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First Team: Pacific Naval Air Combat from Pearl Harbor to Midway

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ISBN13: 9781591144717
ISBN10: 159114471x
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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.

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Independent scholar Lundstrom presents an operational history of carrier-based air warfare in the Pacific during the period 1939-1945. Drawing upon interviews with both American and Japanese pilots, he recounts the exploits of a group of ace fighter pilots known as the "first team" and places their extraordinary accomplishments within the context of larger carrier operations. The appendices offer supplemental information on such topics as aerial fixed gunnery, naval flight formations, and Japanese combat methods. This is the first paperback edition of a volume previously published in 1990.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Independent scholar Lundstrom presents an operational history of carrier-based air warfare in the Pacific during the period 1939-1945. Drawing upon interviews with both American and Japanese pilots, he recounts the exploits of a group of ace fighter pilots known as the "first team" and places their extraordinary accomplishments within the context of larger carrier operations. The appendices offer supplemental information on such topics as aerial fixed gunnery, naval flight formations, and Japanese combat methods. This is the first paperback edition of a volume previously published in 1990. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

John B. Lundstrom is Curator Emeritus of History at the Milwaukee Public Museum where he has worked since 1967. He is the author of five books, including Black Shoe Carrier Admiral, The First Team and the Guadalcanal Campaign and coauthor of Fateful Rendezvous: The Life of Butch O'Hare.

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Michael Monarchi, January 4, 2011 (view all comments by Michael Monarchi)
With the caveat that you have to enjoy military history, this is a book I highly recommend. Lundstrom writes lucidly (even about technical matters) and humanly, and the result is eminently readable, informative and yes, entertaining, even on a subject as inherently grim as warfare. He shows the armed forces' preparation and performance in a key aspect of the most important conflict in modern history in full light, whether good, bad, ugly, indiffernt or funny. I came out with an appreciation for the individual persons who had to live this unimaginable horror, and you can't ask for more from a book about warfare.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781591144717
Author:
Lundstrom, John B.
Publisher:
US Naval Institute Press
Subject:
Military - Aviation
Subject:
Military - Naval
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Campaigns
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Edition Description:
Naval Inst PR P
Publication Date:
20050731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
9.74x7.10x1.15 in. 2.11 lbs.

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