Avonmore Books
Avonmore Books is an Australian publisher specialising in military and aviation history books, with a particular interest in WWII Pacific War aviation. Avonmore prides itself in being the only mainstream Australian military history publisher producing full colour illustrated books. Avonmore Books strives to produce books that are a pleasure to own and read, and which incorporate first-class aircraft profiles, artwork and maps. Many of Avonmore's titles match both Japanese and Allied records for a unique and factual account of Pacific War campaigns. This approach was recognised internationally when South Pacific Air War Volume 2 was listed as one of the best global WWII books of 2018 by the respected US book review site Stone & Stone.
Admiral VAT Smith Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780645700480
Pub Date: 31 Jul 2024
Imprint: Avonmore Books
Illustrations: fully illustrated;colour
Description:
Admiral Sir Victor Alfred Trumper “VAT” Smith AC KBE CB DSC MiD RAN is a towering figure in Australian naval circles;his extraordinary career spanning almost 50 years. As the first graduate of the Royal Australian Naval College to be promoted full admiral he was the founding father of the Australian Fleet Air Arm.Joining the navy in 1927 aged thirteen;Smith specialised in aviation.
Pacific Profiles Volume 15 Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 108
ISBN: 9780645700497
Pub Date: 07 Jul 2024
Imprint: Avonmore Books
Illustrations: fully illustrated;colour
Description:
The Pacific Profiles series presents the most accurate WWII profiles of Allied and Japanese aircraft which served throughout the Australia;New Guinea and Solomons theatres. This Volume 15 covers the B-26 and US Navy JM Marauder series which served in these theatres from their first delivery to Australia in April 1942 until the war’s end. Marauders served with a total of six USAAF bomber squadrons;including the reformed 19th BS Silver Fleet;whilst US Navy JM-1 and JM-2 variants were operated by utility squadrons from March 1944 onwards.
Pacific Profiles Volume 13 Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 132
ISBN: 9780645700466
Pub Date: 15 Mar 2024
Imprint: Avonmore Books
Illustrations: fully illustrated;colour
Description:
Pacific Profiles Volume 13 presents the most accurate wartime profiles and histories to date of Imperial Japanese Navy bombers;transports;flying boats and miscellaneous types which served in the South Pacific.This volume depicts the markings of two dozen mainstream and rare air groups (kokutai);many of which have never been illustrated before. Aircraft types include Betty and Nell bombers (and transports);Val and Judy dive-bombers;Emily and Mavis flying boats;Irving night fighters;Claude fighters;and Babs reconnaissance aircraft.
Pacific Profiles Volume 14 Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 136
ISBN: 9780645700473
Pub Date: 15 Mar 2024
Imprint: Avonmore Books
Illustrations: fully illustrated;colour
Description:
The Pacific Profiles series presents the most accurate WWII profiles of Allied and Japanese aircraft which served throughout Australia;New Guinea the South Pacific. This Volume 14 covers those B-25;PBJ & F-10 Mitchell models which served in these theatres from March 1942 until the end of the war. Mitchells served a total of 21 USAAF bomber and reconnaissance squadrons;plus others were operated by the USMC;RAAF and NEIAF.
Pacific Profiles Volume 12 Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 108
ISBN: 9780645700442
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2024
Imprint: Avonmore Books
Illustrations: fully illustrated; colour
Description:
The Pacific Profiles series presents the most accurate WWII profiles of Allied and Japanese aircraft which served throughout the South and Southwest Pacific theatres. This Volume 12 covers the P-51 and F-6 Mustang series which served in New Guinea, the Philippines and then the Japanese islands, serving with a total of ten USAAF Fifth Air Force fighter and reconnaissance squadrons, and also with New Guinea’s Combat Replacement Training Centre. The book includes a final chapter of post-war transition markings for the three years until 1948.
Solomons Air War Volume 2 Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9780645700459
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2024
Imprint: Avonmore Books
Illustrations: fully illustrated; colour
Description:
This second volume of Solomons Air War chronicles aerial warfare in the Solomon Islands theatre during the critical month of October 1942. It can be read alone or as part of the ongoing Solomons Air War series. October 1942 saw an explosion of air activity in the Solomons.
Pacific Profiles Volume 11 Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 108
ISBN: 9780645700435
Pub Date: 15 Aug 2023
Imprint: Avonmore Books
Illustrations: fully illustrated; colour
Description:
The ongoing Pacific Profiles series presents the most accurate WWII profiles of aircraft which served throughout Australia, New Guinea and the South Pacific. This Volume 11 covers the P-40 Warhawk series, which served with a dozen USAAF Fifth and Thirteenth Air Force fighter and reconnaissance squadrons, service units, combat replacement pools and other miscellaneous units. Most profiles are presented for the first time, alongside markings derivations, including squadron heraldry and codes.
The Skyhawk Years Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 216
ISBN: 9780645700411
Pub Date: 15 Aug 2023
Imprint: Avonmore Books
Illustrations: fully illustrated; colour
Description:
The magnificent Douglas A-4 Skyhawk served with the Royal Australian Navy from 1968 until 1984 with two squadrons: VF805 and VC724. VF805 was the front-line fighter unit that served aboard the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne, while VC724 was shore-based at Naval Air Station Nowra for training and support. During that period, the aircraft on the Melbourne gave the RAN a unique capability that was central to Australian defence policy.
