P-39/P-400 Airacobra vs A6M2/3 Zero-Sen: New Guinea 1942

The 1942 New Guinea air campaign fought between USAAF Airacobras and IJNAF Zeros. Michael Claringbould, Osprey Publishing, UK, 2018. 80 pages, B+W photos, colour illustrations.

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P-39/P-400 Airacobra vs A6M2/3 Zero-Sen: New Guinea 1942

The 1942 New Guinea air campaign fought between USAAF Airacobras and IJNAF Zeros. Michael Claringbould, Osprey Publishing, UK, 2018. 80 pages, B+W photos, colour illustrations.

It was in remote New Guinea where the advance of Imperial Japanese Naval Air Force (IJNAF) A6M Zero-sen fighters was first halted due to a series of offensive and defensive aerial battles ranging from treetop height up to 30,000ft. The battles unfolded over mountainous terrain with treacherous tropical weather. Neither side possessed accurate maps, and navigation aids were non-existent. None of the pilots had been trained for such extreme conditions, incurring many additional losses aside from those that fell in combat. The combatants found themselves, at short notice, thrown into a unique set of circumstances. Despite the fact that the Japanese pilots had considerably more combat experience and more manoeuvrable fighters, the Airacobras managed to square the ledger. With detailed maps and contemporary photographs, this volume looks at the machines and pilots that battled over New Guinea.

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