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The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Imperial Naval Air Service, Peter J. Edwards

The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Imperial Naval Air Service, Peter J. Edwards

The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Imperial Naval Air Service, Peter J. Edwards

The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Imperial Naval Air Service, Peter J. Edwards

This book traces the development of Japanese naval aviation from the very earliest steps in 1909, through its early tentative years, to the dramatic rise to dominance of the Japanese Imperial Naval Air Service, its early triumphs in 1941-42 and its eventually decline and destruction at the hands of the Americans. The author, Peter Edwards, served in the RAF from 1945, before developing an interest in military history. Sadly he died in 1992, before this book could be published, and the project was completed by his son.

I must admit I don’t quite know what to make of this book. The earlier chapters contain a few minor errors (in one case aircraft are reported as entering service in the wrong order, in another the production figures for one aircraft are incorrect). A section on the possible fate of Amelia Earhart is also rather peculiar. The writing style is unusual - rather breathless in places, and with a strong Japanese tinge in others (this can be rather effective, as in the use of translations of some Japanese names, an idea that gives a better idea of the lyrical feel of many of these names than is often the case).

The book has two main strengths. First is the author's great knowledge of the individuals behind most developments in the Japanese Imperial Air Service, from the policy makers to the technicians and engineers who designed the aircraft. We thus get a rather more human view of events than is often the case. The second comes in the second half of the war, as the Americans begin to close in on Japan. Here the rather breathless writing style comes into its own, and we get a feel of a scene of panic and impending doom as new aircraft designs fail to live up to expectations, and the unreal atmosphere in which aircraft projects that couldn't produce any results before 1946 or 1947 are approved as the Americans close in on the Home Islands.

Chapters
1 - In the Beginning
2 - The Spreading Wings
3 - To the Misty Lagoon
4 - The Heavenly Castle
5 - Training and Developments
6 - Bringing the Eight Corners of the Earth Under One Roof
7 - Escalating the Shanghai Intervention
8 - Welding of the Weapons
9 - The Chinese Incidents
10 - The Mysterious Islands
11 - The Zero in Conceived
12 - A Dream is Realised
13 - On the Brink
14 - Charge!
15 - The Glorious Seventh
16 - War Amongst the Southern Islands
17 - Flying High
18 - The Fall of the Cherry Blossom
19 - The Final Sortie

Appendices
1 - An Analysis of Imperial Military Aviation Organisation
2 - Purchases by the Imperial Naval Air Service

Author: Peter J. Edwards
Edition: Hardcover
Pages: 346
Publisher: Pen & Sword Aviation
Year: 2010



The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Imperial Naval Air Service

The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Imperial Naval Air Service goes beyond the normal historical accounts and explores the aircraft, ships and personnel that shaped the Japanese Imperial Naval Air Service from its origins in the late 19th century to its demise in 1945.

Through vivid accounts of the air and sea battles that raged across the Pacific the book illustrates how the United States re-established its military dominance and finally dropped the world’s first atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

A detailed history of the events that led to Japan’s audacious attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 and the bloody conflict that followed. “Extremely well-written narrative history.” Aviation News

“The book is a definite must for anyone interested in Japanese aircraft development.” Warships International Fleet Review

RISE AND FALL OF THE JAPANESE IMPERIAL NAVAL AIR SERVICE
By Peter Edwards

Format: Available in hardback and e-book
ISBN/EAN: 9781844681587
Published by Pen and Sword Books, October 2010.

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“The book is a definite must for anyone interested in Japanese aircraft development.” Warships International Fleet Review

Peter Edwards goes beyond the normal historical accounts and explores the aircraft, ships and personnel that shaped the Japanese Imperial Naval Air Service from its origins in the late 19th century to its demise in 1945.

Through vivid accounts of the air and sea battles that raged across the Pacific the book illustrates how the United States re-established its military dominance and finally dropped the world’s first atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The book begins his account with a brief look at Japanese pre-history when Japan was a closed country. By the nineteenth century the country had begun to be more open to foreign visitors and a British Naval Mission was established in Japan as early as 1867. The book goes on to provide a thorough and compelling account of the political and military events that shaped history in the Pacific in the first half of the twentieth century.

