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Prefontaine
12-24-2008, 11:05 AM
Hi all,

I've recently become very interested in the pacific theater of war, and I'm looking for some good books to read on the subject. I've found "Fire in the Sky" at the bookstore, which looks very comprehensive, but I'd like some other works to try too in addition to this book. Any aspect of the air war in the Pacific would be great, but I'm especially interested in the P-38 and the Army Air Corps, as well as the F4F and F6F and Navy Carrier ops in general. Thanks!

Pre

PS -- has anyone read 'Fire in the Pacific'? I've found mixed reviews on it, and I'm wondering what you all think.

Wildnoob
12-24-2008, 11:34 AM
in the case of a specific aircraft in the pacific war, I finish to read a few days ago a book about the Japanese torpedo-bomber B6N - from the famous airplanes series that was indicated by some buddys here from the IL2 forums.

the book as 18 pages of english text. in fact the version I've buy is half page polish and half english. but it's complet, just have the polish langague among the english. in total with this is 36 pages.

very good, excellent publication.

wsiel
12-24-2008, 11:50 AM
I highly recommend "Jungle Ace" by John R.Bruning.
It's about Col.Gerald Johnson who flew P-38's in the South Pacific.

Stingray333
12-24-2008, 11:57 AM
I highly recommend "Fork Tailed Devil", its all about the development and action of the P-38, although, it does stray into the European theatre a little bit, a lot of it is in the pacific theatre. This book really motivated me to fly the P-38 a lot more in IL-2, and you really get a good sense of the various P-38 variants after reading this book.

I am currently reading "McCampbells heroes" outlying the exploits of VF-15 in the late pacific theatre aboard the Essex, its not bad.

I also just recently read "The Big E: The Story of the USS Enterprise (Paperback)", and I really liked it, much better than I am liking McCampbells heros actually,

Stingray

Sillius_Sodus
12-24-2008, 07:50 PM
This one is good as well.

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SkyChimp
12-24-2008, 08:45 PM
I highlhy recommend the following:

The First Team: Pacific Naval Air Cobamt from Pearl Harbor to Midway (Volume 1)
The First Team and the Guadalcanal Campaign: Naval Fighter Combat from August to November 1942 (Volume 2)

By John B. Lundstrom.

These are meticulously researched books and are the gold standard for works on US and Japanese Naval air combat. It covers the Japanese sided in-depth as well. Invest in the hard-covers if you can find them since they will be the prize of your collection.

http://aeroplanebooks.com/productcart/pc/viewPrd.asp?id...1172&idproduct=45604 (http://aeroplanebooks.com/productcart/pc/viewPrd.asp?idcategory=1172&idproduct=45604)
http://www.amazon.com/First-Team-Pacific-Combat-Harbor/dp/0870211897
http://www.amazon.com/First-Team-Guadalcanal-Campaign-N...44728/ref=pd_sim_b_1 (http://www.amazon.com/First-Team-Guadalcanal-Campaign-November/dp/1591144728/ref=pd_sim_b_1)

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Bloody Shambles : Volume One : The Drift to War to the Fall of Singapore
Bloody Shambles : Volume Two : The Defense of Sumatra to the Fall of Burma
Bloody Shambles : Volume Three : AIR WAR FOR BURMA - The Concluding Volume of The Bloody Shambles Series. The Allied Air Forces Fight Back in South-East Asia 1942-1945.

By Christopher Shores.

Covers the air war in the southeast Asia from the fall of Sinapore to the end of the war. Absolutely the best books on the subject. Covers the subject mainly from the allied (British, Dutch, American) sikde but alos from the Japanese side. Very compelling reading. Invest in the hard covers if you can find them.

http://www.amazon.com/Bloody-Shambles-Drift-Fall-Singap...id=1230175856&sr=1-1 (http://www.amazon.com/Bloody-Shambles-Drift-Fall-Singapore/dp/094881750X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1230175856&sr=1-1)
http://www.amazon.com/AIR-WAR-BURMA-Concluding-South-Ea...id=1230175856&sr=1-2 (http://www.amazon.com/AIR-WAR-BURMA-Concluding-South-East/dp/1904010954/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1230175856&sr=1-2)
I can't find volume II at the normal places I check.

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Japanese Naval Aces and Fighter Units in WWII

by Ikuhiko Hata and Yasuho Izawa

The best reference on the subject. Beware, there is no attempt to correct the extreme bias and overclaims by the Japanese. But that sort of makes it better reading. Definately a view from the Japanese side.

http://www.amazon.com/Japanese-Naval-Fighter-Units-World/dp/0870213156

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Japanese Army Air Force Fighter Units and Their Aces: 1931-1945

by Ikuhiko Hata, Yasuho Izawa and Christopher Shores

Again, the best reference on the subject. Not as biased as the Naval book. Chock full of good info.

http://www.amazon.com/Japanese-Army-Force-Units-Their/d...04896/ref=pd_sim_b_1 (http://www.amazon.com/Japanese-Army-Force-Units-Their/dp/1902304896/ref=pd_sim_b_1)

crucislancer
12-24-2008, 11:54 PM
"The Jolly Rogers" by Tom Blackburn, who was the CO of VF-17, one of the first USN squadrons to be equipped with the Corsair. Lot's of good info on air combat and squadron ops.

