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01-25-2010, 12:38 AM
Hi all,

Going through my library at the moment having a cull ('sob') and I've noticed a glaring omission: A lack of any books dealing with the RAF/IJA conflict in the CBI theater

Any recommendations on a good general history for the CBI air war? Specifically, I'm looking for something covering RAF units in the 1941-1943 period, when they were operating mostly Hurricanes, Buffaloes and Tomahawks.

I'd also like something that is quite detail heavy, rather than a lighter, broad brush-strokes kind of publication.

Something with some details appendixes, covering units, movements, airfields, claims, losses, sorties, ect would be right up my alley.

Any thoughts?

01-25-2010, 01:17 AM
My three suggestions...

The Eagle Strikes is excellent. (Expensive too!)
So go to the library.

http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/...6-Eagle-Strikes.html (http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/IAF/Books/Reviews/806-Eagle-Strikes.html)


Also Hurricanes over Burma should be right up your alley.


But if it is details you want you can't beat this.



01-25-2010, 03:44 AM
Official AVG site. (http://www.flyingtigersavg.com/)

01-29-2010, 05:22 PM
Waldo.Pepper is right. Air War For Burma is what you want. EXCELLENT source of info! It covers the planes you listed including the actions of Mohawk IV squadrons. But if you really want to know about the Mohawks then you need MOHAWKS OVER BURMA. It may be hard to find but I was lucky enough to get a copy. Hurricanes Over Burma is on my wish list as well. There aren't many books about the CBI but the ones we do have are all excellent.

One note about RAF Tomahawks...as far as I can recall, the RAF did not operate any in the CBI. Correct me if I'm wrong. The main RAF fighters were Mohawks and Hurricanes until Spitfires arrived...which was very late in the theater.

02-01-2010, 10:48 AM
I highly recommend Burma Air Campaign by M Pearson and Spitfires over the Arakan but I dont have the author to hand. You should be able to get these at Amazon still. Also Wings of the Phoenix is an official history. Hope this helps

02-01-2010, 01:10 PM
Slightly OT.. more on BoB

This book I find is good, with some interesting little known technical points on Allied and Axis planes of the day.