter 3. Northern Australian Defences – A Fused Picture?
Chapter 4. Darwin and the Interior Part 1: 1942
Chapter 5. Darwin and the Interior Part 2: 1943-1944
Chapter 6. Off the Northern Territory’s Coast
Chapter 7. Western Australia
Chapter 8. Queensland
Chapter 9. Conclusion
Appendix 1
Appendix 2
Sources

REVIEWS
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"The Empire Strikes South is full of detailed information cleanly presented. Definitely recommended for anyone who wants to know more about the war in this corner of the world."

- Stone & Stone Second World War Books

"This is a great book for any aviation enthusiast and especially for one who is interested in Australia’s aviation or military history and it’s available at a very competitive price."

- Hylands Bookstore

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