Friday, December 13, 2013

New military history research: German meat war, Japanese WWII naval pilot, colonial East Africa, WWII sunken ships, Australian prison hulks and a WWII Catalina flying boat report

In the European Review of History, an abstract on the 'meat war' of Germany in 1912, a food riot that occurred shortly before WWI.


An article from Penn History Review on British missionary activities in colonial East Africa.


An abstract from the AIMA Bulletin on the identification of the grave of a Japanese WWII Mitsubishi A6M2 Model 21 naval pilot and fighter ace Osamu Kudo in Australia.

Imperial Japanese Navy fighter ace Osamu Kudō, credited with destroying 7 enemy aircraft. This photo was taken in 1938 or 1939 while Kudō was serving on the aircraft carrier Kaga.

An A6M2 Model 21 Zero launches from the carrier Shokaku on October 26, 1942 during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands while deck crewmen cheer on the pilot, Lieutenant Hideki Shingo, Zero group leader.


An abstract on a recent search for sunken buried and buried prison hulks in Melbourne, Australia 

An abstract on Australian cooperation with other countries on managing sunken wrecks specifically US naval vessels USS Lexington, USS Sims and USS Neosho.

USS Lexington (CV-2), burning and sinking after her crew abandoned ship during the Battle of Coral Sea, 8 May 1942

USS Sims (DD-409) off the Kennebec River, Maine, during her builder's trials, 6 July 1939.  She is flying the flag of Bath Iron Works, her builder, at the foremast peak.  The Mark 37 main gun battery director has not yet been installed.

USS Neosho, navy oil tanker, cautiously backs away from her berth (right center) in a successful effort to escape the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. At left the battleship USS California lists after aerial blows. Other crippled warships and part of the hull of the capsized USS Oklahoma may be seen in the background. The Neosho was later sunk in the Coral Sea.

An abstract on the detailed report covering the 2008 discovery of one of the USN Patrol Wing-10 Catalina flying boats sunk during the first Japanese air raid in Darwin, Northern Territory, on 19 February 1942.

 The explosion of an oil storage tank and clouds of smoke from other tanks, hit during the first Japanese air raid on Australia's mainland, at Darwin on February 19, 1942. In the foreground is HMAS Deloraine, which escaped damage.

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