|Item title:||Study of enemy air tactics|
|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|
|Institution:||Australian War Memorial|
|Call number:||AWM55 5/37|
|Inst. sub-series:||AWM55 5/-|
|Quantity / desc:||9 pages|
|Item type:||Unpublished, Official|
|Category:||Information report, Instruction manual|
|Creation date (d/m/y):||10/10/1945|
|Conflict code:||Pacific War (1941-1945)|
|Keywords:||JAPANESE AIRCRAFT, BOMBERS, FIGHTERS, AERIAL OPERATIONS, STRAFING, PILOTS - AVIATION|
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|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.
|Last modified:||03/05/2009 09:04:48 AM|
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