C-47/R4D Units of the Pacific and CBI

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C-47 is an aircraft that remains a popular favourite and an acknowledged classic design, carrying out missions every bit as strategically important and as dramatic for the aircrew as those of the fighters and bombers. The C-47's wartime operations paved the way for post-war military air transport. It also demonstrated how the USAAF was able to invest in and carry out a mission that it had not devoted much time to preparing for in terms of pre-war doctrine (in contrast to strategic bombing). In addition to linking...

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C-47/R4D Skytrain Units of the Pacific and CBI

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Overview

C-47 is an aircraft that remains a popular favourite and an acknowledged classic design, carrying out missions every bit as strategically important and as dramatic for the aircrew as those of the fighters and bombers. The C-47's wartime operations paved the way for post-war military air transport. It also demonstrated how the USAAF was able to invest in and carry out a mission that it had not devoted much time to preparing for in terms of pre-war doctrine (in contrast to strategic bombing). In addition to linking theatres (by flying across 'the Hump'), it showed how vital it was to operations within a theatre like New Guinea. Even if massed airborne invasions were not carried out in the PTO/CBI, all air arms need transports like the C-47.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A specific, important title military collections will relish." -California Bookwatch (July 2007)

"David Isby has done a superlative job of piecing together what really is quite a complex history of those units that operated in the Pacific... This unique title is also ably illustrated by Chris Davey, who provides 11 pages of superb color profiles. There is material that will stir the building juices of any eager modeler. When you combine the superb prose, oustanding profiles and some of the best period photos around, this makes a book that you simply must have." -Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846030468
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/27/2007
  • Series: Combat Aircraft Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 802,777
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

David C Isby is an experienced author, having written or edited 20 books (including OSPREY Combat Aircraft 54 - C-47/R4D Units of the ETO/MTO) and over 350 articles in journals such as Janes's Intelligence Review and Air Force Monthly. His work on World War 2 military aviation includes Jane's At the Controls - The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress (London, 1999, Harper Collins) and editing three volumes of Luftwaffe accounts. He is an experienced pilot (and son of a USAAF C-47 navigator). The author lives in Virginia, USA.

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Table of Contents


Development and Early War Service     6
New Guinea 1942-43     17
CBI 1942-44     25
Pacific Theatres 1942-44     48
New Guinea and the Philippines 1944-45     56
CBI 1945     67
Victory 1944-46     73
Appendices     79
Colour Plates Commentary     91
Index     96
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