Following a number successful flights of fixed-wing aircraft in the USA and Europe at the turn of the century the Japanese navy sent several officers to train as pilots in Europe. During the First World War Japan became allied with the UK and played a significant part in keeping German ships and submarines at bay in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. However, as a result of the international naval treaties that followed the war and the limitations that were put on the development of the Japanese Navy the country felt betrayed.

During the 1930s Japan began the development of a number of new aircraft carriers and torpedo bombers.

Military expansion saw an increase in imperialistic expansion too and led to the occupation of Pacific islands and the invasion of eastern China. Whilst in 1937 the famous American aviator Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan disappeared mysteriously amongst the Japanese occupied islands in the Pacific, during their highly publicised world flight.

Japan developed a great deal of military experience during their invasion and occupation of parts of China. The breakdown in political relations with USA in 1941 resulted in Japan becoming allied with Germany, Italy and Vichy France during the Second World War. There then followed devastating attacks on Pearl Harbor, the Philippines, the Southern Islands, Port Darwin and New Guinea. British forces were decimated in the attacks and the United States recoiled at the Japanese onslaught.

Throughout the bloody conflict in the Pacific many great sea battles were fought and the name Zero became legendary, as did the suicide missions flown by the Kamikaze pilots in a desperate attempt to stop the approaching American forces.

Japan eventually capitulated after the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Following these attacks Japan surrendered and the Japanese Imperial Air Service was disbanded.


The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Imperial Naval Air Service Kindle Edition

Frankly a very poor book. Being honest it looks like an inadequate translation of some form of Japanese propaganda text. For Example, basic information about the Battle of Midway is incorrect. The text repeatedly hammers the reader with suggestions that the British Empire was lost due to an American plot. It uses constantly hysterically anti US and British cant - describing the IJN as a major force against the Barbarian Expansion - hmmmm, I wonder! The text also fails completely to indicate why Japanese operations failed - and solely talks as if the Japanese were the sinned against in the Pacific war.

The text also appears to accept Japanese claims as to losses absorbed and inflicted at face value. If you have examined (for example) the Japanese campaign in the initial months of the war, it rapidly becomes clear that according to the IJNAF and IJAAF that they thought they had shot down 3500 aircraft - in a few days. I hate to disabuse the author on this subject, but the RAAF, RNZAF, and RAF, plus the USN, and USAAF did not have that many planes in areas in which the Japanese could attack. Indeed my count implies the Allies had fewer planes than that between Gibraltar and Pearl Harbour - thus including the Middle East, South West Pacific, Asia, The Philippines, and Pearl Harbour itself. Total nonsense then.

Even more alarming is the total inability to count - for example, the author talks about the IJN having 10 carriers available on the 6th of June (I presume these are Hiyo - a conversion from a liner, Shokaku (crippled at the Coral Sea), Zuikaku (air group mauled at the coral sea), Akagi, Kaga, Hiryu, Soryu, Ryujo (mis-identified as a conversion from a liner - she was actually built from the keel up as a carrier), Hosho (the smallest IJN carrier), and Zuiho - another light carrier. Now that is as far as I can see correct. The author then states that after the losses at midway (note that I have deleted Shoho, sunk during the Coral Sea in May 1942 already) the Japanese had 5 carriers. Hmmm lose 4 at midway, you still have 6!

Then we get to the listing of air crew losses at Midway - he grossly overestimated USN losses from Enterprise, Yorktown and Hornet (Hornets air wing more or less missed the battle) whilst equally over claiming Japanese losses. He also claims all IJN carriers in Kido Butai were about to launch their "second strike". Well read "Shattered Sword" and several other texts - which all clearly refute the nonsensical claim that the Japanese carriers had air strikes spotted. Maybe one carrier had 3 planes on deck - the rest did not.

Mind you credit where its due - the author does mention that the IJN scuttled their carriers at Midway (which appears correct according to IJN reports). Other failings include a lack of narrative consistency - so in the middle of a description of a battle (usually using the IJN name for said action) he will tangentialise and consider aircraft in the design process.

He also repeatedly confuses cause of loss of ships in the book - Savo Island was apparently a carrier strike (erm, no, it was a Japanese cruiser force that did the damage), while he claims that Enterprise and Saratoga or Hornet (I really cannot be bothered checking which of the later he claimed) sank Hiei and Kirishima. Hiei was crippled by USN cruisers, bombed by the cactus airforce and then scuttled, whilst Kirishima was effectively crippled and or sunk by USS Washington - with no help from airpower, carrier based or otherwise.

