||Part I: Mediterranean and Middle East
|1 PRELUDE TO WAR
||Importance of the Middle East to Britain – The Italian
challenge – Royal Air Force, Middle East – New Zealand
participation before and at outbreak of hostilities.
|2 EARLY OPERATIONS OVER MANY FRONTS
||Royal Air Force takes the initiative – successful operations
over Western Desert, East Africa and from Aden – Problems
of supply and reinforcement – Development of the Takoradi
air route – Supporting Wavell's advance to Benghazi – The
campaign in East Africa – Advent of the German Air Force –
Greece, Crete and Cyrenaica are lost, Iraq and Syria saved.
|3 WESTERN DESERT – THE SECOND YEAR
||Back in Egypt – Supplying Tobruk and harassing the
enemy – Reorganisation of RAF – Increasing New Zealand
participation – Life with Desert Air Force – The ‘Late Arrivals'
Club’ – Bomber crews and the Benghazi ‘mail run’ – Fighter
and transport missions during crusader – Rommel's counter-attack – Intensive operations during the retreat to El Alamein-The first supply missions to Yugoslavia.
|4 WESTERN DESERT – THE THIRD YEAR
||Holding the enemy at El Alamein – The Battle of Alam el
Halfa – Continuing assault on Rommel's supply lines – The
part of the bomber and torpedo-bomber crews – Preparing
for the great offensive – Intensive activity during the Alamein
battle and subsequent pursuit – On to Tripoli – Important
contribution by transport aircraft – The achievement of
Desert Air Force.
|5 ALGERIA AND TUNISIA
||Operation TORCH – Covering the landings – Initial difficulties in Algeria – Reorganisation of the Allied forces – The
fight for Tunisia – Prominent New Zealand leaders – The
work of the fighter and bomber crews – Supporting the First
Army – Covering the Eighth Army's advance from Tripoli –
Heavy bomber, coastal and transport missions.
||The island's place in Mediterranean strategy – The first
enemy raids – The achievement of Maynard and his pilots –
Malta's offensive activity increases – The Luftwaffe returns –
Bitter air battles and the crisis of 1942 – Reinforcement and
recovery – Final defeat of the Luftwaffe – Malta's squadrons
strike with renewed vigour – Support for North African
campaign – Preparing for the invasion of Sicily and Italy.
||Operation HUSKY – Preliminary air activity – Pantellaria and
Lampedusa – The airborne invasion of Sicily – Covering the
landings by sea – Defeat of the Luftwaffe – Supporting the
land advance – The battle for Catania – Air activity over the
Messina Straits – The work of New Zealand aircrew during
the campaign – Individual episodes and incidents.
||Invasion preparations – Covering the landings in southern
Italy – The fight for Salerno – Driving the Luftwaffe back –
Support for the northward advance – ‘Cab-rank’ patrols –
Lively activity over Anzio – The battle for Cassino – Operation
STRANGLE – The advance beyond Rome – Invading southern
France – Forward to the Gothic Line.
|9 BEYOND THE ITALIAN BATTLEFRONT
||The strategic bomber offensive – Minelaying in the Danube –
Fighter and bomber missions over Yugoslavia – The Aegean
and eastern Mediterranean – The work of the transport
crews – With Coastal Air Force over the Mediterranean and
Red Sea approaches – Air-sea rescue patrols – Photographic
reconnaissance – New Zealanders in non-flying roles.
|10 THE END IN ITALY
||The winter stalemate – Attacking enemy communications
and supplies – The final offensive by land and air – The Allied
air forces and the Italian campaign.
||Part II: South-east Asia
|11 MALAYA, SUMATRA AND JAVA
||The Japanese attack – Our disastrous air weakness – Operations during the Malayana campaign – Final effort over Singapore, Sumatra and Java – The part of New Zealand fighter
pilots – No. 488 NZ Squadron's story – Bomber and reconnaissance missions – The work of the New Zealand Airfield
|12 THE RETREAT FROM BURMA
||The air defence of Burma – New Zealanders with No. 67
Squadron – Air battles over Rangoon – Hurricane and Blenheim operations – A defensive victory is won – The retreat
from Rangoon is covered – Last blow from Magwe – Air
support from India – Maritime reconnaissance – Successful
defence of Ceylon.
|13 FIGHTING BACK FROM INDIA
||Aftermath of retreat – Preparing to defend India – The
renewal of Allied air power – New Zealanders with RAF
units – Air supply to China – Support for the Army in Arakan –
Offensive missions over Burma – Supplying Wingate's first
expedition – Bombing and reconnaissance – Operations during
the 1943 monsoon.
|14 AIR SUPERIORITY AND THE ARAKAN BATTLE
||Growing Allied strenght – Mountabatten and South-east
Asia Command – The struggle for air supremacy – The Spitfire
victories and their significance – The part of New Zealand
fighter pilots – The strategic situation, January 1944 – Allied
and Japanese plans – The second Arakan campaign – Air
supply and support are decisive – New Zealand participation.
|15 OPERATION ‘THURSDAY’ AND THE VICTORY AT IMPHAL
||Wingate's second expedition – Air support and supply –
Casualty evacuation – The Japanese attack in Manipur –
Decisive air intervention – Supply and support at Imphal –
Harassing the enemy retreat – New Zealanders in transport,
fighter, bomber and reconnaissance operations.
|16 BACK TO RANGOON – THE LAST PHASE
||Air support for the Allied offensive – New Zealand air
leaders – The pattern of the land advance – Support for
Fourteenth Army – The capture of Rangoon – The Sittang
battle – Operation zipper – Final missions.
||Chronology – Middle East
||Chronology – South-east Asia
||Principal Operational Aircraft of Royal Air Force in Middle
East and South-east Asia
||Principal Operational Aircraft of German Air Force in
||Principal Operational Aircraft of Italian Air Force
||Principal Operational Aircraft of Japanese Air Force