Intrepid Aviators

Intrepid Aviators

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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 historya€™s greatesta€”and lasta€”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 Fletchera€™s 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. MAIN SELECTION OF THE MILITARY BOOK CLUB INCLUDES PHOTOGRAPHSbanner, firing his .50-caliber wing guns at the streamer as he came within range; he would break off his gunnery run ... Everyone in the gun pattern enjoyed the experience, except the tow-plane pilot, who was expected to fly straight and level and ... Pilots fired them at stationary targets or moving target sleds, just as they didanbsp;...

Title:Intrepid Aviators
Author:Gregory G. Fletcher
Publisher:Penguin - 2012-07-03


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