The use of the English language is also suspect in multiple instances. This is very disappointing - and makes the text very hard to comprehend. Finally the illustrations are very much an indication of his views on the war - no sinking Japanese carriers, merely damaged or sinking Allied carriers.

Wikipedia is more use in examining the IJN's operations in WW2. Don't buy this book.


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This book describes in considerable detail the people, events ships and aircraft that shaped the Air Service from its origins in the late 19th century to its demise in 1945. The formative years began when a British Naval Mission was established in Japan in 1867 to advise on the development of balloons for naval purposes. After the first successful flights of fixed-wing aircraft in the USA and Europe, the Japanese navy sent several officers to train in Europe as pilots and imported a steady stream of new models to evaluate. During World War One Japan became allied with the UK and played a significant part in keeping the German fleets of ships and submarines at bay in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. However, in the international naval treaties that followed they felt betrayed, since the number of capital ships, battleships and cruisers, that they were allowed was below those of the USA and the UK. Aircraft carriers were not included, so a programme of carrier building was started and continued until World War Two. At the same time they developed an aircraft industry and at the beginning of war their aeroplanes were comparable, and in some instances superior, to those of the British and Americans. Much pre-war experience was gained during Japan s invasion of China, but their continued anger with America festered and resulted in their becoming allied with Germany, Italy and the Vichy France during World War Two. There followed massive successful attacks on Pearl Harbor, the Philippines, the Southern Islands, Port Darwin and New Guinea. The British were decimated and the USA recoiled at the onslaught, taking over a year to regroup and take the war to the Imperial Japanese forces. Throughout the conflict many sea battles were fought and the name Zero became legendary. When Japan eventually capitulated after the Atomic bombs were dropped the Japanese Imperial Air Service was disbanded.

An immensely detailed account of how the Imperial Japanese Government embraced the concept of Air Power and how they developed Naval Aviation from before WW1 to the final defeat in 1945.
This book is a triumph for Peter Edward's son Richard.

Fleet Air Arm Officers Association - Nov 2011

The book is a definite must for anyone interested in Japanese aircraft development and I definitely recommended it.

Warships International Fleet Review - July 2011

New material previously unpublished is included, within an extremely well-written narrative history.

Aviation News - July 2011

Edwards' work goes well beyond the dramatic images of the Japanese World War II air power unleashed at Pearl Harbor, the infamous Zeros, and desperate bravery of the kamikazes which have become an indelible part of popular history. Although the "rise and fall" phrase of the title denotes the bulk of the content, the book is a history of Japanese air interests and air power from their origins and early developments preceding World War II.

The growth of Japanese air power both paralleled and interacted with the growth in European countries and the United States. In close cooperation, Japanese engineers, military planners, politicians, and industrialists--and Japanese royalty too--pursued their country's path of development as they were also taking what they could from Western aircraft design, manufacture, and tactics and sometimes working directly with Westerners.

Like Western military aviation, Japan's began with balloons. About the time when these were first employed in warfare in Western nations, Western countries already had diplomatic missions in Japan. The British opened a diplomatic mission in the 1860s. And in World War I, Japan was an Asian ally of Britain and the Allies which used early war planes to bomb German warships in Chinese harbors and disrupt German naval activity in the Pacific. After World War I, Japan participated in aviation testing programs in the United States while keeping up with the most advanced aviation developments in England and Germany.

At the outbreak of World War II, Japan had an advanced, well-trained, formidable air force as a part of its Imperial Navy. The air force was closely associated with the Imperial Navy because it had concentrated on building aircraft carriers since these were not covered specifically in the global disarmament following World War I.

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Peter Edwards served in the RAF from 1945 and later became a school teacher. He maintained a life-long passion for military history and has had numerous magazine articles published.


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“The Lancaster Mk III had a crew of seven, which was made up of the pilot, flight engineer, navigator, bomb aimer, wireless operator, mid-upper gunner and rear gunner. During the Second World War Lancaster bombers took part in 156,192 missions and dropped a total of 608,612 tons of bombs. Of the 7,374 manufactured 3,431 were lost in action and 246 were destroyed due to operational accidents. Only 35 Lancaster aircraft managed to complete one-hundred operations, with the most successful completing one-hundred and thirty nine.”

