Fire in the Sky: The Air War in the South Pacific / Edition 1

Fire in the Sky: The Air War in the South Pacific / Edition 1

by Eric M Bergerud
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813338697

ISBN-13: 9780813338699

Pub. Date: 04/28/2001

Publisher: Basic Books


In the first two years of the Pacific War of World War II, air forces from Japan, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand engaged in a ruthless struggle for superiority in the skies over the Solomon Islands and New Guinea. Despite operating under primitive conditions in a largely unknown and malignant physical environment, both sides employed the most

Overview


In the first two years of the Pacific War of World War II, air forces from Japan, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand engaged in a ruthless struggle for superiority in the skies over the Solomon Islands and New Guinea. Despite operating under primitive conditions in a largely unknown and malignant physical environment, both sides employed the most sophisticated technology available at the time in a strategically crucial war of aerial attrition. In one of the largest aerial campaigns in history, the skies of the South Pacific were dominated first by the dreaded Japanese Zeros, then by Allied bombers, which launched massed raids at altitudes under fifty feet, and finally by a ferocious Allied fighter onslaught led by a cadre of the greatest aces in American military history.Utilizing primary sources and scores of interviews with surviving veterans of all ranks and duties, Eric Bergerud recreates the fabric of the air war as it was fought in the South Pacific. He explores the technology and tactics, the three-dimensional battlefield, and the leadership, living conditions, medical challenges, and morale of the combatants. The reader will be rewarded with a thorough understanding of how air power functioned in World War II from the level of command to the point of fire in air-to-air combat.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813338699
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
752
Sales rank:
499,524
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 2.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Mapsix
Important Military Terms, Acronyms, and Place-namesxi
Prefacexv
Mapsxxiii
Part 1The Three-Dimensional Battlefield1
1Defining the Battlefield: Air-Base Networks5
War in an Unlikely Place: Japanese Air-Base Networks in the South Pacific5
Sites for Victory: Allied Base Networks49
2The Land and Air95
Modern War in a Primitive Place97
A Malignant Land125
A Dangerous Sky137
Part 2Machines and Men in the South Pacific155
3Japanese Warplanes189
Japanese Navy Aircraft199
Japanese Army Aircraft219
4Allied Aircraft227
Allied Fighters239
Allied Bombers272
5Airmen in the South Pacific309
Preparation for War310
Morale341
Part 3Fire in the Sky: Air Battle in the South Pacific407
6Deadly Geometry: Fighter Warfare in the South Pacific445
Fighter Formations and Missions446
Maneuver and Melee465
7Making History: Bombers in the South Pacific531
A Confused Start540
Allied Bombers Take Control562
Helping the Ground-Pounders598
The Destruction of Japanese Airpower621
Conclusion657
Chronology of Events677
Author's Note on Technical Information Including Table of Major Warplanes in the South Pacific Theater679
Notes685
Sources and Bibliography695
Index703

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