"The Black Sheep" by Bruce Gamble, which is a comprehensive study of VMF-214, the "Black Sheep" squadron, from the very beginning of the squadron just after Pearl Harbor to spring of 1945 after a devastating kamikaze attack just about finished the squadron. Dispells some of the myths about Greg Boyington as well. Very detailed, the author did his best to go over records from both sides (if available) to verify combat claims and loses, as well as excerpts from the squadron diary. Highly recommended.

"Baa Baa Black Sheep" by Greg Boyington. His autobiography starts when he was hired to fly for the AVG up to just after the war. Interesting reading, though some (see above book on the Black Sheep) say that Boyington stretched the truth in a few places. Regardless, it's a good read.

crucislancer
12-24-2008, 11:57 PM
Originally posted by SkyChimp:
Bloody Shambles : Volume One : The Drift to War to the Fall of Singapore
Bloody Shambles : Volume Two : The Defense of Sumatra to the Fall of Burma
Bloody Shambles : Volume Three : AIR WAR FOR BURMA - The Concluding Volume of The Bloody Shambles Series. The Allied Air Forces Fight Back in South-East Asia 1942-1945.

Awesome! I went looking for some books on the air war over Burma a few months back, and came up with nothing. I'm going to check these out at my first opportunity. Thanks! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

pacettid
12-25-2008, 02:09 AM
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/510NBHWHGSL._SS500_.jpg

Find it here. (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/076432067X)

R_Target
12-25-2008, 07:44 AM
In addition to the above:

Shattered Sword-John Parshall and Tony Tully

Winged Samurai: Saburo Sakai and the Zero Fighter Pilots-Henry Sakaida

Genda's Blade: Japan's Squadron of Aces-Henry Sakaida

The Skull and Crossbones Squadron: VF-17 in WWII-Lee Cook

F19_Orheim
12-25-2008, 08:00 AM
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51DaFQ2dWLL._SL500_AA240_.jpg


Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway (Paperback)
by Jonathan Parshall (Author), Anthony Tully (Author)



A Very well written book that covers pretty much everything and more from Midway...



Review
"The best naval history book of 2005." - The Naval Review "To really know about the Battle of Midway, you must read this book." - From the foreword by John B. Lundstrom, author of The First Team: Pacific Naval Air Combat from Pearl Harbor to Midway "A remarkable book... The breadth and quality of the information about the Japanese air groups provided here is simply staggering." - John Jordan in Warship 2006 "One of the two or three most important books on the Pacific War published in the last decade." - Douglas V. Smith, professor of strategy and policy, U.S. Naval War College, in Air and Space "To really know about the Battle of Midway, you must read this book." - John B. Lundstrom, author of The First Team: Pacific Naval Air Combat from Pearl Harbor to Midway

Prefontaine
12-25-2008, 10:33 AM
This thread is pure gold. Thanks guys! Can't wait to start reading all of these.

PS -- whoever recommended "The Great Book of WW2 Airplanes" (the huge one with all the foldouts), THANK YOU! The massive tome is phenomenal.

LEBillfish
12-25-2008, 02:17 PM
How about P-38's, P-39's, P-40's, P-47's, & B-17/24/25's of the 5th Air Force under Kenny...

vs.

Ki-43's, Ki-45's, Ki-46's, Ki-61's & Ki-21/48/49/51/67's of the 4th Koukuugun....

The hard core air war over New Guinea with more stats and encounters in an easily readable format?

MacArthur's Eagles by Lex McAulay....and it's a very inexpensive book besides being a great read.

If what you describe is your thing, then this is the book for you.

K2

mandrill7
12-25-2008, 08:49 PM
http://www.amazon.com/Skip-Bombing-James-T-Murphy/dp/02...b_99?ie=UTF8&s=books (http://www.amazon.com/Skip-Bombing-James-T-Murphy/dp/0275945405/ref=pd_ts_b_99?ie=UTF8&s=books)

http://www.amazon.com/Kearbys-Thunderbolts-Schiffer-Mil...id=1230263418&sr=1-1 (http://www.amazon.com/Kearbys-Thunderbolts-Schiffer-Military-Aviation/dp/0764302485/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1230263418&sr=1-1)

http://www.amazon.com/Fortress-Against-Sun-Flying-Pacif...ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_b (http://www.amazon.com/Fortress-Against-Sun-Flying-Pacific/dp/1580970494/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_b)