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Air Battle for Burma (Hardback)

Allied Pilots’ Fight for Supremacy

WWII Aviation World War Two Aviation

By Bryn Evans
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Pages: 251
ISBN: 9781473858923
Published: 21st November 2016

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'An excellent book about the air war over Burma'

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After a long series of crushing defeats by the apparently unstoppable Japanese air and ground forces, the eventual fightback and victory in Burma was achieved as a result of the exercise of unprecedented combined services cooperation and operations. Crucial to this was the Allies’ supremacy in the air coupled with their ground/air support strategy.

Using veterans’ first-hand accounts, Air Battle For Burma reveals the decisive nature of Allied air power in inflicting the first major defeat on the Japanese Army in the Second World War. Newly equipped Spitfire fighter squadrons made the crucial difference at the turning point battles of the Admin Box, Imphal and Kohima in 1944. Air superiority allowed Allied air forces to deploy and supply Allied ground troops on the front line and raids deep into enemy territory with relative impunity; revolutionary tactics never before attempted on such a scale.

By covering both the strategic and tactical angles, through these previously unpublished personal accounts, this fine book is a fitting and overdue tribute to Allied air forces’ contribution to victory in Burma.

An excellent book about the air war over Burma.

Chris Gilling, Editor of FlyPast Magazine

Once again, congratulations on an excellent book. I believe that both Air Battle for Burma and The Decisive Campaigns of the Desert Air Force 1942-1945 are excellent books.

It is a well-written and researched history of the air war over Burma. An engaging and informative read - it is also an unexpectedly exciting account of the air battle and of the men who fought it .

Bob Treloar, Air Vice-Marshal RAAF Ret’d.

Your book Air Battle for Burma surpassed your excellent "The Decisive Campaigns of the Desert Air Force 1942-1945". I am ashamed to say I was not aware of the detail you supplied in your magnum opus - it  was superb, well researched and vivid, written so professionally. I was exhausted in my Spitfire and I could just visualise and smell that jungle. What if I had to jump? Glad we finished that war.

You were highly successful with recreating experiences, challenges, and sacrifices and the eventful fight back to achieve the first defeat of the Japanese  Empire. It must have been hell. It leaves us feeling humble and grateful. I was not fully aware of the Air Force achievements in Burma, especially the fighters.’

Col Frize, RAF fighter pilot Ret’d.

A most valuable and respected addition to the military part of my modest library

Maj Gen Ray Sharp (Ret'd)

Not only was it a riveting story, it had the ring of truth about it. I was fascinated by it, and had trouble putting it down.

Ass Prof Ian Francis

About Bryn Evans

Bryn Evans is a management consultant with many years’ experience of finance and IT at boardroom level. As well as military history Bryn writes extensively across a wide range of categories, be it business management, sport, travel, or fiction, and his work has been widely published. His fiction work has earned a Second Prize in the Catherine Cookson Short Story Competition and other awards.


Bryn is the author of With the East Surreys in Tunisia, Sicily and Italy 1942 – 1945 (2012), and The Decisive Campaigns of the Desert Air Force 1942 – 1945 (2014), both published by Pen and Sword Books Ltd, UK. In his research he has interviewed veterans and their families world-wide, and visited battlefields and campaign locales in Egypt, Tunisia, Sicily and Italy.


After periods residing in UK, Zambia, and Germany, Bryn his wife Dr Jean Evans have lived for many years in Sydney, Australia.

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