Avonmore Books | South Pacific Air War: Vol. 5

Reviewed by Kevin Williams

Publisher: Avonmore Books
Author: Michael Claringbould, Peter Ingman
Publishing Date: 2022
ISBN: 978-0-6489262-9-0
Pages: 136

While not a new series from Avonmore, this volume (South Pacific Air War Vol. 5), is a first for me, and follows along similar lines as other books from this publisher and author. A nice addition to those with a passion for this theater of operations during WW II. This fifth volume of the South Pacific Air War chronicles aerial warfare in the Papua New Guinea area theater, exploring the period of September-December, 1942, and it's overall impact.

This particular volume, again depicts some of the more rather well known Pacific combatants, specifically the American A-20, P-38 and P-40 as well as the Japanese Ki-43 and Val, and it’s representative material; with a few profile drawings.

This work, being dedicated once again to the South Pacific (1942 time-frame) arena, and specifically the New Guinea area, offers up some worthwhile coverage of quite a few aircraft in that theater; a great wealth of data to add for those that seek information regarding these types of aircraft working from those environments.

Well researched, documented and readable are the hallmarks of the titles from this author, and offers hours of enjoyable reading.

To me, the high point of this volume, is the overall appeal of the subject matter, combined with numerous interesting facts about the campaigns in the Pacific, all packaged in a smooth, attractive presentation.

Typical Photo/Illustration Quality to be Found Throughout

Even if you have just a passing interest in the pacific air war, you can’t go wrong with the purchase of this book and you may just become a fan, as I most certainly am.

(Not a selling point, as such, but the cover has a nice tactile "feel" to it, reflecting, in my opinion, a dedication to overall quality of presentation that I very much like.)

On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d rate this book as a solid 10, no question about it.

My review copy compliments of Casemate Publishers. Many thanks to Casemate, it's truly an outstanding reference book for the Pacific theater of war in general, really top-notch stuff.

© Kevin Williams 2023

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This review was published on Thursday, November 09 2023; Last modified on Saturday, November 11 2023