Volume One - Development of air transport 1903-1943
by Robert H. Kelly

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After more than 20 years of research and writing, author Bob Kelly is pleased to at last present this first of five volumes. The series is unique in that no comprehensive history of the air transport effort in the Pacific in WWII has ever been written before over 1500 planes and thousands of personnel were involved in transporting supplies and troops within the South West Pacific Area (SWPA).

Volume one covers the development of both civil and military air transport from the invention of powered flight in 1903 to the end of the Buna, Gona and Wau campaigns at the start of 1943. The history ranges in detail from overview of operations down to the individual aircraft and aircrew involved in early SWPA formations.

This is an authoritative reference book and is an essential reference for any military historian. It also will serve as a source of valuable information for others such as students, aviation enthusiasts and genealogists.

The author compiled his books from numerous sources including original records of the RAAF and USAAF.


ISBN 0 646 42637 0

Comprises 414 pages, containing 15 maps and 87 photos.

The book is fully indexed.

The book is B5 size (176x250mm or 7x10 inches).

and has a quality hardcover.



Volume Two:-    1943 - Year of expansion and consolidation
by Robert H. Kelly


Volume Three:-    1943 - Air transport approaches full strength
by Robert H. Kelly


Volume Four:-     1944 - Supporting the Allied advances
by Robert H. Kelly



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