The outcome of the Pacific War was heavily influenced by the results of naval battles between the Imperial Japanese fleet and the US Navy. One of the key elements was Japan's fighter component, which had gained experience over Manchuria, China and Mongolia in the late 1930's. Flying A5Ms, at least 21 pilots achieved 'acedom' securing air superiority for the invaders. Manufacturer Mitsubishi derived much from these campaigns, producing one of the best fighters of the War, the A6M Zero-Sen. Navy pilots proved to be highly skilled when engaged by the Allied forces, Pacific. Pilots like Nishizawa, Sugita and Sakai scoring more than 60 kills apiece. Following a series of key carrier battles, navy pilots began to operate predominately from shore bases in New Guinea, the Philippines and finally the Japanese home islands. New fighter types like the Raidewn, Shiden/Shiden-kai, Gekko and later versions of the Zero only helped delay the inevitable defeat, and hundreds of naval pilots paid the ultimate price in the final months of war as qkamikazes.qThe outcome of the Pacific War was heavily influenced by the results of naval battles between the Imperial Japanese fleet and the US Navy.
|Title||:||Imperial Japanese Navy Aces 1937-45|
|Publisher||:||Osprey Publishing - 1998|