Bombers North Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 156
ISBN: 9780645246995
Pub Date: 01 Apr 2023
Imprint: Avonmore Books
Illustrations: Fully illustrated; colour
Description:
In early March 1942 Allied forces in the Netherlands East Indies surrendered and the lightning Japanese conquest of South East Asia was complete. Amid fears of a Japanese invasion of Australia, two understrength RAAF squadrons of Lockheed Hudsons began a brave fight back against the enemy from the Darwin area. These modest initial efforts were the beginnings of an unwavering campaign by Allied bombers waged from Northern Australia until the end of the war in August 1945.
Pacific Profiles Volume 10 Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 108
ISBN: 9780645700404
Pub Date: 01 Apr 2023
Imprint: Avonmore Books
Illustrations: Fully illustrated; colour
Description:
The ongoing Pacific Profiles series presents the most accurate WWII profiles of aircraft which served throughout the South Pacific. Volume 10 covers the P-47D Thunderbolt which flew combat missions in the New Guinea theatre until mid-1945, serving with a total of eleven Fifth Air Force USAAF combat squadrons, Fifth Fighter Command and the Combat Replacement Training Center. Most profiles are presented for the first time, alongside an explanation of markings, including squadron heraldry and identifiers.
Solomons Air War Volume 1 Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9780645246933
Pub Date: 01 Dec 2022
Imprint: Avonmore Books
Illustrations: fully illustrated; colour
Description:
This first volume of Solomons Air War chronicles aerial warfare in the opening phase of the war in the Solomons Islands theatre, being the critical period of August-September 1942. After occupying the Solomon Islands capital of Tulagi with ease in May 1942, the Imperial Japanese Navy commenced building an airfield on the adjacent island of Guadalcanal. The indispensable airfield was over 600 miles distant from their main base of Rabaul and promised to extend the reach of their aircraft into the Allied occupied island chains of Fiji, the New Hebrides and New Caledonia.
Black Sunday Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 136
ISBN: 9780645246988
Pub Date: 15 Nov 2022
Imprint: Avonmore Books
Illustrations: fully illustrated; colour
Description:
Any USAAF pilot who flew the mission to Hollandia on the fateful afternoon of 16 April 1944 in New Guinea would remember it for the rest of their lives. So would anyone else in the theatre, for the weather-related losses that fateful day earned it the eternal epithet “Black Sunday”. The way home for more than three hundred bombers and fighters was blocked by a towering weather front whose thunderstorms rose well above any altitude they could reach.
Pacific Profiles Volume Nine Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 124
ISBN: 9780645246971
Pub Date: 15 Nov 2022
Imprint: Avonmore Books
Illustrations: fully illustrated; colour
Description:
The Pacific Profiles series presents the most accurate WWII profiles of aircraft which served throughout the South Pacific. Volume Nine covers the P-38 and variants including the photo-reconnaissance F-4 and F-5, along with field-modified P-38G night-fighters. The P-38 flew combat in the SWPA and SOPAC theatres until mid-1944, serving a total of nineteen Fifth and Thirteenth Air Force USAAF combat Squadrons, one service squadron, Fifth Fighter Command, and finally with the Combat Replacement Training Center at Nadzab.
Pacific Profiles Volume Eight Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 120
ISBN: 9780645246940
Pub Date: 01 Jul 2022
Imprint: Avonmore Books
Illustrations: fully illustrated; colour
Description:
Volume Eight of the Pacific Profiles series presents the most accurate profiles and histories to date of Imperial Japanese Navy floatplanes which served in the South Pacific theatre, throughout New Guinea and the Solomons. The markings of the six floatplane types deployed in the theatre are covered: the A6M2-N Rufe, E8N2 Dave, E13A1 Jake, F1M2 Pete, E9W Slim and E7K Alf. Floatplane operations commenced in January 1942 with the invasion of Rabaul.
Pacific Profiles Volume Seven Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 120
ISBN: 9780645246919
Pub Date: 01 Jul 2022
Imprint: Avonmore Books
Illustrations: Illustrated
Description:
The Pacific Profiles series presents the most accurate WWII profiles of aircraft which served in the South Pacific theatre. Volume Seven covers the Douglas C-47, including numerous derivatives such as the C-53, R4D and DC-3. This was the most universal aircraft type to appear in the South Pacific and was deployed from day one to the cessation of hostilities.
Pacific Profiles Volume Six Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 120
ISBN: 9780645246902
Pub Date: 15 Feb 2022
Imprint: Avonmore Books
Illustrations: Illustrated
Description:
The Pacific Profiles series presents the most accurate WWII profiles of aircraft which served in the South Pacific theatre. Volume Six covers a dozen USAAF Fifth and Thirteenth Air Force squadrons which operated the Bell P-39 and P-400 Airacobra from April 1942 until March 1944. They were used in a variety of roles including as fighters, dive-bombers and strafers.