The Pacific Profiles series presents the most accurate WWII aircraft profiles to date of Japanese aircraft in the South Seas theatre. 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 theatre 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 colour 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 theatre. 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.
, Osamu Tagaya
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01 July 2020
Professional and scholarly
Introduction 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
Raised in Port Moresby, Michael Claringbould is a globally recognised expert on the WWII South Pacific air war and Japanese aviation in particular.
Reviews for Pacific Profiles Volume 1: Japanese Army Fighters New Guinea & the Solomons 1942-1944
Beyond the appealing artwork Claringbould includes historical background for each unit, plus a few other odds and ends such as a chart showing the timelines of JAAF fighter units deployment in New Guinea. * Stone and Stone *