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Guy Gibson: Legend of the Dam Busters by Richard Edwards is a new ebook that tells the dramatic story of a renowned British flying legend and his leadership of Bomber Command’s infamous raid on the Ruhr dams in May 1943.

The book looks at the development of the bouncing bomb and the intense wrangling within the RAF that almost stopped it from getting off the drawing board.

It also reveals the truth behind the mysterious air crash that one year later cost Gibson his life, including why the RAF chose to keep the actual cause of the crash a secret.

Other titles from Richard Edwards

Heroes and Landmarks of British Aviation by Richard and Peter Edwards is published by Pen and Sword. Read the first chapter at Amazon’s Kindle store. The book tells the dramatic story of Britain’s aviation industry from the earliest pioneers to the government nationalisations that fashioned its destiny. The heroes are Britain’s most innovative aviators, those who persevered to be the first into the air, to fly the highest, the fastest and the furthest.

The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Imperial Naval Air Service is published by Pen and Sword. Read the first chapter at Amazon’s Kindle store. Through vivid accounts of the air and sea battles that raged across the Pacific the book provides an in-depth history of the Japanese Imperial Naval Air Service. Aviation News said “New material previously unpublished is included, within an extremely well-written narrative history.”


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Heroes and Landmarks of British Aviation tells the dramatic story of Britain’s greatest aviation pioneers, from the sweat of the workshops, to the board rooms and government nationalisations. Each chapter explores the achievements, triumphs and tragedies of a one particular pioneer to provide a compelling history of 20th Century British aviation.

An introduction to three of Britain’s greatest aviation heroes and their outstanding contribution to the Second World War. This edition includes the legendary Dam Buster Guy Gibson: Legend of the Dam Busters, Bismarck hero John Moffat: Legend of the Bismarck and the man who invented the Spitfire, RJ Mitchell: Legend of the Spitfire.

Guy Gibson: Legend of the Dam Busters tells the dramatic story of a renowned British flying legend and his leadership of the most famous bombing mission of the Second World War. Guy Gibson, probably the most famous bomber pilot of the war, led the squadron that took on the infamous Dam Buster raid over occupied Germany.

John Moffat: Legend of the Bismarck, the remarkable story of a Fleet Air Arm pilot who, with a single torpedo, delivered from an obsolete biplane, in a force nine gale, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, brought about the demise of Nazi Germany’s most powerful battleship, the Bismarck, from the hunt to her dramatic end.

RJ Mitchell: Legend of the Spitfire recounts the extraordinary achievements of one of Britain’s greatest aviation legends, the man responsible for creating Britain’s most iconic fighter aircraft from the Second World War, the Supermarine Spitfire that helped to fend of potential invasion and led to victory in the Battle of Britain.

This title offers two dramatic and highly contrasting stories of how British pilots took the air war to the Nazi’s and won, against seemingly impossible odds, Guy Gibson: Legend of the Dam Busters, the story of a the man who led the infamous Dam Busters raid and John Moffat: Legend of the Bismarck the Fleet Air Arm pilot who stopped the Bismarck.

The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Imperial Naval Air Service explores the aircraft, ships and personnel that shaped Japan’s Naval Air Service from its origins to its demise in 1945. Through vivid accounts, the book illustrates the air and sea battles of the Pacific war that culminated in the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


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“An excellent book to read at this time during the anniversary of the bombing of the German dams by what seemed impossible odds.” Review.

‘Guy Gibson: Legend of the Dam Busters’ tells the dramatic story of a renowned British flying legend and his leadership of the infamous raid on the Ruhr dams in May 1943, providing a fitting and timely tribute to a truly courageous aviator.

This short introduction to the Dambusters raid is the first chapter of ‘British Flying Legends’ a new book by Richard Edwards and is around the length of a short story, approximately 30 printed pages.

‘Guy Gibson: Legend of the Dam Busters’ is a concise account of Bomber Command’s most accomplished aviator and their most famous raid of the Second World War. It gives the reader an immediate and straightforward insight into the life and personality of Guy Gibson and is aimed at people who are looking for an uncomplicated account of a significant part of British wartime history. Other more in-depth titles are available for people who are looking for definitive or academic reading and you should consider those first if that’s what you’re looking for.

