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Sbd Dauntless Vs A6m Zero Sen

Author : Donald Nijboer
ISBN : 9781472846310
Genre : History
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The SBD Dauntless dive-bomber was a key cog in the US Navy's aerial arsenal throughout the Pacific War. Although a product of aviation design in the mid to late 1930s, the type soldiered on even as more advanced aircraft were appearing from American factories as the war progressed. Despite its classification as a dive-bomber and rather dated appearance, the SBD Dauntless could more than handle its own against the feared A6M Zero-sen – a regular opponent, especially during the first 18 months of the campaign in the Pacific. The SBD was credited with 138 victories in aerial combat (principally in 1942), 107 of which were fighters and the rest bombers. Seven SBD units claimed five or more aerial victories, with future ace Lt(jg) John Leppla of VS-2 being credited with four victories while flying from the carrier USS Lexington during the Battle of the Coral Sea in May 1942. The Zero-sen came to symbolise Japan's military prowess during the early stages of the war in the Pacific, and it quickly became the world's premier carrier-based fighter – a title it would hold well into 1943. The psychological impact of the Zero-sen was so great that all Allied fighters were judged by the standards set by it. The aviators flying the A6M in 1941-42 were amongst the most experienced fighter pilots in the world, and they claimed a significant number of the SBDs destroyed while trying to defend their carriers from attack during the Battles of Coral Sea, Midway and Santa Cruz in 1942. While one was a dive-bomber and the other a nimble fighter, both met in combat many times, with the Dauntless proving an elusive and deadly target thanks to the tenacity and skill of the pilots and gunners manning the Douglas aircraft. While the Zero-sen was credited with shooting down many SBDs, the rugged dive-bomber gave as good as it got and emerged, not surprisingly, victorious on many occasions. This book examines these aircraft in detail, exploring their history and development and contains accurate descriptions of the combats between the SBD Dauntless and Zero-sen throughout the first four carrier battles of 1942 and the Solomons Campaign.

F4f Wildcat Vs A6m Zero Sen

Author : Edward M. Young
ISBN : 9781780963242
Genre : History
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The Grumman F4F Wildcat and the Mitsubishi A6M Zero-sen were contemporaries, although designed to very different requirements. The Wildcat, ruggedly built to survive the rigors of carrier operations, was the best carrier fighter the US Navy had available when the USA entered World War II, and it remained the principal fighter for the US Navy and the US Marine Corps until 1942–43. With a speed greater than 300mph, exceptional manoeuvrability, long range, and an impressive armament the slick Zero-sen could out-perform any Allied fighter in 1941–42. The battles between the Wildcat and the Zero-sen during 1942 represent a classic duel in which pilots flying a nominally inferior fighter successfully developed air-combat tactics that negated the strengths of their opponent.

A6m Zero Sen Aces 1940 42

Author : Nicholas Millman
ISBN : 9781472821461
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The Mitsubishi A6M Zero-sen was Japan's Spitfire. In continuous development and operational service from the time of the Sino-Japanese war in 1940 to the end of the Pacific War in 1945, it is held in almost mythical awe, similar to Britain's legendary fighter aircraft. At the time of its operational debut the fighter's design features offered the revolutionary combination of an all-round vision canopy, cannon armament and a jettisonable drop tank giving it phenomenal range. Together with the flying and tactical proficiency of superbly trained pilots, this made the Zero-sen a true strategic fighter, spearheading Japan's offensive in the Pacific. It was also the mount of a plethora of successful and flamboyant naval aces engaged in both sea and land campaigns. This volume covers the use of the A6M2 variant from its debut in China to the Solomons Campaign, and also tells the story of the A6M2-N "Rufe" floatplane fighter aces.

F6f Hellcat Aces Of Vf 9

Author : Edward M. Young
ISBN : 9781782003366
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VF-9 was activated in March 1942 as part of Carrier Air Group (CAG) 9, one of the many air groups the US Navy was hurriedly forming in the aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Equipped with Grumman F4F Wildcats, VF-9 first saw combat during the Allied invasion of North Africa in November 1942, where the squadron engaged Vichy French fighters over Morocco. Returning to the United States, VF-9 became one of the first squadrons to receive the Grumman F6F Hellcat and to deploy on the USS Essex, the first of its class of fleet carriers that would form the backbone of the US Navy's Fast Carrier Task Force. VF-9, the Hellcat, and the Essex all entered combat in the fall of 1943. In the hands of the squadron's pilots, and with other Navy fighter squadrons, the Hellcat proved superior to the Imperial Japanese Navy's A6M Zero, which had heretofore been the world's premier carrier fighter plane.

