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Early U S Navy Carrier Raids February April 1942

Author : David Lee Russell
ISBN : 9781476678467
Genre : History
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 After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, America's fast carrier task forces, with their aircraft squadrons and powerful support warships, went on the offensive. Under orders from Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King, the newly appointed Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, as the Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Fleet, took the fight to the Japanese, using island raids to slow their advance in the Pacific. Beginning in February 1942, a series of task force raids led by the carriers USS Enterprise, USS Yorktown, USS Lexington and USS Hornet were launched, beginning in the Marshall Islands and Gilbert Islands. An attempted raid on Rabaul was followed by successful attacks on Wake Island and Marcus Island. The Lae-Salamaua Raid countered Japanese invasions on New Guinea. The most dramatic was the unorthodox Tokyo (Doolittle) Raid, where 16 carrier-launched B-25 medium bombers demonstrated that the Japanese mainland was open to U.S. air attacks. The raids had a limited effect on halting the Japanese advance but kept the enemy away from Hawaii, the U.S. West coast and the Panama Canal, and kept open lines of communications to Australia.

The First Team

Author : John Lundstrom
ISBN : 9781612511665
Genre : History
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Hailed as one of the finest examples of aviation research, this comprehensive 1984 study presents a detailed and scrupulously accurate operational history of carrier-based air warfare. From the earliest operations in the Pacific through the decisive Battle of Midway, it offers a narrative account of how ace fighter pilots like Jimmy Thach and Butch O'Hare and their skilled VF squadron mates - called the "first team" - amassed a remarkable combat record in the face of desperate odds. Tapping both American and Japanese sources, historian John B. Lundstrom reconstructs every significant action and places these extraordinary fighters within the context of overall carrier operations. He writes from the viewpoint of the pilots themselves, after interviewing some fifty airmen from each side, to give readers intimate details of some of the most exciting aerial engagements of the war. At the same time he assesses the role the fighter squadrons played in key actions and shows how innovations in fighter tactics and gunnery techniques were a primary reason for the reversal of American fortunes. After more than twenty years in print, the book remains the definitive account and is being published in paperback for the first time to reach an even larger audience.

Almanac Of American Military History

Author : Spencer Tucker
ISBN : 9781598845303
Genre : History
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This almanac provides a comprehensive, chronological overview of all American military history, serving as the standard reference work of its type. * Biographies of 270 key individuals in American military history * Over 50 documents with introductions * 200 charts

The War Begins

Author : David Lee Russell
ISBN : 1612515282
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This book reveals in detail the events of the Early Carrier Raids against the Japanese in the first half of 1942 in the Pacific War, carried out by the U.S. Pacific Fleet. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, carrier airpower would take on the supreme offensive role against Japanese forces in the first phase of the war. America's fast carrier task forces, with their aircraft squadrons and powerful support warships, took on the challenge, but unfortunately the Pacific Fleet carrier force had only three carriers in the Pacific on December 7th. The book begins with the Pearl Harbor attack and the actions of Vice Admiral William F. Halsey's Task Force 8 with the USS Enterprise en route to Hawaii after a successful mission delivering F4F fighters to Wake Island. The search for the enemy off Hawaii is fruitless as the naval leaders begin the transition to all-out war. Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King, the Commander in Chief, U.S. Fleet, essentially defies major elements of the Rainbow War Plan for the Pacific, which imposed the British-American policy of "Germany first," by ordering Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, the Commander-in-Chief Pacific Fleet, to take his limited carrier task force resources and attack the Japanese using island raids in an effort to slow the advance of the Japanese in the Pacific. The first carrier raid was on the Marshall and Gilbert Islands on February 1, 1942 carried out by Halsey's Task Force 8 with the Enterprise and Rear Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher of Task Force 17 with the USS Yorktown. It was followed on February 20th with the Rabaul Raid in New Guinea commanded by Vice Admiral Wilson Brown which turned into a successful defensive operation to protect the carrier Lexington. Halsey's Task Force 16 successfully attacked Wake Island on February 24th and Marcus Island on March 4th. The Lae-Salamaua Raid to repel a Japanese invasion occurred on March 10th with Brown (TF 11) on the Lexington and Fletcher(TF 17) on the Yorktown. The carrier raid with the most dramatic impact was the unorthodox Tokyo (Doolittle) Raid on Japan on April 18th by B-25s launched from the USS Hornet in company with the Enterprise. It was followed by the Tulagi Raid on May 4th commanded by Fletcher's Task Force 17. Though these U.S. Pacific carrier raids had limited effect on halting the Japanese advances, they kept the action away from Hawaii and the West coast of the U.S., and kept the lines of communications open to Australia. In addition, the raids yielded valuable operational experience for the U.S. Navy carrier forces as the Pacific War continued.

