Eclipsed by military actions between Bolivia and Paraguay during the so-called « Chaco War » which took place between 1932 and 1935, the brief but intense conflict between Colombia and Peru from September 1932 to June 1933 which took place in the very heart of the Amazon rain forest, had two common factors with the warfare developing over the bleak Chaco uplands on the Bolivia-Paraguay border : firstly, the dispute for control of a portion of inhospitable territory and secondly, the baptism of fire for all these countries in an international conflict.
Over the green vastness of the South American jungle, Colombian and Peruvian Air Forces carried out numerous fighter, bombing, reconnaissance and transport missions in support of their respective ground and river based forces, in close co-operation with the efforts of both belligerents to achieve their respective High Command’s objectives, but also suffering numerous losses in the process, mostly because of the extremely difficult operational conditions imposed by the theatre of operations itself. Facing the prospect of losing overall air superiority due to rising attrition ratios, both contending forces made substantial purchases to replenish their ranks, each aiming to reach a quantitative ― as well as qualitative ― edge over the other…
The purpose of this work is to present the reader with a brief but thorough account of the situation of Peruvian military aviation at the beginning of the conflict, as well as a comparison with its Colombian counterpart, the operations undertaken during the hostilities and finally, the situation of the Air Corps in the aftermath of the conflict.
60 pages, 140 photos N/B, cartes, 20 profils couleurs.