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Battle of the Bismarck Sea

  • Start date: 6 March 2018 09:00 AM
  • End date: 6 March 2018 10:00 AM
  • Venue: Ngunnawal Theatre, Russell Offices

To register your interest for this seminar, please email the Air Power Development Centre.

Often regarded as the most decisive battle of the Pacific Campaign of World War II, the Battle of the Bismarck Sea of March 1943 was an emphatic tactical victory for the Allies. The coordinated series of air strikes on a Japanese convoy consisting of 16 vessels was a complete success and prevented much needed reinforcements from reaching Lae in New Guinea. The ramifications of the Allied success went well beyond the material effects of the destruction of the convoy, but influenced both Allied and Japanese planning for the remainder of the South West Pacific Campaign.

To mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bismarck Sea this air power seminar will consider the strategic and operational environment extant at the time of the battle, the RAAF involvement and the enduring influence generated by the Allied victory.

Mr Martin James

Martin James joined the RAAF in 1979. After completing postings to a number of flying squadrons, the Aircraft Research and Development Unit and project positions, he commissioned as an Aeronautical Engineer in 1996 and served in a number of staff and engineering positions including the Directorate General of Technical Airworthiness, Officers Training School and No 38 SQN. 

In 2005 Martin completed a Chief of Air Force Fellowship at the Air Power Development Centre, where he researched the development of air power doctrine and he also completed a Masters of Defence Studies at UNSW.
In 2008 Martin left the RAAF in order to take up a position at the Office of Air Force History, completing several deployments to the Middle East and Afghanistan. In September 2013 Martin was appointed the RAAF Historian. He has lectured extensively on air power and Air Force history.