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XyZspineZyX
10-17-2003, 08:55 PM
As some Japanese aircraft are coming to FB I was looking for some books about them. I saw one, "Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War" by RJ Francillon, which looked comprehensive. Anyone got it? Any other books that could be recommened?

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XyZspineZyX
10-17-2003, 08:55 PM
As some Japanese aircraft are coming to FB I was looking for some books about them. I saw one, "Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War" by RJ Francillon, which looked comprehensive. Anyone got it? Any other books that could be recommened?

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XyZspineZyX
10-17-2003, 09:40 PM
I highly recommend "Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War" by RJ Francillon. Really, a must.


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XyZspineZyX
10-18-2003, 12:51 AM
The Mikesh book on the Zero is nice.

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XyZspineZyX
10-18-2003, 12:56 AM
Yes the Motorbooks "Zero" is a great reference. I got my copy cheap in the Amazon "used" section.

XyZspineZyX
10-18-2003, 01:19 AM
You interested in Japanese Army or Navy aircraft? Or both?

XyZspineZyX
10-18-2003, 02:00 AM
Yes, Francillon's "Japanese Aircraft Of The Pacific War" is simply the best single reference out there.

I also agree that Motorbooks publishes nice reference books.

Schiffer publishes some nice, inexpensive books on individual Japanese planes, such as this on the Ki-61:

http://www.schifferbooks.com/military/aviationjaprus/images/0764300695.gif


Check them out here:
http://www.schifferbooks.com/military/aviationjaprus/index.html


Koku-Fan, a Japanese publisher, also has nice books, but they are in Japanese, and usually used.





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XyZspineZyX
10-18-2003, 03:26 AM
Francillon's book is very good. His book on the Vietnam (naval) air war titled Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club is also excellent. Probably the two best researched military aviation books of all time are the:

The First Team and the First Team and the Guadalcanal Campaign. They are written by Lundstrom and published by the Naval Institute Press. The vantage point is not Japanese but these two books have more detail than any other texts on WWII air battles than anything else I have seen (about 1200 pages covering 11 months of conflict). The books contain an evaluation of the Zero and a great deal of detail on ACM.

Japanese Naval Aces and Fighter Units in World War II is a work translated from the Japanese. A lot of detail and profiles of pilots but the victory claims made by the Japanese are almost sad. Mikesh and Abe have a volume by Putnam (reprinted by the Naval Institute) on Japanese Aircraft 1910-1941.

Smith's book on the development of aircraft piston engines (Sunflower Press) has a good section on Japanese engine development.

I recently read (but don't have a personal copy) a book called Kaigun which is a history of the Japanese Navy from approximately 1865 until 1943. The focus is on technical and strategic development and planning. The same authors also have a book called Sunburst which is a history of the development of Japanese Naval Aviation. I have Sunburst but have not read it.

A site with some links to aviation resources is:

http://www.combinedfleet.com/

There are many other books by U.S. and Japanese pilots or books written about pilots or units but I am not aware of any other comprehensive books on Japanese aviation. I think there is a lot published in Japanese but not available in translation.

XyZspineZyX
10-18-2003, 04:27 AM
Another vote for Francillon's book. Absolutely the best book and reference guide of Japanese aircraft. Only thing is that all photos and illustrations are black and white (probably to maintain consistency throughout the book). This is nit-picking. I love this book.

XyZspineZyX
10-18-2003, 06:16 AM
GMichaelP wrote:
- I recently read (but don't have a personal copy) a
- book called Kaigun which is a history of the
- Japanese Navy from approximately 1865 until 1943.
- The focus is on technical and strategic development
- and planning. The same authors also have a book
- called Sunburst which is a history of the
- development of Japanese Naval Aviation. I have
- Sunburst but have not read it.

These two books are very good for anyone interested by the development of the IJN and IJNA.

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XyZspineZyX
10-18-2003, 10:47 AM
Francillon's Book is a must in a aviation library.

I also recommend Rbert C Mikesh & Shorzoe Abe's "Japanese Aircraft 1910-1941"

It covers aviation in Japan in a way not covered in other books, from its origin to Pearl Harbor. Excellent. An eye opener on how aviation developed in Japan, particularly military.

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XyZspineZyX
10-18-2003, 01:06 PM
UberDemon wrote:
- Francillon's Book is a must in a aviation library.
-
- I also recommend Rbert C Mikesh & Shorzoe Abe's
- "Japanese Aircraft 1910-1941"
-
- It covers aviation in Japan in a way not covered in
- other books, from its origin to Pearl Harbor.
- Excellent. An eye opener on how aviation developed
- in Japan, particularly military.
-
- Best Regards,
- Demon/├┼ôberDemon
- uberdemon@uberdemon.com
- http://www.uberdemon.com
-

That's another good one. Putnam publishing I believe.

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XyZspineZyX
10-18-2003, 03:16 PM
Thanks to everyone for their replies, I have ordered Francillon's book and will look at some of the others recommened as well.

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