Japanese Naval Air Force Fighter Units And Their Aces, 1932-1945

Overview

This book is a companion volume to Japanese Army Air Force Fighter Units and Their Aces, 1931-1945, published by Grub Street in 2002. As such it also represents a major updating and rewriting of Messrs Hata’s and Izawa’s earlier book of similar title, published in the USA some 20 years ago.

The book commences with a comprehensive account of the operations of navy fighter units throughout the period under review. This is followed by individual sections detailing the history and ...

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Japanese Naval Air Force Fighter Units And Their Aces, 1932-1945

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Overview

This book is a companion volume to Japanese Army Air Force Fighter Units and Their Aces, 1931-1945, published by Grub Street in 2002. As such it also represents a major updating and rewriting of Messrs Hata’s and Izawa’s earlier book of similar title, published in the USA some 20 years ago.

The book commences with a comprehensive account of the operations of navy fighter units throughout the period under review. This is followed by individual sections detailing the history and achievements of each unit involved, be it land-based or aircraft carrier-based. A major section then provides biographical details regarding all pilots claiming eight or more aerial victories.

As might be expected of such a work, prolific appendices provide detailed listings of all pilots known to have claimed five or more victories (and thus considered to be ‘aces’); listings of the graduation from training of all Japanese Navy fighter pilots, and of fighter pilot casualties. The book is profusely illustrated with photographs, maps and artist’s side-view drawings and paintings of aircraft relevant to each of the units described.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781906502843
  • Publisher: Grub Street
  • Publication date: 7/29/2011
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introductory Notes vi

Section 1 Japanese Naval Aviation Fighter Operations 1

The Early Period and the Shanghai Incident 1

The China Incident 5

The Pacific War Begins 13

Air Battles over the Eastern and North-Eastern Pacific 22

Air War over New Guinea and the Solomon Islands 26

Critical Fighting over the Solomons and New Guinea 39

"Rabaul Kokutai" 51

Actions over Australia and the Central Pacific 69

The Indian Ocean, China and the Marianas 82

The Philippines Campaign 95

Air Battles in Defence of the Homeland 108

Section 2 Unit Histories 127

Aircraft Carriers and Seaplane Tenders 128

Named Kokutais (Land-Based Fighter Units) 159

Numbered Kokutais (First Numbering) 169

Numbered Kokutais (Second Numbering) 188

Sento Hikotais 241

Section 3 Aces - An Alphabetical Listing of Biographical Notes 260

Section 4 A-Z Of Fighter Aces Planes 360

Section 5 Maps 369

Appendix A List of Naval Fighter Aces 381

Appendix B Key Fighter Pilots Killed in Action (by date) 385

Appendix C Naval Fighter Pilots 409

Appendix D Claims and Losses during Major Air Battles 430

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