AIR FORCES OVER THE NWA 1942-1945
By Bob Alford
with Illustrations by Darryl Ford
After decades of research into the air war over northern Australia, Bob Alford is arguably the leader in this field and has produced an extremely authoritative book on the Japanese forces involved. These include the naval and army air force units which raided Australia, as well as those units that fought Australian-based Allied bombers over the East Indies in the latter part of the war. Packed with interesting photos and informative colour aircraft profiles, this work fills a major gap in the literature in this area and will be a useful reference source for anyone interested in the northern air war.
Perhaps the most unique part of the book is that regarding Japanese aircraft crash sites and remains. Bob was involved in identifying and locating as many of these locations as possible, as well as recovering and studying remaining components. Some of the latter are preserved at the Darwin Aviation Museum. These remains have been studied in amazing detail, in most cases identifying the exact type of aircraft involved and the cause of the crash. In some cases the manufacturer number and / or squadron number of the aircraft has been identified. For model makers and other enthusiasts there is a detailed discussion of aircraft paint schemes based on actual samples. With his background as a RAAF armourer, Bob is well qualified to comment on the effect of tropical conditions of paint schemes and the differing results that inevitably result.
Soft-cover A4, 92 pages
89 b&w & colour photos, maps and colour aircraft photos.
6 pages of Sources/References
To purchase your
copy of this excellent book
visit the Avonmore Books web site
Also available at the Australian Aviation
and the Darwin Military Museum
"Australia @ War" WWII Research Products
© Peter Dunn 2015
This page first produced 27 November 2013
This page last updated 27 February 2020