ID numberRCDIG1070210
TitleVolume II – Air War Against Japan, 1943–1945 (1968 reprint)
ClassificationDigitised Collection
Record typeVolume
Item count1
Object typeBook
MakerOdgers, George James
Description

This volume describes the operations and the problems of the RAAF in the War against Japan from April 1943 until the end of the war – the period in which the Allies possessed air superiority in the Pacific. At the beginning of this phase the RAAF was providing a major part of the air forces of the South–West Pacific Area. Later it began to play a less important role, so much so that discontent developed among aircrew and some of their leaders believed the force was not being assigned worthwhile duties.

The book tells not only of the widespread and varied operations of the Australian squadrons in the SWPA and Australian individuals in Burma but of the difficult problem of allocatimg command responsibilities within a force part of which was assigned to General MacArthur and part controlled by the Minister for Air through his Chief of the Air Staff.

The story of Japanese reactions to Allied air operations has been told with the help of enemy records which put familiar events in a new light.

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PDF 344.23 KB Contents, Illustrations, Maps, and Preface (pages i-xiii)
PDF 1.39 MB Chapter 1 – The Pacific War, April 1943 (pages 1-19)
PDF 1.37 MB Chapter 2 – The Limited Offensive (pages 20-37)
PDF 1.3 MB Chapter 3 – Air Fighting in North–Western Area, April and May 1943 (pages 38-54)
PDF 1.2 MB Chapter 4 – “A Show of Force” from the Northern Territory (pages 55-67)
PDF 1.53 MB Chapter 5 – Air Support During the Lae–Nadzab–Finschhafen Operations (pages 68-87)
PDF 1.27 MB Chapter 6 – Air Assault on Rabaul (pages 88-103)
PDF 1.38 MB Chapter 7 – The North–Western Flank, August–December 1943 (pages 104-121)
PDF 1.17 MB Chapter 8 – The Bismarcks Barrier Broken (pages 122-139)
PDF 1.46 MB Chapter 9 – Anti–Submarine Operations in 1943 (pages 140-159)
PDF 672.59 KB Chapter 10 – Which road to Tokyo? (pages 160-169)
PDF 1002.74 KB Chapter 11 – The Admiralties (pages 170-181)
PDF 1.39 MB Chapter 12 – No 10 Group at Nadzab (pages 182-201)
PDF 1.38 MB Chapter 13 – Air Support at Hollandia and Aitape (pages 202-219)
PDF 978.16 KB Chapter 14 – Over Wakde and Biak (pages 220-233)
PDF 1.63 MB Chapter 15 – To Noemfoor and Morotai (pages 234-255)
PDF 2.34 MB Chapter 16 – Australians in Burma (pages 256-287)
PDF 819 KB Chapter 17 – Redeployment (pages 288-299)
PDF 1.34 MB Chapter 18 – First Tactical Air Force and the Philippines (pages 300-316)
PDF 1.47 MB Chapter 19 – Bougainville and New Britain (pages 317-334)
PDF 1.15 MB Chapter 20 – From Aitape to Wewak (pages 335-348)
PDF 374.51 KB Chapter 21 – Anti–Submarine Patrols, 1944–45 (pages 349-354)
PDF 1.66 MB Chapter 22 – Minelaying by the Catalinas (pages 355-373)
PDF 1.08 MB Chapter 23 – Mindoro and Luzon (pages 374-390)
PDF 1.49 MB Chapter 24 – First TAF and North–Western Area, January–April 1945 (pages 391-409)
PDF 1.43 MB Chapter 25 – Victory in Burma (pages 410-431)
PDF 1.43 MB Chapter 26 – Morotai – April 1945 (pages 432-450)
PDF 758.5 KB Chapter 27 – Tarakan (pages 451-461)
PDF 1.36 MB Chapter 28 – Labuan (pages 462-479)
PDF 749.73 KB Chapter 29 – Balikpapan (pages 480-490)
PDF 651.36 KB Chapter 30 – The War Ends (pages 491-499)
PDF 92.72 KB Appendix – Abbreviations (pages 500-502)
PDF 3.4 MB Index (pages 503-533)