The Empire Strikes South : Japan’s Air War Against Northern Australia 1942-45
by Dr Tom Lewis OAM , Michael Claringbould
Editor: Avonmore Books
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Very few Australians today know of the strong air battles across Australia’s Upper Extreme in World War IIFor over two years Japanese had crossed the coast and bombed relentlesslySavage battles were fought between the legendary Zero fighter and Allied Kittyhawks and SpitfireBig twin-engine Betty bombers are shot down explosion and fire on airports and cities, even sinking farthest inland like Katherine, some 300 kilometers from the coastNearly 200 Japanese crew died in the assaultThis book lists all their names and describes all combat missions, and reveals for the first time that the number of fighter flights, the plane shot down, and the crew, who died, is much higher than previously thought.Aircraft Scores were shot down in combat operations from Exmouth to Townsville, with most of the action taking place in the Northern TerritoryVery comprehensive, this new research shows that the number of air raids was higher than previously suggested by Figure 64, 77 raids on the Territory alone, while the 208 enemy fight flights were conducted in Northern Australia186 Japanese airmen died when their planes were shot downIn many cases, their bodies are located in remote locations across the vast bush and northern coastal waters.Many wrecks have never been foundThe Empire Strikes Back South describes the entire aircraft used, and gives an overview of the world of fighter pilots and crews.With a full range of new color graphics by renowned illustrator Michael Claringbould, this new research reveals a battle of Australia, which was hitherto unknown.
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