Japanese Naval Aviation Uniforms and Equipment 1937–45

Japanese Naval Aviation Uniforms and Equipment 1937–45

Elite 86
  • Author: Gary Nila
  • Illustrator: Bill Younghusband
  • Short code: ELI 86
  • Publication Date: 18 Oct 2002
  • Number of Pages: 64
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This long awaited title provides a fantastic reference resource on the uniforms, dress, flight gear and personal weaponry of the Imperial Japanese Navy airmen of World War II. It includes detailed descriptions of flight gear, including manufacture information, and interviews with IJN pilots such as Sakai, Komachi, Tanimizu, Kawato and Saito regarding the use of a variety of equipment are integrated into the text. Packed with great contemporary illustrations, photographs of original items, and colour pictures, this title provides a meticulously detailed examination of the dress and equipment of the Imperial Japanese Navy's aviators in World War II.

Biographical Note

Gary Nila is a former Los Angeles Police Officer and FBI Special Agent who now works as an investigator with Northrop Grumman Corp. Air Combat Systems. He has been a collector of World War II Japanese military uniforms and equipment for over 30 years, but specializes in researching and collecting Japanese naval flight equipment and dress. He has interviewed many former IJN pilots including Saburo Sakai, Sudamu Komaichi, and Masajiro Kawato. Gary lives in Lakewood, California. Bill Younghusband was born in 1936. He has been interested in all things military since childhood, an interest compounded through the reading of authors such as G. A. Henty. In 1954 he joined the Life Guards and saw service in Egypt and Cyprus. Bill is a respected military illustrator of many years' experience, and for this title contributes the detailed insignia illustrations. He is married, and lives in Ireland.


Introduction Flight Helmets Flight Goggles Mufflers
Scarves Flight Suits Flight Boots Floatvests Gauntlets & Gloves Parachute Harnesses Flight clocks and watches Flight insignia Flight Calculators Voicetalkers
Oxygen mask Plotting boards Personal weapons Translations
Marker Labels Bibliography
further reading Color plate commentary Index

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