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Whirlwind: The Air War Against Japan, 1942-1945

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WHIRLWIND is the first book to tell the complete, awe-inspiring story of the Allied air war against Japanand#8212;the most important strategic bombing campaign inhistory. From the audacious Doolittle raid in 1942 to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, award-winning historian Barrett Tillman recounts the saga from the perspectives of American and British aircrews who flew unprecedented missions overthousands of miles of ocean, as well as of the generalsand admirals who commanded them.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Whether describing the experiences of bomber crews based in China or the Marianas, fighter pilotson Iwo Jima, or carrier aviators at sea, Tillman provides vivid details of the lives of the fliers and their support personnel. andlt;Iandgt;Whirlwindandlt;/Iandgt; takes readers into the cockpits and gun turrets of the mighty B-29 Superfortress, the largest bomber built up to that time. Tillman dramatically re-creates the sweep of wartime emotions that crews endured on fifteen-hour missions, grappling with the extreme tedium of cramped spaces and with adrenaline spikes in flak-studded skies, knowing that a bailout would put them at the mercy of a merciless enemy or an unforgiving sea.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;A major character is the controversial and brilliant General Curtis LeMay, who rewrote strategic bombing tactics. His commandand#8217;s fire-bombing missions incinerated fully half of Tokyo and many other cities, crippling Japanand#8217;s industry while still failing to force surrender.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Whirlwindandlt;/Iandgt; examines the immense logistics and construction efforts necessary to support Superfortresses in Asia and the Mariana Islands, as well as the tireless efforts of engineers to build huge air bases from scratch.It also describes the unheralded missions that American bomber crews flew from the Aleutian Islands to Japanand#8217;s northernmost Kuril Islands.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Never has the Japanese side of the story been so thoroughly examined. If Washington, D.C., represented a and#8220;second frontand#8221; in Army-Navy rivalry, the situation in Tokyo approached a full-contact sport. Tillmanand#8217;s description of Japanand#8217;s willfully inadequate approach to civil defense is eye-opening. Similarly, he examines the mind-set in Tokyoand#8217;s war cabinet, which ignored the atomic destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, requiring the emperorand#8217;s personal intervention to avert a ghastly Allied invasion.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Tillman shows how, despite the Alliesand#8217; ultimate success, mistakes and shortsighted policies made victory more costly in lives and effort. He faults the lack of a unified command for allowing the Army Air Forces and the Navy to pursue parochial goals at the expense of the larger mission, and he questions the premature commitment of the enormously sophisticated B-29 to the most primitive theater in India and China.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Whirlwindandlt;/Iandgt; is one of the last histories of World War II written with the contribution of men who fought in it.With unexcelled macro- and microperspectives, andlt;Iandgt;Whirlwindandlt;/Iandgt; is destined to become a standard reference on the war, on multiservice operations, and on the human capacity for individual heroism and national folly.

Synopsis:

The true story of the World War II Pacific naval battle that pitted the USS Intrepid's naval aviators against Japan's superbattleship Musashi...and made a dramatic difference in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

October 24, 1944: As World War II raged, six young American torpedo bombers were sent on a search-and-destroy mission in the Sibuyan Sea. Their target: the superbattleship Musashi, the pride of the Imperial Japanese Navy. The pilots were tasked with preventing the immense enemy warship from inflicting damage on American supply ships. Little did these men know that they had embarked on the opening round of historys greatest—and last—epic naval battle.

 

Two bomber crews launched in the first wave of attackers were shot out of the sky. Only pilot Will Fletcher survived the crash landing. Adrift at sea, Will made his way to land and escaped into the jungles of the Philippines, where he eluded capture by the Japanese with the help of Filipino guerrillas, whose ranks he joined to fight against their common enemy.

 

Intrepid Aviators is the thrilling true story of these brave bomber pilots, their daring duel with the Musashi, and Will Fletchers struggle to survive as a guerrilla soldier. The sinking of Musashi inflicted a crucial blow in the Battle of Leyte Gulf and marked the first time in history that aviators sank a Japanese battleship on the high seas.

