Public Lecture – The Royal Air Force and Losing Air Superiority in the Far East, 1941-1942

[Cross posted from the RAF Museum]

Dr Peter Preston-Hough of the University of Wolverhampton discusses ‘The Royal Air Force and Losing Air Superiority in the Far East, 1941-1942’ as part of the RAF Museum’s Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies.

TALK OUTLINE

Between December 1941 and May 1942, the Allies lost command of the air in Malaya and Burma to the Japanese. Usual historical thinking gives the reasons for the Allies losing air superiority as possessing poor aircraft and an inadequate early warning system. However, the actual explanation is much more complex involving an inter-relationship between aircraft, aircrew, early warning facilities and superior Japanese aircraft and aircrew. This paper will explore each of these elements to show how air superiority was lost and will provide new insights into why the Far East was left unprotected against Japanese air attack in December 1941.

LOCATION AND TIME

Please note that this lecture will be held in the main lecture theatre (MC001) at the University of Wolverhampton, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1LY at 18:00PM on Thursday 25 June 2015.

TICKETS

This lecture is free of charge however; we do ask that you pre-book a free ticket, as seats are limited. Booking is quick and easy, we just need some basic contact information.

BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE

ABOUT DR PETER PRESTON-HOUGH

Dr Peter Preston-Hough is a visiting lecturer in the War Studies Department of the University of Wolverhampton and the History and Archaeology Department of the University of Chester. He lectures to undergraduates and postgraduates on aspects of air power since its inception in the Twentieth Century. His areas of interest include: the Royal Air Force; the Strategic Air Offensive 1940-1945; 617 Squadron in the Second World War; the Royal Air Force in the Far East 1939-1945; airborne warfare and airborne operations, particularly in Normandy and during Operation MARKET GARDEN in 1944. Dr Preston-Hough’s first book, Commanding Far Eastern Skies, based on his PhD, is due to be launched in May 2015 and will be published by Helion Press.

RAF MUSEUM RESEARCH PROGRAMME

The Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies form part of the RAF Museum’s Research Programme for 2015. This programme also consists of the First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lectures and other events such as conferences. More details can be found in our leaflet, which can be downloaded here.

For more details about the RAF Museum’s research programme, please click the link to email me at ross.mahoney@rafmuseum.org

The Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies are held in conjunction with the Royal Aeronautical Society and the War Studies Department at the University of Wolverhampton.

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