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Field Marshal07 Mar 2022 5:27 p.m. PST

As the title says I am looking for good books to read about the pacific airwar.


F4U5nl08 Mar 2022 6:46 a.m. PST

Fire in the Sky by Eric Bergerud. Either of John Lundstrom's First Team books. Black Sheep, Fortress Rabaul, Target Rabaul by Bruce Gamble. Clash of the Carriers by Barrett Tillman. Michael Claringbold's series on the Pacific Air War (great artwork). Saga of the Superfortress by Steve Birdsall. Just a few off the top of my head looking at my shelves.

Bismarck08 Mar 2022 9:29 a.m. PST

The Cactus Air Force, Thomas G. Miller, Jr.
Jack, this is still available in paperback.
I have a hardback version published by The Admiral
Nimitz Foundation in 1990. Great coverage of
the air war for Guadalcanal. Book's original
copyright was 1969.

A side note, back in the 80s, I had the honor to work
with two WWII Marine Corsair pilots. One actually retired
from the USMCR as a Lt. Col. and after his duty in the Pacific trained pilots! They both were very nonchalant
about it. Looking back now as I read more about the Pacific,
how I wish I had asked tons of questions or asked them their
stories. Both now long passed away.

Semper Fi,


KSmyth08 Mar 2022 9:38 a.m. PST

As background, I've used two of the Osprey Air Campaign titles: Guadalcanal 1942-43 by Mark Stille and Rabaul 1943-44 by Mark Lardas. They provide a valuable big picture look at these two campaigns.

HMS Exeter08 Mar 2022 10:36 a.m. PST

+1 for Cactus Air Force.

Major Mike08 Mar 2022 12:30 p.m. PST

There are two novels written by Martin Caiden. "The Last Dogfight" and "Whip".

HMS Exeter08 Mar 2022 10:40 p.m. PST

If you narrow what year/area of the Pacific Air War we might could enhance the book recommendations.

Field Marshal09 Mar 2022 1:07 a.m. PST

Thank you for the suggestions. As for year/area I am looking at the early war i guess. When the Zero were still a match doe the Americans

HMS Exeter09 Mar 2022 8:25 a.m. PST

There is a 2 volume set called Bloody Shambles that covers the first few months of the air war from 12/7 thru the fall of Burma. It's one of a series of air war books who's unifying thread is the author Christopher Shores.

It's not a lively read, but it is comprehensive.

Blutarski22 Mar 2022 4:59 p.m. PST

"Pacific Air Combat WWII Voices from the Past"
Henry Sakaida

"The Siege of Rabaul"
Henry Sakaida

Both books are basically interviews with surviving Japanese veterans by an American Nisei historian.


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