US Marine Corps Fighter Squadrons of World War II
Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014/05/20 - 336 ページ
The US Marine Corps has a long heritage of aviation excellence, a reputation that was largely built on the impact and performance of the “flying leathernecks” in the bitter fighting in the Pacific during World War II. As the US island-hopping campaign against Japan gathered pace, US Marine Corps fighter squadrons operating legendary Grumman and Vought aircraft became instrumental in the success of amphibious assaults and in breaking fierce enemy resistance, engaging Japanese attack aircraft in the skies and ground-based targets while supporting and protecting US ground forces. The flying legends Marion Carl, Greg “Pappy” Boyington, Joe Foss and others were all World War II Marine fighter pilots, taking to the skies in Corsairs, Wildcats, Venturas and Hellcats. Aviation historian Barrett Tillman's comprehensive account US Marine Corps Fighter Squadrons of World War II pays homage to these individuals and their mounts, and is packed with historic and organizational details of the squadrons who took to the skies above the Pacific.
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1945 Subsequent record aboard aces TOP SCORERS AERIAL COMBAT RECORD Air Medals aircraft airfield AirSols April attack August Author’s collection Bauer bombers bombs Bougainville Boyington Cactus Capt Cherry Point command Corps fighter squadrons Corsairs credited DeBlanc December DEPLOYMENTS destroyer divebombers enemy Eric Hammel escort Espiritu Santo February flew flight floatplanes flying four Galer GENEALOGY Established Grumman Guadalcanal guns Hanson Hellcats Ie Shima Island January Japanese Joe Foss July June kamikaze kills landing later leatherneck lost MajJ March Marine Air Group Marine Carrier Air Marine Corps Marine Corps fighter Marine Corps squadrons Marion Carl MCAS Medal of Honor Midway missions months Naval Aviation Navy Cross nightfighter November October Okinawa operations Pacific Peleliu planes Rabaul redesignated scored September ships shot Solomons splashed strafing Subsequent record Deactivated Swett Tailhook Association Ulithi unit USAAF Vals Vella Lavella victories VMF Walsh Wartime COs Maj Wildcats Wing Zekes Zeroes