P-39/P-400 Airacobra vs A6M2/3 Zero-sen

New Guinea 1942

Author: Michael John Claringbould

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 80

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After the huge advances made in the early months of the Pacific war, it was in remote New Guinea where the advance of Imperial Japanese Naval Air Force (IJNAF) A6M Zero-sen fighters was first halted due to a series of offensive and defensive aerial battles ranging from treetop height up to 30,000 ft. Initially, the IJNAF fought Australian Kittyhawks, but by May 1942 they had fought themselves into oblivion, and were relieved by USAAF P-39 and P-400 Airacobras. The battles unfolded over mountainous terrain with treacherous tropical weather. Neither IJNAF or USAAF pilots had been trained for such extreme conditions, incurring many additional losses aside from those that fell in combat. Using specially commissioned artwork and contemporary photographs and testimony, this fascinating study explains how, despite their initial deficit in experience and equipment, the Airacobras managed to square the ledger and defend New Guinea.

P-47D Thunderbolt vs Ki-43-II Oscar

New Guinea 1943–44

Author: Michael John Claringbould

Publisher: Osprey Publishing

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 80

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An extensively researched and accurate examination of the eight-month confrontation between two key World War II fighter planes in New Guinea. Although New Guinea's Thunderbolt pilots faced several different types of enemy aircraft in capricious tropical conditions, by far their most common adversary was the Nakajima Ki-43-II Hayabusa, codenamed “Oscar” by the Allies. These two opposing fighters were the products of two radically different design philosophies. The Thunderbolt was heavy, fast, and packed a massive punch thanks to its battery of eight 0.50-cal machine guns, while the “Oscar” was the complete opposite in respect to fighter design philosophy--lightweight, nimble, maneuverable, and lightly armed. It was, nonetheless, deadly in the hands of an experienced pilot. The Thunderbolt commenced operations in New Guinea with a series of bomber escort missions in mid-1943, and its firepower and superior speed soon saw Fifth Air Force fighter command deploying elite groups of P-47s to Wewak, on the northern coast. Flying from there, they would pick off unwary enemy aircraft during dedicated fighter patrols. The Thunderbolt pilots in New Guinea slowly wore down their Japanese counterparts by continual combat and deadly strafing attacks, but nevertheless, the Ki-43-II remained a worthy opponent deterrent up until Hollandia was abandoned by the IJAAF in April 1944. Fully illustrated throughout with artwork and rare photographs, this fascinating book examines these two vastly different fighters in the New Guinea theater, and assesses the unique geographic conditions that shaped their deployment and effectiveness.

La tentación de ser felices (The Temptation to Be Happy - Spanish Edition)

Author: Lorenzo Marone

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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Cesare Annunziata podría definirse sin demasiados miramientos como un viejo y cínico tocapelotas. Con setenta y siete años, viudo desde hace cinco, y padre de dos hijos, Cesare ha decidido pasar de todo y de todos. Los pocos balances que hace de su vida están marcados por una feroz ironía, quizá por miedo a no poder seguir haciéndolos. Su existencia podría seguir su rumbo hasta su previsible y universal final entre vasos de vino con Marino, el viejecito neurótico de la segunda planta; las charlas no deseadas con Eleonora, la loca de los gatos del vecindario; y fogonazos de pasión carnal con Rossana, la enfermera madura que redondea sus ingresos con atenciones de pago a los viudos del barrio. Pero un día llega a su edificio la joven y enigmática Emma, casada con un individuo siniestro con el que no parece tener nada en común. Cesare no tarda en darse cuenta de que en esa pareja hay algo que no funciona, y sin duda no se implicaría si no fuera por la silenciosa llamada de socorro que lanzan los tristes ojos de Emma… Los secretos que Cesare descubre sobre su vecina, pero sobre todo sobre sí mismo, conformarán la trama de esta novela formidable, capaz de dibujar un personaje en el que conviven, en alegre contradicción, el cinismo más feroz y la más profunda humanidad.