Pacific Payback

Pacific Payback

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Sunday, December 7, 1941, dawned clear and bright over the Pacific.... But for the Dauntless dive-bomber crews of the USS Enterprise returning to their home base on Oahu, it was a morning from hell. Flying directly into the Japanese ambush at Pearl Harbor, they lost a third of their squadron and witnessed the heart of Americaa€™s Navy broken and smoldering on the oil-slicked waters below. The next six months, from Pearl Harbor to the Battle of Midwaya€”a dark time during which the Japanese scored victory after victorya€”this small band of aviators saw almost constant deployment, intense carrier combat, and fearsome casualties. Many were killed by enemy Zero fighters, antiaircraft fire, or deadly crash landings in the Pacific, while others were captured and spent years in POW camps. Yet the Enterprisea€™s Dauntless crews would be the first to strike an offensive blow against Japanese installations in the Marshall Islands, would be the first to sink a Japanese warship, and would shepherd the Doolittle Raidersa€™ bombing of Tokyo. Not until Midway, though, would Dauntless crews get the chance to settle the score. In June 1942, Japan mobilized the best of its Navy to draw out the smaller American carrier fleet for a final showdown designed to destroy the U.S. Navy once and for all. What they didna€™t anticipate was the gutsy dive-bombing pilots and gunners whose courage and skill would change the course of World War II. Drawing on dozens of new interviews and oral histories, author Stephen L. Moore brings to life inspiring stories of individual sacrifice and braverya€”and the sweeping saga of one of Americaa€™s greatest triumphs. INCLUDES PHOTOSDuring his flight training at NAS Pensacola, he had dated the daughter of the station commandant, Captain Bill Halsey. Now Gallaher ... a€œAre we supposed to have an exercise with the Army?a€23 Gallaher ... In the VB6 ready room, Lieutenant Richard Halsey Best had been anxiously riding out the morning hours . His wife andanbsp;...

Title:Pacific Payback
Author:Stephen L. Moore
Publisher:Penguin - 2014-06-03


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