South Pacific Air War Volume 1

The Fall of Rabaul December 1941 - March 1942

Michael Claringbould, Peter Ingman

South Pacific Air War Volume 1 is the first book in a trilogy chronicling the early months of the Pacific War in the lead up to the Battle of the Coral Sea.
Publication date:
November 2017
Publisher :
Avonmore Books
Illustration :
fully illustrated; colour
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ISBN : 9780994588944

Dimensions : 250 X 176 mm
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This volume chronicles aerial warfare in the South Pacific from December 1941 until March 1942, durign which air operations by both sides became a daily occurrence. As Imperial Japanese Navy flying boats and land-based bombers penetrated over vast distances, a few under-strength squadrons of the Royal Australian Air Force put up a spirited fight.

However it was the supreme power of aircraft carriers that had the biggest impact. Four Japanese fleet carriers facilitated the capture of Rabaul over a devastating four-day period in January 1942. The following month, the USS Lexington's fighter squadron VF-3 scored one of the most one-sided victories of the entire Pacific War.

By March 1942 the Japanese had landed on mainland New Guinea, and the scene was set for a race to control Port Moresby. This is the full story of both sides of an air war that could have been won by either incumbent, but for timing, crucial decisions and luck.


To draw on so many threads and weave them together is no easy feat. Putting it in a relatively compact package is rather brilliant.
Flightpath Magazine

An interesting aspect of the book is that - unusually - it also describes the campaign from the Japanese viewpoint.
Flypast Magazine

The two authors are uniquely qualified to tell this story. […] For the modeller there is plenty of colour reference material in profiles etc. supplied as well as some good period photographs of aircraft. All in all, this book is a good read and useful for the modeller. Well recommended.
Model Airplane International Magazine