Although the Allied Nations have been at war with Japan in the Pacific and the Far East since 1941, and a state of war has existed between China and Japan since the Japanes attack in Manchuria in 1931, little genuine interest has been taken in this theatre of war, and for themost part only utterances of ill - founded statements have been made to the effect that the Japanese are a race of copyists and that " ... we will soon knock hell out of them ". With this lack of general interest it is perhaps not surprising that attempts to teach recognition of Japanese aircraft have proved extremely difficult. When Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour and British, United States and Dutch territory in the Far East and Pacific, little was known of the enemy aircraft put into service later than 1938, and opinion differ as to whether or not the Allies had heard of the so - called " Zero " fighter, destined to become the best known of Japan's aeroplanes, and for a number of years the mainstay of Japanese Naval Air Fighter strength. The purpose of this book is threefold :
( 1 ) To present as complete and accurate a record of Japanese service aircraft as possible, with the hope that all the Allied forces, both in service and under training, will learn to recognize them positively and rapidly ;
( 2 ) To create an interest in the war against Japan, especially in the air ;
( 3 ) Having aroused this interest, to supply the necessary informations about the equipment of the Japanese Army and Navy Air Services, and the theatre in which they operate.
John Stroud ( full identity : John Hector Stroud, April 3rd, 1919 - March 14th - 2007 ) was a British illustrator, an aviation expert and a historian. John Stroud clearly had artistic capabilities. He was involved in designing the Imperial Airways cobalt blue livery for their DH.91 Albatross fleet before the war. He appears to have been involved with recruitment and information / propaganda ( and possibly even intelligence ) work during the war. John Stroud illustrated a 1942 article on the Chinese Air Force in the Air Training Corps Gazette, which had been written by Captain W.E. Johns – the creator of Biggles. In 1961 he took over from Owen Thetford as general editor for Putnam's Aviation List ( later Putnam Aviation Books and Putnam Aeronautical Books ). Many of these books, which were written by expert authors, are now standard reference works on individual manufacturers, British aviation development and airports.
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