World War Ii The Definitive Encyclopedia And Document Collection 5 Volumes

Author : Spencer C. Tucker
ISBN : 9781851099696
Genre : History
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With more than 1,700 cross-referenced entries covering every aspect of World War II, the events and developments of the era, and myriad related subjects as well as a documents volume, this is the most comprehensive reference work available on the war. • Provides a clear understanding of the causes of World War II, reaching back to World War I and the role of the Western democracies in its origin • Examines home front developments in major countries during the war, such as race and gender relations in the United States • Recognizes the important roles played by women in the war and describes how the United States mobilized its economy and citizenry for total war • Discusses the Holocaust and establishes responsibility for this genocide • Details the changing attitudes toward the war as expressed in film and literature

Naval Aviation News

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The Guinness History Of Air Warfare

Author : David Brown
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Genre : Air warfare
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Historisk gennemgang af luftkrig gennem tiderne herunder udviklingen inden for flytyper og luftoperationer.

The Battle Of The Coral Sea 1942

Author : Gavin Fry
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Hostages To Freedom

Author : Peter Stone
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Genre : Prisoners of war
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Naval Battles Of World War Two

Author : Geoffrey Bennett
ISBN : 9781473816657
Genre : History
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Captain Bennett discusses the traumatic effects of the Washington and London Naval Treaties on the fleets of the principal powers between the wars, and their astonishing growth and technical progress between 1939 and 1945. He then deals with the war in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. The Battle of the River Plate, the struggle for Narvik, the hunt for the Bismarck, the destruction of the Italian Fleet at Taranto and Matapan are all vividly described and authoritatively analysed.

The Compact Timeline Of Aviation History

Author : Anthony A. Evans
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'The Compact Timeline of Aviation History' encompasses the entire history of flight, from the days of legends, balloons and gliders to the latest high-tech aircraft.

The History Of Us Naval Air Power

Author : Robert L. Lawson
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American Battleships

Author : Max R. Newhart
ISBN : 1575100045
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A comprehensive and fully illustrated overview and history of American battleships.

The Japanese Navy In World War Ii

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Genre : World War, 1939-1945
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The Oxford Companion To New Zealand Military History

Author : Ian C. McGibbon
ISBN : IND:30000078165978
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Includes entries on New Zealand's weapons, equipment, significant figures, military campaigns and battles since 1800, and the impact and influence of war on its religion, art, literature, science, and industry.

The Twentieth Century The Great Depression And World War Ii 1930 1945

Author : Matthew T. Downey
ISBN : 0028974468
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Discusses in a news magazine-like format the important events, people, and trends of the twentieth century; divided into six different units, including the nation, the world, business and economy, science and technology, arts and entertainment, and sports and leisure.

Encyclopedia Of World War Ii

Author : Spencer Tucker
ISBN : 1576079996
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An unprecedented achievement in publishing—a multivolume encyclopedic resource, for both the general reader and specialist—on the central conflict of the 20th century,The Encyclopedia of World War II covers the entire scope of the Second World War from its earliest roots to its continuing impact on global politics and human society.

Aircraft Of World War Ii In Combat

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A comprehensive history of the use of air power during World War II, From Blitzkrieg Dive-Bombing Attacks To Parachute Landings And Aerial Reconnaissance.

History In The Media

Author : Robert Niemi
ISBN : 9781576079522
Genre : Performing Arts
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A resource on the depiction of historical events in film, on television, and on the Internet combines the latest scholarship with reviews of specific works.

The Navy At War

Author : Hanson Weightman Baldwin
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