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B-24 Liberator Vs Ki-43 'Oscar'


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Introduction /Chronology /Design and development /Strategic situation /Technical specifications /The combatants /Combat /Statistics and analysis /Aftermath /Bibliography /Glossary

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The battles between the American B-24 Liberator bombers and the Japanese Ki-43 fighters in Burma and China represent a relatively unique aspect of the annals of air warfare when a fighter not designed for the intercept role managed to inflict heavy damage on opposing bombers due to ideal conditions, good tactics and determined pilots.

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Edward M. Young received his BA in Political Science from Harvard University and his MA from the University of Washington. Prior to his retirement to Seattle, Washington, he was a banker and financial analyst with assignments in New York, London, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. He is the author of several books for Osprey including Combat Aircraft 87: B-24 Liberator Units of the CBI. Jim Laurier is a native of New England and lives in New Hampshire. He attended Paier School of Art in Hamden, Connecticut, from 1974 to 1978, and since graduating with Honors, he has been working professionally in the field of Fine Art and Illustration. He has been commissioned to paint for the US Air Force and has aviation paintings on permanent display at the Pentagon. Jim completed the three-views, armament views, field of fire diagrams and Engaging the Enemy artwork for this volume. Gareth Hector is a digital artist of international standing as well as an aviation history enthusiast. Gareth completed the battlescene and cover artworks for this volume.


"Edward M. Young superbly sets the stage with notes on notions shaping Japanese and American weapons development. After a convenient chronology, contents course through design and technical remarks on both warplanes. Text then turns to 'combatants' and 'combat' -- the impact of training, armament and tactics on battle performance ... Note, too, that Young's B-24 Liberator vs Ki-43 Oscar: China and Burma 1943 perfectly complements his earlier B-24 Liberator vs Ki-43 Oscar: China and Burma 1943 (Combat Aircraft 87) -- another outstanding OSPREY handbook on World War II aerial combat over Southeast Asia." --David L. Veres,"A powerful survey for any military history or aircraft collection." --James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review (August 2012)

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