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Spitfire VC vs A6M2 Zero-sen : Darwin 1943 : Duel - Peter Ingman

Spitfire VC vs A6M2 Zero-sen : Darwin 1943


By: Peter Ingman, Jim Laurier (Illustrator), Gareth Hector (Illustrator)

Paperback Published: 17th June 2019
ISBN: 9781472829603
Number Of Pages: 80

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The little-known yet fascinating story of when two of the most iconic aircraft of World War II dueled in the skies above Australia.

Fully illustrated with detailed full-color artwork, this is the gripping story of two iconic aircraft facing off against each other above Australia.

Just weeks after Pearl Harbor, Darwin was mauled by a massive Japanese attack. Without a single fighter to defend Australian soil, the Australian government made a special appeal to Britain for Spitfires.

A year later the Spitfire VC-equipped No 1 Fighter Wing, RAAF, faced the battle-hardened 202nd Kokutai of the IJNAF, equipped with A6M2 Zero-sens, over Darwin. This was a grueling campaign between evenly matched foes, fought in isolation from the main South Pacific battlegrounds. Pilots on either side had significant combat experience, including a number of Battle of Britain veterans. The Spitfire had superior flight characteristics but was hampered by short range and material defects in the tropical conditions, while the Japanese employed better tactics and combat doctrine inflicting serious losses on overconfident the Commonwealth forces.

About the Author

Peter Ingman is an author specializing in aviation and World War II Pacific war history. He has co-written two widely acclaimed Australian World War II history titles – Zero Hour in Broome and Carrier Attack Darwin 1942. Through his publishing business Avonmore Books, Peter has also had extensive input into 20 further military history titles written by a variety of authors.

An award-winning essayist, Peter is the Chairman of the History Group at the South Australian Aviation Museum. He lives in Adelaide with his two young children and is currently writing a novel set in wartime New Guinea.

About the Illustrators

Jim Laurier is a native of New England and lives in New Hampshire. He attended Paier School of Art in Hamden, Connecticut, from 1974–78, and since graduating with Honors, he has been working professionally in the field of Fine Art and Illustration. He has been commissioned to paint for the US Air Force and has aviation paintings on permanent display at the Pentagon.

Gareth Hector is a digital artist of international standing as well as an aviation history enthusiast. Gareth completed the battlescene artwork and cover artwork. He lives in Perthshire, UK.

ISBN: 9781472829603
ISBN-10: 1472829603
Series: Duel
Audience: BAU
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 80
Published: 17th June 2019
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.6 x 18.4  x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.27

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