In addition to exploring the Dambusters raid this book looks at Gibson’s childhood, his RAF career and the development of the bouncing bomb, including the intense wrangling within the RAF that almost stopped it from getting off the drawing board. It also reveals the truth behind the mysterious air crash that one year later cost Gibson and his navigator, Jim Warwick, their lives and why the RAF chose to keep the cause of the crash a secret.

Each further chapter of ‘British Flying Legends’ will examine the life and achievements of a different aviation legend from the twentieth-century. Richard will release each chapter individually, as well as in a single volume, allowing the reader to either pick and choose the topics that they are interested in or to read the whole set.

To find out more about the ‘British Flying Legends’ series visit Richard’s website and blog at http://richardedwards.info.

Richard Edwards lives in Sussex and writes both fiction and non-fiction, with a particular interest in military history, biography and adventure. He has published ‘The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Imperial Naval Air Service’ and ‘Heroes and Landmarks of British Aviation’, which are available in hardback and ebook through Pen and Sword Aviation. For more information visit http://richardedwards.info.

‘RJ Mitchell: Legend of the Spitfire’ recounts the extraordinary achievements of one of Britain’s greatest aviation legends, the man responsible for creating Britain’s most iconic fighter aircraft, the Supermarine Spitfire.

The book, which is around the length of a short story, approximately 40 printed pages, gives the reader a concise and straightforward insight into the life of RJ Mitchell, his role in the prestigious Schneider Trophy air-races and the development of the astonishing aircraft that he created, including the Supermarine S4 and the Spitfire.

‘RJ Mitchell: Legend of the Spitfire’ goes on to explore the aircraft that evolved from the Spitfire, including the Seafire, Spiteful and Seafang, as well as the Spitfire on the silver screen, recounting its role in a number of classic British war films.

Reginald Joseph Mitchell worked his way up from the workshop to become Supermarine’s technical director. During his tragically short career he designed twenty-four aircraft, including those that won the prestigious Schneider Trophy air-race an astonishing five times, eventually winning the trophy in perpetuity for Great Britain.

It was RJ Mitchell’s revolutionary design for the Supermarine S4, an all-wooden racing seaplane intended for the 1925 Schneider air-race, which finally evolved into the Spitfire. Sadly, ill-health intervened and Mitchell did not live to see the Spitfire in action or to witness the invaluable contribution that it made in the defence of Great Britain during the Second World War.

‘RJ Mitchell: Legend of the Spitfire’ is aimed at those looking for an immediate and uncomplicated account of a significant part of British aviation history. Other titles explore the Spitfire and its operational history, including the Battle of Britain, in more detail. If this is what you’re looking for then perhaps you should consider one of those titles first.

This is the third chapter of ‘British Flying Legends’, a series of eBooks from Richard Edwards, which chronicles the lives and achievements of some of Britain’s greatest flying legends. Richard will release each chapter individually and in a single volume, allowing the reader to pick the topics that they are interested in or to read the whole set.

To find out more about ‘RJ Mitchell: Legend of the Spitfire’ and the ‘British Flying Legends’ series visit Richard’s website and blog at http://richardedwards.info.

Richard Edwards lives in Sussex and writes both fiction and non-fiction, with a particular interest in military history, biography and adventure. He has published ‘Guy Gibson: Legend of the Dambusters’ and ‘John Moffat: Legend of the Bismarck’, the first two chapters of ‘British Flying Legends’, as well as ‘The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Imperial Naval Air Service’ and ‘Heroes and Landmarks of British Aviation’, which are published by Pen and Sword Books (Aviation) in hardback and eBook. For more information visit http://richardedwards.info.

‘John Moffat: Legend of the Bismarck’ tells the remarkable story of a Fleet Air Arm pilot and flying legend who, with a single torpedo strike, delivered from an obsolete biplane, in a force nine gale, in the middle of the Atlantic, brought about the sinking of Nazi Germany’s most powerful battleship, the Bismarck.

This short book gives the reader a concise and straightforward insight into the achievements of John Moffat and one of the Second World War’s most infamous sea battles, the Royal Navy’s frantic search and subsequent sinking of the Bismarck in May 1941.

‘John Moffat: Legend of the Bismarck’ is the second chapter of ‘British Flying Legends’ a new book by Richard Edwards and this particular chapter is around the length of a short story, approximately 35 printed pages.

