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by Lex McAulay
Naval Institue Press 2005
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The U.S. Air War Over New Guinea 1943-1944
I have just finished "MacArthur's Eagle", and I enjoyed it immensely. I gained some important insights about Macarthur' handling of the U.S. defenses in the Philippines around the time of the Pearl Harbor attack and his reluctance to go to the areas where the land, air and sea battles were taking place in the Southwest Pacific until the U.S. Army Air Corps had advanced the bomb line nearer to the Phillipines later in the war.
Having worked with John Henebry in the editing and publishing of his book about the Third Attack Group The Grim Reapers, I became aware of the major campaigns in which they were involved and some of the Bomber and Fighter Groups with whom they worked.
amount of detail that McAulay have researched and put into context with
the time line of the war effort in the Southwest Pacific has provided
a tremendous view of the coordination between the Australian and U.S.
forces, and the agressive and sometime deceptive tactics employed by
General George Kenny to advance the bomb line.
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