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

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The fourth volume in Robert H. Kelly's series "Allied Air Transport Operations in the South West Pacific Area in World War Two" is now available. Unfortunately Robert Kelly passed away in 2013 while working on the final edits of the book. The book was completed by his wife June and son Russell.

Robert H. Kelly received a posthumous Order of Australia for his research and the writing of this series.

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).

In this book Robert H. Kelly covers the movement of air transport following the Allied advances. The year 1944 was extremely concentrated with a long string of Allied operations throughout. In the first six months of 1944 Allied forces advanced over 900 air miles from Finschhafen, New Guinea, to Biak in Dutch New Guinea. In the next six months to January 1945 they progressed about another 1,400 miles to Lingayen, north of Manila in Luzon. Air transport enabled rapid service to the advancing fighter and bomb groups and ground forces.

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.

Before this series of Volumes there was very little information on the troop carrier units and certainly not in this amount of detail and information. These books also serve to inform people that behind the fighter and bomber units there were brave men contributing to the front line of war.

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


Comprises 555 pages, containing maps and photographs.

The book is fully indexed (21 pages).

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

and has a quality hardcover.



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


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


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



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