 

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Synopsis:

October 24, 1944: Six young American torpedo bombers were sent on a search-and-destroy mission in the Sibuyan Sea. Their target: the superbattleship Musashi, the pride of the Imperial Japanese Navy. The pilots were tasked with preventing the immense enemy warship from inflicting damage on American supply ships. Little did these men know that they had embarked on the opening round of historys greatest—and last—epic naval battle.

 

Two bomber crews launched in the first wave of attackers were shot out of the sky. Only pilot Will Fletcher survived the crash landing. Adrift at sea, Will made his way to land and escaped into the jungles of the Philippines, where he eluded capture by the Japanese with the help of Filipino guerrillas, whose ranks he joined to fight against their common enemy.

 

Intrepid Aviators is the thrilling true story of these brave bomber pilots, their daring duel with the Musashi, and Will Fletchers struggle to survive as a guerrilla soldier. The sinking of Musashi inflicted a crucial blow in the Battle of Leyte Gulf and marked the first time in history that aviators sank a Japanese battleship on the high seas.

 

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About the Author

Barrett Tillman is a widely recognized expert on air warfare in World War II and the author of more than 40 nonfiction and fiction books on military topics, including Whirlwind. The former managing editor of The Hook (the magazine of the Tailhook Association), Tillman's is a familiar face on TV documentaries in the United States and Europe. He has received six awards for history and literature, including the Admiral Arthur Radford Award.  He lives in Mesa, Arizona.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781416584414
Author:
Tillman, Barrett
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Author:
Fletcher, Gregory G.
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Japan.
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16-pp b-w insert
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by ,
The true story of the World War II Pacific naval battle that pitted the USS Intrepid's naval aviators against Japan's superbattleship Musashi...and made a dramatic difference in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

October 24, 1944: As World War II raged, six young American torpedo bombers were sent on a search-and-destroy mission in the Sibuyan Sea. Their target: the superbattleship Musashi, the pride of the Imperial Japanese Navy. The pilots were tasked with preventing the immense enemy warship from inflicting damage on American supply ships. Little did these men know that they had embarked on the opening round of historys greatest—and last—epic naval battle.

 

Two bomber crews launched in the first wave of attackers were shot out of the sky. Only pilot Will Fletcher survived the crash landing. Adrift at sea, Will made his way to land and escaped into the jungles of the Philippines, where he eluded capture by the Japanese with the help of Filipino guerrillas, whose ranks he joined to fight against their common enemy.

 

Intrepid Aviators is the thrilling true story of these brave bomber pilots, their daring duel with the Musashi, and Will Fletchers struggle to survive as a guerrilla soldier. The sinking of Musashi inflicted a crucial blow in the Battle of Leyte Gulf and marked the first time in history that aviators sank a Japanese battleship on the high seas.

 

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"Synopsis" by ,
October 24, 1944: Six young American torpedo bombers were sent on a search-and-destroy mission in the Sibuyan Sea. Their target: the superbattleship Musashi, the pride of the Imperial Japanese Navy. The pilots were tasked with preventing the immense enemy warship from inflicting damage on American supply ships. Little did these men know that they had embarked on the opening round of historys greatest—and last—epic naval battle.

 

Two bomber crews launched in the first wave of attackers were shot out of the sky. Only pilot Will Fletcher survived the crash landing. Adrift at sea, Will made his way to land and escaped into the jungles of the Philippines, where he eluded capture by the Japanese with the help of Filipino guerrillas, whose ranks he joined to fight against their common enemy.

 

Intrepid Aviators is the thrilling true story of these brave bomber pilots, their daring duel with the Musashi, and Will Fletchers struggle to survive as a guerrilla soldier. The sinking of Musashi inflicted a crucial blow in the Battle of Leyte Gulf and marked the first time in history that aviators sank a Japanese battleship on the high seas.

 

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