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Item title: Study of enemy air tactics
Title (kanji)
Location:Australian War Memorial (AWM55 5/37)
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AJRP module: Australian War Memorial official records
AJRP series: Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) publications
AJRP sub-series: ATIS enemy publications
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Location details
Institution: Australian War Memorial
Call number: AWM55 5/37
Inst. series: AWM55
Inst. sub-series: AWM55 5/-
Item: EP-411
Item qualities
Quantity / desc: 9 pages
Access: Open
Item type: Unpublished, Official
Category: Information report, Instruction manual
Item content
Creation date (d/m/y): 10/10/1945
Conflict code: Pacific War (1941-1945)
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Languages: English
Area:Bamban [Philippines, Luzon]
Content: This is an Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) translation of a Japanese publication captured at Bamban, Luzon, on 26 – 27 January 1945 during the Allied campaign to recapture the Philippines. This item is a pamphlet entitled "Study of enemy air tactics" (undated) dealing with Allied bombing and fighter tactics and the methods used by Type 3 Fighters engaging B-17, B-24 and P-38 aircraft. This item contains a general assessment of Allied aerial tactics, including bombing technique, formations and interception methods. It also contains details on the comparative performance of the Type 3 "Tony" fighter against P-38 fighters and bomber aircraft. This document also contains critical observations about the organisation of Allied flying units and the character and skill of Allied pilots. Although "attack spirit" of Allied pilots was deemed high, combat performance was considered poor and "their manoeuvres cannot be considered shrewd".

Though undated, this document most likely relates to the period 1942 and 1943 when contact between Allied and Japanese aircraft was at its highest.
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Last modified:03/05/2009 09:04:48 AM
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