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||Osprey Combat Aircraft
C-47/R4D Skytrain Units of the Pacific and CBI
by David Isby
||Soft cover, 96 pages
GB£12.99 online from Osprey Publishing
Good coverage of the type in these theatres; logically and
chronologically laid out
Osprey'sC-47/R4D Skytrain Units is available online from Squadron.com
recent addition to Osprey's Combat Aircraft series, number 66 is the
second book by David Isby covering the wartime role of the renowned
war-winning twin-engined Douglas transport.
Whilst the previous title (number 54) concentrated on the aircraft's
employment in the European and Mediterranean theatres, this volume
chronicles the machine's role in the Pacific and China/Burma/India (CBI)
volume follows the same basic format as its predecessor. It is
logically and chronologically laid out. It begins with an abridged
history of the origins of the aircraft itself and of the creation of the
USAAC's Air Transport Command (ATC) and the U.S. Navy's Naval Air
Transport Service (NATS).
follows is the combat use of the machine and the main operations it took
part in. As with the first volume, the author follows the same style of
a mixture of the "overall picture" and first hand accounts by the people
actually who took part in the operations.
book comprises seven chapters, three appendices and eleven pages of
chapters and appendices are:
Chapter One -
Development and Early War Service
New Guinea 1942-43
China Burma India 1942 -44
Pacific Theatres 1942 44
New Guinea and the Philippines 1944 - 45
Chapter Six -
China Burma India 1945
Victory 1944 - 46
C-47/R4D Units in the Pacific/CBI Theatres of Operation from
December 1941 to 1946. In table format, this is great "meat and
potatoes" stuff! It lists the entire Order of Battle, not only who
they were but where they were based and when. It is very
comprehensive (nine pages) and lists Army, Navy, United States
Marine Corps, and United Sates Coast Guard units.
1/96 scale of line drawings of a C-47A -
three pages showing upper and lower surfaces,
front-on, and port and starboard views.
Eleven pages of colour profiles
thirty profiles in all (by Chris Davey). The captions to these
colour profiles are contained on four pages with the introduction
page carrying notes on the general camouflage scheme and codes/call
letters worn by the C-47. This section was especially helpful to me
as it explains why Australian civil call letters were worn by U.S.
military aircraft operating out of Australia and in New Guinea.
book is well illustrated with 96, black white photos and six black and
white maps. If you are a modeller looking for reference shots to detail
your model then look elsewhere. The photographs contained between the
covers of this book are of a general nature and illustrate the history
of the aircraft, not the details of it.
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book itself has 96 pages printed on glossy paper between thin cardboard
covers and is the same size as the Aircraft of the Aces series also
produced by Osprey.
was impressed with the first volume covering the use of the C-47/R4D in
the European Theatre and I am as equally impressed with this volume. To
me, it is a great and ready reference book as well as record of the
C-47's combat use in the Pacific and CBI theatres.
had the great fortune to live in Papua New Guinea for two years and,
being a bit of an "aeroplane nut" was always on the look-out for the
remains of crashed aircraft.
Whilst there, I undertook a trek from Wau to Salamaua on the old wartime
Busavil Track. After many days of trudging along a narrow track beneath
triple canopied jungle we came to an unusual open space which was the
old war-time village of Skindiwai.
Skindiwai was an old wartime drop zone and is still littered with the
detritus of war to this day. Mortor bombs, .50 calibre rounds and hand
grenades literally carpet one section of the drop zone.
Distributed along the axis of the drop zone are the sad and barely
identifiable remains of a C-47. My interest piqued, I wrote to the Air
Force Museum some time later requesting details and was rewarded with a
letter that completed the picture for me. The machine belonged to the
22nd Troop Carrier Squadron, 374th Troop Carrier Group, 322nd Troop
Carrier Wing. It crashed on 11 March 1943 whilst carrying out a drop
Sadly, all five members of its crew perished in the crash which bought
home to me the awful truth that there is very much a human side to the
aircraft that we model.
Osprey Publishing for the review sample
C-47/R4D Skytrain Units of the Pacific and CBI
Illustrator: Chris Davey
US Price: $20.95
UK Price: £12.99
Publish Date: February 9, 2007
Details: 96 pages; ISBN:
Review Copyright © 2007 by Rodger Kelly
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24 December, 2007
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