Air-to-Air - The Story Behind the Air-to-Air Combat Claims of the RNZAF by Chris Rudge

When the New Zealand government decided to scrap its air combat force in 2001, it appeared that many people had forgotten the contribution made by the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) during WWII.  During the period from 15 January 1942 to 13 February 1944, aircrew of RNZAF squadrons claimed to have shot down 106 aircraft in Malaya and the Pacific.  Although these combats were carried out at a distance, they were essentially in the defence of New Zealand.  Air-to-Air explains why. 

Written to compliment the official histories of New Zealand in WWII, this book documents all air-to-air combat claims made by aircrew flying for RNZAF squadrons.  It also provides comprehensive details of each campaign so that the contribution made by the RNZAF, Royal New Zealand Navy and the New Zealand Army in the Pacific and South-East Asia can be put into perspective.  Air-to-Air has been thoroughly researched using original documents and is lavishly illustrated with over 230 photographs and seven maps.  Biographical information on all RNZAF aircrew who made claims is provided and the work has been enriched by the recollections of a number of surviving New Zealand fighter pilots. 

Air-to-Air is undoubtedly one of the most important works ever published on the RNZAF and is essential reading for those interested in New Zealand’s air combat history and the country’s defence.

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Flypast magazine
FULL INDEX FROM BOOK Flight Journal P-40 Warhawk Special

Pacific Wings magazine

Classic Wings magazine

Aviation News magazine

RNZAF News magazine

New Zealand Fighter Pilots Assn Journal

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