This title provides a reference source on the uniforms, dress, flight gear and weaponry of the Imperial Japanese Navy airmen of World War II. Each chapter looks at a different piece of clothing or equipment, and involves detailed descriptions of flight gear, including manufacture information, and integrates personal interviews with IJN pilots such as Sakai, Komachi, Tanimizu, Kawato and Saito regarding their personal use or recollections of use of the items under discussion.
Gary Douglas Nila is a former Los Angeles Police Officer and FBI Special Agent who now works as an investigator with Northrop Grumman Corp. Air Combat Systems. He has been a collector of World War II Japanese military uniforms and equipment for over 30 years, but specializes in researching and collecting Japanese naval flight equipment and dress. He has interviewed many former IJN pilots including Saburo Sakai, Sudamu Komaichi, and Masajiro Kawato. Gary lives in Lakewood, California. Bill Younghusband was born in 1936. He has been interested in all things military since childhood, an interest compounded through the reading of authors such as G. A. Henty. In 1954 he joined the Life Guards and saw service in Egypt and Cyprus. Bill is a respected military illustrator of many years' experience, and for this title contributes the detailed insignia illustrations. He is married, and lives in Ireland.
Introduction; Flight Helmets; Flight Goggles; Mufflers/Scarves; Flight Suits; Flight Boots; Floatvests; Gauntlets & Gloves; Parachute Hamesses; Flight clocks and watches; Flight insignia; Flight Calculators; Voicetalkers/Oxygen mask; Plotting boards; Personal weapons; Translations/Glossary/Marker Labels; Bibliography/further reading; Color plate commentary; Index