'EAGLES Of The SOUTHERN SKY' is a mammoth work researched and written by two WW2 authors, four contributing editors, and nine specialists whose expertise is the Pacific air war. The authors are Michael John Claringbould and Luca Ruffato, supported by the niche expertise of Steve Birdsall, Larry Hickey, Ed DeKiep, and Gordon Birkett.

You can read the biographies on each by clicking above on 'CREATORS'

The specialists who generously assisted (see 'Acknowledgements') are Kamada Minoru (Japan), Richard L. Dunn (U.S.A.), Jim Long (USA), Bernard Baeza (France), Justin Taylan (U.S.A), Peter Boer (Holland), Harumi Sakaguchi (Japan), Japanese aircraft markings specialist Nick Millman and Japanese WW2 historian Takeda Nobuyuki.


On Saturday 6 September 2014, Pacific Air War Historical Associates (PAWHA) intend to hold their annual convention in Hawaii, where they will hold a book signing and speech event at the Pacific National Monument (VIPNM). Author Michael Claringbould will talk on the Tainan Kokutai in New Guinea, whilst other PAWHA luminaries will talk as follows; Henry Sakaida and Gary Nila plan to do a joint presentation on IJN submarine I-400, Jim Lansdale will give a presentation on the colors of the attacking Japanese planes at Pearl Harbor, Larry Hickey will speak about Fifth Air Force bomber units, Rick Dunn will present on the Louis Zamperini search mission & capture, and Osamu Tagaya will present a specialist aviation related topic.

You are welcome to come and participate in the public forums associated with this event.

'EAGLES of the SOUTHERN SKY' (Volume One - ISBN 978-0-473-21763-1) covers the history of the Tainan Naval Air Group ONLY in New Guinea, including its Rabaul operatons, from 1 April through to mid-November 1942 (NOTE - it does NOT cover the East Indies or Guadalcanal campaigns). The book sets new benchmarks for historical detail, for the first time accurately portraying its markings. Both Japanese and Allied accounts have been fully reconciled. The book has:

- 352-pages (44 in color), and is printed on quality semi-gloss stock, 11" x 8.5" in size, with text laid out in double columns. Front and rear softcovers are shown above;

- the substantive text of 167,297 words complemented with;

- color profiles of: 33 Tainan Zero fighters with history of each, 42 Allied aircraft against whom they fought, including RAAF No. 75 Squadron Kittyhawks, and 18 of Japanese aircraft with whom the Tainan fought alongside;

- more than 300 rare B&W photos, most never published before, from both Allied & Japanese sources;

- 26 historically-accurate paintings of combat over New Guinea, created from reference to aerial photography of the particular areas of New Guinea in which battles took place, and;

- detailed maps and appendices on losses, Tainan markings, crew rosters, losses and kills appendices, and full index (see samples of all of above in 'Book Tour'.)

The book is available world-wide, via several distributors. We suggest you make U.S orders via PACIFIC GHOSTS. Their website is ready to take your order (including wholesale).

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