JAPANESE AIRCRAFT

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64 pages - 1945 - Used, acceptable
This is an astonishing book, filled with illustrations, photographs, profiles and specific terms, about the Japanese aircrafts during the Second World War.

Characteristics

Book cover finish Canvas finish, Hardcover ( square back binding )
Condition Used, acceptable
Number of pages 64
Published date
1945
Language
English
Size
23 x 29 x 1 cm
Author
John Stroud
Editor THE HARBOROUGH PUBLISHING CO LTD

Description

Although the Allied Nations have been at war with Japan in the Pacific and the Far East since 1941, and a state of war has existed between China and Japan since the Japanese attack in Manchuria in 1931, little genuine interest has been taken in this theatre of war, and for the most part only utterances of ill - founded statements have been made to the effect that the Japanese are a race of copyists and that " ... we will soon knock hell out of them ". With this lack of general interest it is perhaps not surprising that attempts to teach recognition of Japanese aircraft have proved extremely difficult.
When Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour and British, United States and Dutch territory in the Far East and Pacific, little was known of the enemy aircraft put into service later than 1938, and opinion differ as to whether or not the Allies had heard of the so - called " Zero " fighter, destined to become the best known of Japan's aeroplanes, and for a number of years the mainstay of Japanese Naval Air Fighter strength. The purpose of this book is threefold :

  1. To present as complete and accurate a record of Japanese service aircraft as possible, with the hope that all the Allied forces, both in service and under training, will learn to recognize them positively and rapidly ;
  2. To create an interest in the war against Japan, especially in the air ;
  3. Having aroused this interest, to supply the necessary informations about the equipment of the Japanese Army and Navy Air Services, and the theatre in which they operate.
À PROPOS DE CET AUTEUR
John Stroud

John Hector Stroud ( April 3rd, 1919 - March 14th, 2007 ) was born in Balham ( South London, England ). 


Among his earliest memories was a visit to Croydon airport ( South London ) when he was 3 or 4 years old by which time the family had moved to Streatham Common ( Greater London ). Even though he was very young at the time he recalled seeing two de Havilland DH.34 aircraft at the airport. 


In the summer of 1929, the family moved to Hatfield ( Hertfordshire, England ). During the following years ( he left the place around 1935 ), John Stroud was able to see all the mighty Imperial Airways H.P.42's and H.P.45's on their test flights from the Handley Page factory at Radlett ( Hertfordshire ). 


John Stroud clearly had artistic capabilities. In 1933, he went to work for Imperial Airways, and was involved in designing the Imperial Airways cobalt blue livery for their DH.91 Albatross fleet before the war. 


He appears to have been involved with recruitment and information / propaganda ( and possibly even intelligence ) work during the war. John Stroud illustrated a 1942 article on the Chinese Air Force in the Air Training Corps Gazette, which had been written by Captain W.E. Johns - the creator of Biggles


After the war, he had established himself as an authority on aviation, and concentrated on civil aviation.  In 1961 he took over from Owen Thetford as General Editor for Putnam's Aviation List ( later Putnam Aviation Books and Putnam Aeronautical Books ). Many of these books, which were written by expert authors, are now standard reference works on individual manufacturers, British aviation development and airports. 


( sources : www.hatfield-herts.co.uk, www.europeanairlines.no )

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