Plane Spotter S Guide

Author : Tony Holmes
ISBN : 9781780967028
Genre : History
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Aviation has revolutionised warfare over the last 100 years, and this new pocket guide gives the reader the essential details of 70 iconic aircraft, including the Sopwith Camel, the Spitfire, the Messerschmitt Bf 109, the P-51 Mustang and the F-4 Phantom. Drawing on Osprey's comprehensive aviation archive, the Plane Spotter's Guide uses detailed profile artwork to illustrate and aid recognition, as well as specification boxes to provide all the technical details.

Mitsubishi A6m Zero

Author : James D’Angina
ISBN : 9781472808226
Genre : History
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Unquestionably the most iconic Japanese fighter of World War II, the Mitsubishi A6M Rei-Sen, Type Zero fighter was used from the initial raid on Pearl Harbor up to the Kamikaze attacks at the end of the war. Facing off against the likes of the Wildcat, Corsair and even the Spitfire, the Zero gained a legendary reputation amongst Allied pilots due to its incredible manoeuvrability. Detailed analysis of its technical qualities show why the Zero was so feared, but also pinpoints the weaknesses that would eventually be its downfall as Allied pilots learned how to combat it. A selection of historical photographs and unique artwork accompany the analysis as James D'Angina delves into the history of the premier Axis fighter of the Pacific Theatre, exploring the design and combat effectiveness of the Zero as well as the tactics developed by Allied pilots to counter it.

The Blandford Book Of Warplanes

Author : Kenneth Munson
ISBN : 071371106X
Genre : Political Science
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This technical reference to more than 120 past and present military aircraft includes artwork which illustrates side and split-plan views of the camouflage and markings of each model

Air Combat Legends Supermarine Spitfire Messerschmitt Bf109

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ISBN : IND:30000107657516
Genre : Fighter planes
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On Air Defense

Author : James D. Crabtree
ISBN : 0275947920
Genre : History
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On Air Defense is a readable history of air defense.

Warship International

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105071892215
Genre : Warships
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I Will Run Wild

Author : Thomas McKelvey Cleaver
ISBN : 9781472841322
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In many popular histories of the Pacific War, the period from the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor to the US victory at Midway is often passed over because it is seen as a period of darkness. Indeed, it is easy to see the period as one of unmitigated disaster for the Allies, with the fall of the Philippines, Malaya, Burma and the Dutch East Indies, and the wholesale retreat and humiliation at the hands of Japan throughout Southeast Asia. However, there are also stories of courage and determination in the face of overwhelming odds: the stand of the Marines at Wake Island; the fighting retreat in the Philippines that forced the Japanese to take 140 days to accomplish what they had expected would take 50; the fight against the odds at Singapore and over Java; the stirring tale of the American Volunteer Group in China; and the beginnings of resistance to further Japanese expansion. In these events, there are many individual stories that have either not been told or not been told widely which are every bit as gripping as the stories associated with the turning tide after Midway. I Will Run Wild draws on extensive first-hand accounts and fascinating new analysis to tell the story of Americans, British, Dutch, Australians and New Zealanders taken by surprise from Pearl Harbor to Singapore that first Sunday of December 1941, who went on to fight with what they had at hand against a stronger and better-prepared foe, and in so doing built the basis for a reversal of fortune and an eventual victory.

Warbirds Of The Sea

Author : Walter A. Musciano
ISBN : UVA:X004410191
Genre : Political Science
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Covers the history and combat career of aircraft carriers and shipboard aircraft from their conception into the future.

Hydrodynamic Simulations With Mike21 For Majuro Atoll Marshall Islands

Author : Françoise Fournial
ISBN : UCSD:31822009239096
Genre : Ocean circulation
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The Air Forces

Author : Ashley Brown
ISBN : 0918678501
Genre : Social Science
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War In The Pacific

Author : Jerry Scutts
ISBN : 157145263X
Genre : History
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A complete and comprehensive history of the war from the Far East to the Japanese surrender in 1945.

A History Of Marine Aviation 1911 68

Author : John Killen
ISBN : UOM:39015003321927
Genre : Seaplanes
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Midway

Author : Philip D. Grove
ISBN : UOM:39015060833483
Genre : History
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This turning point of the Pacific Sea War saw the Japanese send 88 ships to attack the island of Midway. This In Focus series title is the first to deal with a major naval action and introduces the series to a broader market of historians, serving officers and students of naval warfare.

Military Aircraft Markings

Author : Barry C. Wheeler
ISBN : 0681414618
Genre : Political Science
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Discusses the development of identification markings and camouflage on military airplanes, and depicts different models with the various types of painting they have born

Military Aircraft Markings And Profiles

Author : Barry C. Wheeler
ISBN : 0831760028
Genre : Political Science
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Traces the history of aircraft camouflage from the age of the biplanes to today's jets, including data on the shapes and insignia of one hundred forty aircraft

Carrier Operations In World War Ii The Royal Navy

Author : David Brown
ISBN : STANFORD:36105036291719
Genre : Aircraft carriers
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