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'EAGLES of the SOUTHERN SKY' (Volume One) covers the history of the Tainan Naval Air Group ONLY in New Guinea, including its Rabaul operatons, from 1 April through to mid-November 1942 (NOTE - it does NOT cover the East Indies or Guadalcanal campaigns). The book sets new benchmarks for historical detail, for the first time accurately portraying its markings. Both Japanese and Allied accounts have been fully reconciled. The book has: - 352-pages (44 in color), and is printed on quality semi-gloss stock, 11" x 8.5" in size, with text laid out in double columns. Front and rear softcovers are shown above; - the substantive text of 167,297 words complemented with; - color profiles of: 33 Tainan Zero fighters with history of each, 42 Allied aircraft against whom they fought, including RAAF No. 75 Squadron Kittyhawks, and 18 of Japanese aircraft with whom the Tainan fought alongside; - more than 300 rare B&W photos, most never published before, from both Allied & Japanese sources; - 26 historically-accurate paintings of combat over New Guinea, created from reference to aerial photography of the particular areas of New Guinea in which battles took place, and; - detailed maps and appendices on losses, Tainan markings, crew rosters, losses and kills appendices, and full index (see samples of all of above in 'Book Tour'.)
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Book Description Tianan Research & Publishing, USA, 2012. Softcover. Condition: New. 1st Edition. Quarto Size [approx 24cm x 30.5cm]. MINT - a NEW copy. Colour profiles of all the aircraft operated, colour illustrations [almost photo-quality], maps. Illustrated with Black and White Photographs. 352 pages The definitive history of the Imperial Japanese Tainan Naval Air Group - the most prestigious of any Japanese aerial unit in World War 2. It was assigned New Guinea in April 1942, confident of victory, having already conquered the Philippines and Dutch East Indies. However, by mid-November 1942 only eighteen pilots from the original cadre sailed home from Rabaul, marking the end of an era. This book outlines the definitive history of this flagship unit in New Guinea, sourcing material from all sides of the conflict. Seller Inventory # 270137