In addition to exploring John Moffat’s early life and his role in the sinking of the Bismarck, this book also looks at the dramatic sinking of HMS Hood and the loss of over 1,400 of her crew during the short Battle of the Denmark Strait, the story of HMS Ark Royal and the aircraft that helped deliver the decisive torpedo attacks, including the out-dated Fairey Swordfish biplane.

The book is aimed at those looking for an immediate and uncomplicated account of a truly significant part of British wartime history. Other more in-depth titles are available for people who are interested in definitive or academic reading and you should consider those first if that’s what you’re looking for.

Further chapters from ‘British Flying Legends’ will examine the lives and achievements of other aviation legends from the twentieth-century. Richard will release each chapter individually, as compendiums and, in time, as in a single volume, allowing the reader to pick the topics that they are interested in or to read the whole set.

To find out more about the ‘British Flying Legends’ series visit Richard’s website and blog at http://richardedwards.info.

Richard Edwards lives in Sussex and writes both fiction and non-fiction, with a particular interest in military history, biography and adventure. He has published ‘Guy Gibson: Legend of the Dambusters’, the first chapter of ‘British Flying Legends’ for Kindle, as well as ‘The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Imperial Naval Air Service’ and ‘Heroes and Landmarks of British Aviation’, which are published by Pen and Sword Books (Aviation) in hardback and eBook. For more information visit http://richardedwards.info.

This special eBook presents the first and second chapters of ‘British Flying Legends’ together in one volume.

‘Guy Gibson: Legend of the Dam Busters’ tells the dramatic story of a renowned British flying legend and his leadership of the infamous raid on the Ruhr dams in May 1943, providing a fitting and timely tribute to a truly courageous aviator.

‘John Moffat: Legend of the Bismarck’ tells the remarkable story of a Fleet Air Arm pilot and flying legend who, with a single torpedo strike, delivered from an obsolete biplane, in a force nine gale, in the middle of the Atlantic, brought about the sinking of Nazi Germany’s most powerful battleship, the Bismarck.

These two short eBooks are each around the length of a short story and combine in this single volume to be approximately 70 printed pages.

‘Guy Gibson: Legend of the Dam Busters’ is a concise account of Bomber Command’s most accomplished aviator and their most famous raid of the Second World War. In addition to exploring the Dambusters raid it looks at Gibson’s childhood, his RAF career and the development of the bouncing bomb, including the intense wrangling within the RAF that almost stopped it from getting off the drawing board. It also reveals the truth behind the mysterious air crash that one year later cost Gibson and his navigator, Jim Warwick, their lives and why the RAF chose to keep the cause of the crash a secret.

‘John Moffat: Legend of the Bismarck’ gives an insight into one of the Fleet Air Arm’s greatest unsung heroes and his part in the Second World War’s most infamous sea battle, the Royal Navy’s frantic search and subsequent sinking of the Bismarck. This chapter also looks at the tragic loss of HMS Hood during the Battle of the Denmark Strait and the story of HMS Ark Royal and her aircraft that helped deliver the decisive torpedo attacks, not least of all, the out-dated Fairey Swordfish biplane.

This eBook is aimed at those looking for an immediate and uncomplicated account of two truly outstanding legends of British aviation history. There are other more in-depth titles available, which may be more suited to people interested in definitive or academic reading, you should consider those first if that’s what you’re looking for.

Further chapters from ‘British Flying Legends’ will examine the lives and achievements of other aviation legends from the twentieth-century. The chapters are being released individually, in short compendiums and, in due course, as a single volume, allowing readers to either pick the topics that they are interested in or to read the whole set.

To find out more about the ‘British Flying Legends’ series visit Richard’s website and blog at http://richardedwards.info.

Richard Edwards lives in Sussex and writes both fiction and non-fiction, with a particular interest in military history, biography and adventure. He has published ‘The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Imperial Naval Air Service’ and ‘Heroes and Landmarks of British Aviation’, which are available in hardback and eBook through Pen and Sword Aviation.


Australia’s Most Highly Decorated Airman of WWII – Dambuster Flt Lt Dave Shannon

Australian Flight Lieutenant Dave Shannon with Gibson’s rear-gunner, Flight Lieutenant RD Trevor-Roper and Squadron Leader GW Holden, all of the RAF’s Dambuster 617 Squadron on 22 July 1943.

Shannon was the most highly decorated Australian airman who served during the Second World War.

