Imperial Japanese Naval Aviator 1937–45

Imperial Japanese Naval Aviator 1937–45 cover

Imperial Japanese Naval Aviator 1937–45

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The fateful attack on Pearl Harbor forced the Western world to revise its opinion of Japan's airmen. Before the war, Japanese aviators had been seen as figures of ridicule and disdain; yet the ruthless skill and efficiency of their performance in December 1941 and the months that followed won them a new reputation as a breed of oriental superman. This book explores the world of the Imperial Japanese Naval airman, from the zenith of his wartime career until the turning of the tide, when the skill and experience of the average Japanese airman declined. Cultural and social background, recruitment, training, daily life and combat experience are all covered.

Table of Contents

Introduction · Chronology · Enlistment · Recruitment and training · Flight training · Carrier qualification · Belief and belonging Appearance and equipment · Everyday life and front line duty · Tactics · Experience of battle · Glossary · Color plate commentary · Index

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Published 20 Apr 2003
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781841763859
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 50 b/w; 8 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Warrior
Short code WAR 55
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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John White

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