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Authors, Historians & Researchers
Book and media authors of publications about the Pacific War.
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Bob Alford
Author of Darwin's Air War (Revised Edition) Bob Alford has explored the wrecks and history of Darwin and Australia's Northern Territory. Working with veterans, on both sides and associations Alford has helped preserve wreck sites and research history. Today, he lives in Thailand and is working on another book project.

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Dan E. Bailey
Author of WWII Wrecks of the Truk Lagoon has just published a this impressive new, and comprehensive edition that culminates over eight years of new research, painstaking accuracy in creating maps, and photos. Learn about diving the lagoon, discoveries and changes.

Click For Interview William Bartsch
Author of the exceptional book Doomed From the Start, detailing American Pursuit Squadrons in the Philippines. A traveler to many WWII Pacific locations, he shares his thoughts about issues related to Pacific history, preservation and wreck photos from his personal collection.
Steve Birdsall Steve Birdsall
Author of Flying Buccaneers, researcher and author focused on Pacific B-17 Flying Fortresses and units. Director of "Black Jack's Last Mission" and collaborator and co-author on other publications.
Click For Interview Phil Bradley
Phil Bradley, of Australia has traveled extensively in Papua New Guinea, written for After the Battle Magazine and is currently writing a book about Shaggy Ridge - where his father served in WWII. Also, he has contributed an extensive wreck photo gallery.
Click For Interview Michael Claringbould
Founder of Aerothentic Publications, author of Black Sunday, Forty of the Fifth and The Forgotten Fifth among others. Undoubtedly one of the most knowable person in the world on the 5th Air Force, he has also discovered many wreck sites and assisted with MIA issues.
Click For Interview Francesca Cumero
Dog Tag researcher. Inspired by her great uncle's Pacific WWII service, Francesca began to research dog tags and helps to return tags to surprised veterans and their relatives
Click For Interview Charles Darby
Active in travel and aircraft restoration since the 1960's in New Zealand, and a traveler to New Guinea and the Solomons, he is best know as the author of the book WWII Aircraft Wrecks... And Where to Find Them. Today, he is still active in WWII aviation, restoring P-40's.
Click For Interview Richard Dunn
Researcher and writer on Japanese aviation. Dunn has done amazing research using actual Japanese unit and signal intercepts to tell the complete story of what really happened in the air war over the Pacific. Also, special article topics written for Pacific Wrecks.
Click For Interview Bruce Gamble
Author of The Black Sheep and Black Sheep One two impressive books about the real USMC's VMF-214 made famous by the television show, "Ba Ba Black Sheep" and the unit's most famous personality and commander, Gregory "Pappy" Boyington.
Click For Interview Lawrence Hickey
Larry Hickey researched and wrote Warpath Across the Pacific the definitive history of the 345th Bombardment Group, a book described as "the finest history of an air combat unit ever published" and founder of International Historical Research Associates (IHRA).
Click For Interview Allan Kelly
Author of a book about Persevered Japanese Tanks, Kelly has traveled extensively in the Pacific in research. He contributes an interview and travel diaries for recent trips to the Corregidor, Angaur, and Cairns.
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Author and researcher of B-24 Liberators in the Pacific. Author of Under the Southern Cross and Strike Back. Involved with several websites and the Unbroken movie.
Click For Interview Earl Hinz
Author of Pacific Island Battlegrounds of WWII: Then and Now. Hinz is a veteran himself, and shares a series of additional wreck photographs from his travels throughout the Pacific.
Lex Mcaulay Lex McAulay
Experienced the war as a young child in northern Queensland. He is a Pacific War researcher and author, of books including the "Battle of the Bismarck Sea" and newest book "MacArthur's Eagles". He is also the founder of publishing company, Banner Books.
Dave McComb Dave McComb
Dave McComb is a management consultant specializing in business process development. A lifelong student of World War II destroyer history, he has in recent years promoted the subject extensively via the web and numerous articles. He is president of the Destroyer History Foundation
Click For Interview Tom McLeod
Curator of the Museum of the Pacific in Texas, the son of a Pacific veteran, traveler and collector of many rare Pacific artifacts on display in his museum. Also, he is the author of the book Always Ready about the 147th Infantry Regiment.
Click For Interview Jack Morris
USMC F4U pilot and veteran. He is the author of the book, One Angel Left.. A Memoir about his wartime experiences, bailout over Rabaul, and escape and rescue via PBY. He had the unique distinction of returning to Rabaul, and seeing the wreckage of his former F4U Corsair!
Click For Interview Gary Nila
A former Los Angeles Police Officer and FBI Special Agent who now works as an investigator with Northrop Grumman. A collector of Japanese military uniforms and equipment for over 30 years. Author of several books on Japanese uniforms, equipment and I-400.
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Bruce Petty and his wife recently returned to California after living on the island of Saipan for five years. He is the author of Saipan: Oral Histories of The Pacific War and Bluejackets Remember
Click For Interview Robert Piper
Bob Piper is a researcher and author of many articles and books on World War II Pacific topics. Also, he has been involved with aircraft crash sites and memorials. He also writes for newspapers and Flightpath magazine.
Gregory Pons Gregory Pons
Aviation author and researcher, author of USMC Aviators book detailing uniforms, equipment and gear.
Edward Rogers Edward Rogers
Nautical archaeologist and military historian. He studied archaeology at Georgia Southern University, and Texas A&M University. Author and collaborator on many World War II books and unit histories.
Luca Ruffato Luca Ruffato
Maybe someone will wonder how an Italian can be interested in matters so far away from his living place. I cannot give a satisfactory answer because these interests just happened. As a little boy I drew aircraft with the Red Ball insignia!
Click For Interview Henry Sakaida
One of the few English language authors writing exclusively on Japanese pilots and their wartime experiences. The author of Imperial Japanese Navy Aces and Japanese Army Air Force Aces and The Siege of Rabaul, His books have opened a window to previously unknown side of the war.
Click For Interview Gene Eric Salecker
Salecker has always been fascinated with the B-17 "Flying Fortress", and has just published a book on Pacific B-17's, Fortress Against the Sun. Learn about his background, research process and what fascinates him about this famous bomber, and his forthcoming work.
Click For Interview John Stanaway
John Stanaway is the author of many Pacific related WWII aviation books,  including three titles in the Osprey's Aircraft of the Aces Series on P-38, P-39, P-47 and P-51 Pacific aces. In an interview with Pacific Wreck Database, he shares insights on his books and research.
Click For Interview Koji Takaki
Co-author of B-29 Hunters and 343 Kokutai Japan's Squadron of Aces, does an interview about his background, interest and process of creating two superb English books. He talks about research, collaborations with Henry Sakaida and project about the world-largest sub I-400.
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Justin Taylan
Creator of Pacific Wrecks, Taylan's interest began with his grandfather's service and to document the wreckage that remains to this day.  Has visited dozens of battlefields and hundreds of aircraft and shipwrecks.

Click For Interview Barrett Tillman
Author of 40 published titles, many of which are related to WWII Pacific, and the famous tail hook aircraft like the F4F, F4U, Avenger and F6F. Tillman shares insights about his research processes, and current releases and upcoming projects.
Click For Interview Ron Werneth
Researcher and author focusing on Japanese Veteran pilots. He has written for various aviation magazines, and the forthcoming book: Beyond Pearl Harbor: The Untold stories of Japan’s Navy Airmen.
Click For Enlargement Andrew Wight
Andrew Wight is a underwater explorer and film maker with an unusual background. Creator of Winged Ghosts of the South Pacific.

 

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