Guy Gibson: Legend of the Dam Busters by Richard Edwards is a new ebook that tells the dramatic story of a renowned British flying legend and his leadership of Bomber Command’s infamous raid on the Ruhr dams in May 1943.

The book looks at the development of the bouncing bomb and the intense wrangling within the RAF that almost stopped it from getting off the drawing board.

It also reveals the truth behind the mysterious air crash that one year later cost Gibson his life, including why the RAF chose to keep the actual cause of the crash a secret.

Other titles from Richard Edwards

Heroes and Landmarks of British Aviation by Richard and Peter Edwards is published by Pen and Sword. Read the first chapter at Amazon’s Kindle store. The book tells the dramatic story of Britain’s aviation industry from the earliest pioneers to the government nationalisations that fashioned its destiny. The heroes are Britain’s most innovative aviators, those who persevered to be the first into the air, to fly the highest, the fastest and the furthest.

The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Imperial Naval Air Service is published by Pen and Sword. Read the first chapter at Amazon’s Kindle store. Through vivid accounts of the air and sea battles that raged across the Pacific the book provides an in-depth history of the Japanese Imperial Naval Air Service. Aviation News said “New material previously unpublished is included, within an extremely well-written narrative history.”


The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Imperial Naval Air Service, Peter J. Edwards - History

This new section of the Bibliography sub-pages aims at only one thing: to be a complete listing of all Pacific War related books, articles, manuscripts, papers, and dissertations.
Sorted by author and type of book (i.e. biography, ship design etc.) Biographies Agawa Hiroyuki,
The Reluctant Admiral: Yamamoto and the Imperial Navy
Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 1979, Tokyo: Kodansha International, 1979
Arpee, E.:
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Lake Forest, Il.: By the author, 1953
Behr, Edward,
Hirohito: The Man Behind the Myth
New York: Villard, 1989
Browne, Courtney,
Tojo: The Last Banzai
New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1967
Buell, Thomas B.,
Master of Sea-Power: A Biography of Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King
Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1980
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The Quiet Warrior: A Biography of Admiral Raymond A. Spruance
Boston: Little, Brown, 1974
Clark, Admiral J.J., U.S.N. (Ret.), with Clark Reynolds,
Carrier Admiral
New York: David McKay, 1967
Clark, Ronald,
The Man Who Broke Purple: The Life of William F. Friedman, Who Deciphered the Japanese Codes in World War II
Boston: Little, Brown, 1977
Connell, John,
Wavell: Supreme Commander, 1941 -- 1943, Micheal Roberts, Ed.
London: Collins, 1969
Davis, Burke,
Marine: The Life of Chesty Puller
New York: Bantam Books, 1984
Donovan, Robert J.,
PT-109: John F. Kennedy in World War II
Greenwich, Conn.: Fawcett, 1962
Emerson, John K.,
The Japanese Threat: A Life in the U.S. Foreign Service
New York: Holt, Reinhart & Winston, 1978
Forrestel, E.P.,
Admiral Raymond A. Spruance, U.S.N.: A Study in Command
Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1966
Gay, George H.,
Sole Survivor
Naples Ad/Graphics Services, 1979
Leutze, James,
A Different Kind of Victory: A Biography of Admiral Thomas C. Hart
Naval Institute Press, 1981
Halsey, Fleet Admiral William F., U.S.N. (Ret.), and Lt. Comdr J Bryan III, USNR,
Admiral Halsey's Story
New York: Whittlesey House, 1947
Potter, Elmer B.,
Bull Halsey
Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 1985
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Nimitz
Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 1976
Prange, Gordon W., with Donald M. Goldstein and Katherine V. Dillon,
God's Samurai: Lead Pilot at Pearl Harbor
Washington, D.C.: Brassey's, 1990
Reynolds, Clark G.,
Admiral John H. Towers: The Struggle for Naval Air Supremacy
Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 1991
Taylor, Theodore,
The Magnificent Mitscher
Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 1954 Dissertations and Papers Barde, Robert Elmer,
"The Battle of Midway: A Study in Command"
Ph.D. dissertation, University of Maryland, 1971
Campbell, Mark A.,
"The Influence of Air Power upon the Evolution of Battle Doctrine in the U.S. Navy, 1922 -- 1941"
M.A. thesis, University of Massachusetts, 1992
Chihaya Masataka,
"The Judgement of the Japanese Navy on the War with the United States"
Unpublished manuscript, 1946
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