A6M2/3 Zero-sen: New Guinea and the Solomons 1942 (Dogfight #10) (Paperback)

A6M2/3 Zero-sen: New Guinea and the Solomons 1942 (Dogfight #10) By Michael John Claringbould, Jim Laurier (Illustrator), Gareth Hector (Illustrator) Cover Image

A6M2/3 Zero-sen: New Guinea and the Solomons 1942 (Dogfight #10) (Paperback)

By Michael John Claringbould, Jim Laurier (Illustrator), Gareth Hector (Illustrator)

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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 study 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.

Jim Laurier is a native of New England and lives in New Hampshire. He attended Paier School of Art in Hamden, Connecticut, from 1974–78, and since graduating with Honours, he has been working professionally in the field of Fine Art and Illustration. He has been commissioned to paint for the US Air Force and has aviation paintings on permanent display at the Pentagon.
Product Details ISBN: 9781472857491
ISBN-10: 1472857496
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publication Date: November 21st, 2023
Pages: 80
Language: English
Series: Dogfight