THE BURMA AIR CAMPAIGN 1941-1945 by Michael Pearson
This outstanding book focuses on an area of World War Two history that is so often overlooked, the use of air power over the jungles of Burma. The desperate fighting to try and holt the Japanese onslaught at the start of push to take the country, to its ultimate defeat in 1945 is covered in great detail in engaging narrative, with excellent illustrations.
The book also contains considerable information on the complex ground campaign, and looks at air power’s role in supporting the wider objectives. Operations such as the Chindit long range penetration expeditions are detailed, along with lesser known elements, Brewster Buffalo missions, for example.
Comprehensive appendices chart headquarters commanders, order of battles, bases and aircraft type. Of particular interest to me was the list of operations carried out by the leading Japanese air division in Burma, during the second Chindit/Imphal/Myitkyina campaigns of 1944.
Michael Pearson has produced an outstanding tome, and one that will have pride of place on the Britain at War bookshelf. It’s a bargain at £12.99.
Publisher: Pen & Sword
Softback: 194 pages