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This book details the exploits of the highly skilled Naval Aviators charged with achieving air supremacy over New Guinea in their A6M2/3 Zero-sens. 
The combat record of the Zero-sen in New Guinea has mostly been overstated, with little due being given to the constraining conditions under which the fighter operated. The air combats fought over New Guinea in 1942 between Imperial Japanese Naval Air Force (IJNAF) pilots and their Allied counterparts in P-39 Airacobras and P-40 Warhawks were often ‘trial and error’ affairs, with both belligerents being caught out by weather. This book covers the key role played by governing factors including geography and climatic conditions, and examines the modified tactics employed by IJNAF Zero-sen pilots to help them cope in-theatre through the comprehensive analysis of RAAF, USAAF and Japanese operational after action reports.
Using first-hand accounts from both famous aviators and previously unknown RAAF and Japanese pilots, and specially commissioned artwork, leading South Pacific historian and author Michael John Claringbould sheds new light on the air war fought over the wilds of New Guinea during the course of 1942.

A6M2/3 Zero-sen

  • Michael John Claringbould

    An illustrated overview of the exploits of the Pacific War's highly skilled Imperial Japanese Naval Aviators charged with achieving air supremacy over New Guinea.
  • Book Details

    Imprint: Osprey Publishing
    Publication Date: 23-11-2023
    Format: Paperback
    80 pages
  • About the Author

    Michael John Claringbould, a resident of Australia and formerly from Papua New Guinea, was employed for many years as a Foreign Service officer in the Pacific islands and Southeast Asia. His fluency in translating Japanese military records and access to rare records not available to other authors have allowed him to bring fresh knowledge to the English-speaking world concerning various aspects of the air war in the Southwest Pacific. Michael has authored numerous books on Pacific War aviation. Amongst his various titles are three for Osprey in the Duel series. The illustrators for this title are Gareth Hector (cover and battlescene), Jim Laurier (armament views) and Tim Brown (ribbon and technical diagrams).
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