Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1984. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. xxi, , 547, 5] pages. Oversized book, measuring 10-1/4 inches by 7-1/4 inches. Stamp of previous owner on front free endpaper. Includes Foreword, Preface, Acknowledgments, Special Note, and Abbreviations and Special Terms. Topics covered include The Early Operations, The Battle of the Coral Sea, The Battle of Midway, and Conclusion. Also includes Appendixes, Notes, Sources, and Index. John B. Lundstrom was Curator Emeritus of History at the Milwaukee Public Museum where he has began working there in 1967. The author presents a thoroughly detailed and scrupulously accurate narrative account of the Navy's fighting squadron missions, from the earliest operations in the Pacific through the decisive Battle of Midway. A resolute historian, he has tapped new American and Japanese sources to fully reconstruct every significant action in which these fighters were involved, placing them within the context of carrier operations. He writes from the viewpoint of the pilots themselves, and interviewed fifty surviving airmen from both the American and Japanese sides. This book provides detailed information on flight training, aerial gunnery, aircraft markings, flight formations, the "Thach Weave" tactic, and Japanese combat doctrine.
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. The author 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. Condition: Very good / Very good.
Keywords: World War 2, Aerial Operations, Naval Operations, Pacific Ocean Campaigns, Bougainville, Lae-Salamaua Raid, Battle of the Coral Sea, Misima, Battle of Midway, Aircraft Carriers, F4F-4, Naval Aviation, Fighter Pilots, Aerial Fixed Gunnery, Thach Weave