Pacific War Research Page

All text based documentation has been compiled by Jeff Donahoo

I cannot express my graditude towards those few who have helped with the content of this site. Jeff has spent innumerible hours converting his vast research on the U.S.N. and the I.J.N. into electronic format to share on the Web. Below is the tip of the proverbial iceberg as Jeff busily continues to convert and I continue to place his data on the Web for all to share.

Imperial Japanese Ships of the Pacific War(In Progress)

Shipping losses incurred during the Pacific War (Complete)

Imperial Japanese and United States Navy ship strength at the end of each month.(Complete)

Accumulated ship totals for the Pacific war.(Complete)

IJN Ship Names and Nomenclature - Katakana and Hiragana included.(In Progress)


Jeff Donahoo's sources:

"Here are some of the sources that I have used in my pursuit of knowledge of World War Two. This is just a partial list as I never imagined that I would be able to share what I have learned over the last 28 years, so there are countless books, articles and web pages that I did not record."

U.S. Submarine Attacks During World War II, John D. Alden. Naval Institute Press 1989 ISBN 0-87021-767-4

Axis Submarine Success of World War Two, Jurgen Rohwer, Naval Institute Press 1999 ISBN 1-55750-029-0

Japanese Cruisers of the Pacific War, Eric LaCroix and Linton Wells II, Naval Institute Press 1997 ISBN 0-87021-311-3

Destroyers of World War Two, MJ Whitley, Naval Institute Press, 1988, ISBN 0-87021-326-1

Cruisers of World War Two, MJ Whitley, Naval Institute Press, 1995, ISBN 1-55750-141-6

Guadalcanal, Richard B. Frank, Penguin Books, 1990 ISBN 0-14-01.6561-4

US Naval Vessels, 1943, Office of Naval Intelligence, Naval Institute Press

I-Boat Captain, Zenji Orita, Major Books 1976

History of United States Naval Operations of World War II, Samual Elliot Morrison 1949-1955

  • Vol. III Rising Sun in the Pacific
  • Vol. IV Coral Sea, Midway and Submarine Actions
  • Vol. V The Struggle for Guadalcanal
  • Vol. VI Breaking the Bismarcks Barrier
  • Vol. VII Aleutians, Gilberts and Marshalls
  • Vol. VIII New Guinea and the Marinas
  • Vol. XII Leyte
  • Vol. XII Liberation of the Philippines
  • Vol. XIV Victory in the Pacific
  • Vol. XV Supplement and General Index
  • PT-109 John F Kennedy in World War 2, Robert J Donovan, McGraw Hill, 1961

    Famous Ships of World War 2, Chris Ellis, Arco Publishing 1976 ISBN 0-668-04321-1

    In Harms Way, Douglas Stanton, Henry Holt Publishing, 2001, ISBN 0-8050-6632-2

    Sea Power, Anthony Preston, Exeter Books, 1979, ISBN 0-89673,011-5

    Janes Fightning Ships 1944, Janes Publishing, 1945

    Janes Fightning Ships 1947, Janes Publishing, 1948

    Janes Fighting Ships of World War II, Cresent Books, 1989, ISBN 0-517-67963-9

    Battleships and Battlecruisers, Richard Humble, Winchmore Publishing, 1983

    Submarines, Richard Humble, Basinghall Publishing, 1981

    History of the Second World War, BPC Press, 1973 (came in 96 weekly parts)

    Allied Landing Craft of World War Two, Office of Naval Intelligence, Naval Institute Press,
    American Gunboats and Minesweepers, HT Lenton, 1975

    U.S. Small Combatants, Norman Friedman, Naval Institute Press, 1987, ISBN 0-87021-713-5

    Warships of the Imperial Japanese Navy, H. Jentschura and D. Jung, Arms and Armour Press, 1977

    Japanese Warships of World War Two, Watts, Ian Allen Press, 1966

    US Cruisers, Norman Friedman, Naval Institute Press, 1985

    Conways All the World Fighting Ships 1922-1946, Conways Press 1980

    British Destroyers, Edgar March. Seeley Service, 1966

    United States Destroyer Operations in World War II, Theodore Roscoe, Naval Institute Press, 1984

    United States Submarine Operations in World War II, Theodore Roscoe, Naval Institute Press, 1949

    Warship Losses of World War Two, David Brown , Arms and Armour Press, 1990

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships

    Battle Report, Walter Kreig

    Conversations :
    Harold Foss S1C USN (My Grandfather)
    Joseph Foss Maj. USMC (My Grandfather’s cousin)
    Hubert Donahoo MSGT USAAF (My Grandfather)
    Mr Takahasi Toshio (civilian naval contractor, He has worked with various repair ships at Rabual, Truk, Palau and Singapore)
    Bill Reno USN (My uncle’s father-He was involved with the rescue of Indianapolis survivors)
    Thomas Rittermann in Germany who provided information on Navies other then the IJN and USN
    The men of Iowa City VFW

    Websites: Here are just a few of the thousands of websites I’ve been to in the last 5 years or so. These are by far the most accurate. the BEST IJN website out there (well maybe No2 now after Jason's ?) if you have a question, the people here will know the answer WWII Cruiser Operations Great site for all warships Orders of Battle American merchant ships Norwegian merchant ships British Merchant ships Netherlands Warships USN warships DANFS online-beats sitting in a library going page by page like I did.