The British Pacific and East Indies Fleets

The forgotten fleets that fought the Japanese in the Pacific and Indian Oceans


Primary sources of information

The details and histories of the ships and establishments are drawn from a collection of primary sources brought together in a synthesis of the historical significance. Many of these sources are the product of years of research by dedicated aviation and naval researchers, without their dedication much of the detail included in these accounts would not have been possible.

Reference works :

Barnett, C. (2001) 'Engage the enemy more closely' London, Penguin Books
Brown, D. (1974) 'Carrier Operations in World War 2 - vol 1 the Royal Navy' Shepperton, Ian Allen Ltd.]
de S Winser, J. (2002) 'British invasion fleets' Gravesend, The World Ship Society Ltd.
Eadon, S. (1995) 'Sakishima and Back' Bristol, Crecy Books
Eadon, S. (1995) 'Kamikaze' Worcester, Square One Publications
Foster, S. (1994) 'Assault on the Empire - OKINAWA 1945' London, Cassell & Co.
Hobbs, D. (2003) 'Royal Navy Escort Carriers' Liskeard, Maritime
Hobbs, D. (2007) 'Moving bases: Royal Navy Maintenance Carriers and MONABs' Liskeard, Maritime Books
Poolman, K. (1988) 'Allied Escort Carriers of World War Two in Action' London, Blandford Press
Poolman, K. (1972) 'Escort Carriers 1941 - 1945' Shepperton, Ian Allen Ltd
Roskill, S. (1960) 'The War At Sea 1939-1945' Her Majesty's Stationary Office
Smith, P. (2001) 'Task Force 57' Third Ed, Lanchester, Crecy publishing
Sturtivant, R. & Burrows, M. (1995) 'Fleet Air Arm Aircraft 1939 to 1945' Tonbridge Wells, Air Britain (Historians)
Sturtivant, R., Burrows, M. & Lee, H., (2004) 'Fleet Air Arm Fixed-wing Aircraft Since 1946' Tonbridge Wells, Air Britain (Historians) Sturtivant, R & Balance, T. (1994) 'Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm' Tonbridge Wells, Air Britain (Historians)
Warlow, B. (2000) 'Shore Establishments of the Royal Navy' Liskeard, Maritime Books Winton, J. (1969) 'The forgotten Fleet', London, Michael Joseph Ltd.

Admiralty publications:

The Navy List, Feb 1939 - Jul 1946 editions
 Admiralty Fleet Orders 1939 - 1945

Electronic publications:

British & Commonwealth officers serving in British units section of the web site
Allied Warships in World War Two section of web site
Service histories of Royal Navy warships in World War 2 section of web site
Casualty Lists of the Royal Navy and Dominion Navies in World War 2 section of web site
Admiralty war diaries and reports section of web site
Royal Navy Escort Carriers section of web site
The MONAB Story section of web site
Royal Navy Air Squadrons section of web site
Arnold Hague convoy database section of web site
Trove - National Library of Australia, online catalogue of digitised newspapers and more
Australian War Memorial on-line collections section of the web site
Imperial War Museum on-line collections section of the web site

On-line archive (subscription only) various documents including;
Admiralty War Diaries
Norfolk Navy Yard War Diaries
Mew York Navy Yard War Diaries
Miscellaneous documents



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