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The Burma Air Campaign 1941–1945 (Paperback)

Aviation > Royal Air Force WWII > Battles & Campaigns > Japan & the Pacific Front

By Michael Pearson
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Pages: 216
Illustrations: 16 b/w
ISBN: 9781526743800
Published: 2nd May 2018
Last Released: 9th June 2021



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The scene is set with an overview of the respective states of the RAF and Japanese Airforce, and an explanation of how the American Volunteer Group (The Flying Tigers) came to be in China.

There is a concise description of air ops covering the Japanese invasion of Indo China, Malaya and Singapore, together with a close study of the sinking of the Prince of Wales and Repulse, which altered the air/sea power equation.

The main emphasis is on the use of air power both offensive, defensive and air transport during the protracted Burma Campaign. This embraces operations in the Arakan and the various Chindit long range penetration expeditions. These relied almost totally on air supply and evacuation.

In the later stages of the War, the US and RAF combined forces and predictably this was not without controversy. Few realize that US B29s operating from India attacked Japan itself.

Finally the role of ground attack aircraft against the retreating Japs played a significant part in the Allied advance in Burma.

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Intelligence and National Security Journal

This concise history is highly recommended for anyone interested in the impact of an integrated air campaign and the challenges of coalition warfare.

Air Power History, Winter 2020

Michael Pearson has produced an outstanding tome, and one that will have pride of place on the Britain at War bookshelf.

Britain at War magazine

About Michael Pearson

Michael Pearson has had a lifelong interest in maritime history and shipping. He worked in the shipping industry in the city of London for over twenty years. He now researches history full time. He lives at Westcliffe-on-Sea, Essex.

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