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by Ikuhiko Hata, Yasuho Izawa, Christopher Shores
Grubb Street Press 2002
Cover Price: $36.75
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|Japanese Army Air Force Fighter Units
And Their Aces 1931-1945
With little published in English on the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) side of the war in the Pacific, this book fills a great void. We applaud Grubb Street for publishing such an important book for english readers to enjoy.
The co-authors Hata and Izawa have also written a book on Japanese Naval Aces and Fighter Units, as well as a books on JAAF and IJN bombers, published in Japanese. The book is translated from Japanese by Christopher Shores, and is an in-depth review of the fighter units of Imperial Japan.
JAAF Historical Overview
As the tide of war changed with superior Allied aircraft and island hopping tactics, the Army's ridged command structure and lack of fore site saw JAAF fighter pilots decimated in areas like New Guinea. Despite these losses, there were outstanding Army units that equaled their Allied counterparts, in Burma and flying home defense. In the later stages of the war, outstanding aircraft like the Ki-84 equaled the best allied planes, but arrived too late to impact the war.
References & Resources
This book is an indispensable volume for anyone interested in the history of JAAF in english, it is probably the only such book in currently in print.
Review by Justin Taylan
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