Known for the distinctive "sharkmouths" decoration on their noses, P-40 fighters first saw combat in China during World War II.Their most common adversary was the Japanese Nakajima Ki-43, nicknamed "Oscar." Carl Molesworth describes and explains the design and development of these two foes, the products of two vastly different philosophies of fighter design. The P-40 was heavily armed and sturdy with armor protection and self-sealing fuel tanks, but paid for this with the loss of speed and a sluggish performance at altitude. The Ki-43 was a rapier to the battleaxe P-40 and the Ki-43 was immensely nimble, though with less firepower and durability. This book examines these two different fighters, and the pilots who flew them over China, with an action-packed text, rare photographs and digital artwork.
About the Author
Carl Molesworth is an editor and writer for Reed Elsevier. He has been researching and writing about fighter operations in World War 2 for more than 25 years. His seven previous titles include four books for Osprey, "P-40 Warhawk Aces of the CBI," "P-40 Warhawk Aces of the MTO," "P-40 Warhawk Aces of the Pacific "and "Very Long Range P-51 Mustang Units of the Pacific War," In 2004, he won a Gold Award for his writing in the Trade Association Business Publications International's annual competition. The author lives in Mount Vernon, WA.
Jim Laurier is a native of New England and lives in New Hampshire. He attended Paier School of Art in Hamden, Connecticut, from 1974-78, and since graduating with Honours, he has been working professionally in the field of Fine Art and Illustration. He has been commissioned to paint for the US Air Force and has aviation paintings on permanent display at the Pentagon.
"This is excellent book as far as I am concerned. It not only relates the technical details and development of each aircraft it also informs on the actions that took part in this less than centre stage theatre of World War Two. Recommended." -Rodger Kelly, Hyperscale (May 2008)
"I recommend this book to all military aviation enthusiasts. Like many Osprey books, P-40 Warhawk vs Ki-43 Oscar should be a useful title as reference for modelers as well." -C. Peter Chen, World War II Database (May 2008)
"Both early designs that were outdated by other types, [the P-40 and the Ki-43] still had plenty of fight in them when they clashed during the air war supporting the Japanese Ichi-Go campaign in 1944. During this campaign, the P-40 and Ki-43 engaged in some of the toughest dogfights in China... [A] great companion to the other titles detailing the specific aircraft and can become an important part of any aviation reference library." -Chris Banyai-Riepl, Internet Modeler (April 2008)
"In all, a superlative inclusion to this series and one that I know you will find useful." -Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (April 2008)