Carriers in Combat: The Air War at Sea

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Stackpole Books, Jun 11, 2007 - History - 336 pages
  • Engaging combat narratives from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Falklands War, Desert Storm, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and the current Iraq War
  • Razor-sharp analysis of the roles of ships, aircraft, commanders, tactics, and strategy

    Aircraft carriers surged into prominence during World War II--mainly in the Pacific, where the U.S. and Japan fought history's greatest carrier battles, like the Coral Sea and Midway. Since then, although there have been no engagements between carrier groups, carriers have played an important role in world events, serving as distant launching pads for attacks on targets around the globe. From the first improvised wooden platforms to today's nuclear-powered supercarriers, Hearn explores how combat experiences have driven the development and use of carriers in the world's navies.

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    Contents

    The Dawn of Naval Air Power
    1
    Eugene B Ely discusses the operation of his pusher with
    6
    Mobilizing for War
    19
    USS Langley Americas first carrier
    21
    Flattops in the Atlantic
    27
    British Martlet
    35
    The Rising Sun
    41
    Carriers at War
    55
    Hellcat prepares to takeoff from USS Yorktown
    166
    Ascent of the Air Admirals
    175
    Prelude to the Philippines
    187
    Leyte Gulf
    197
    Admiral Halsey during operations off the Philippines
    198
    Rear Admiral Gerald F Bogan
    204
    The Setting Sun
    213
    Avenger catapulted from USS Makin Island
    218

    Admiral Ernest J King
    58
    Battle of Errors
    73
    Vice Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher
    74
    The Turning Point
    87
    Vice Admiral Raymond A Spruance
    89
    USS Yorktown struck by divebombers
    102
    Evolution of Combat Tactics
    105
    Bridge scene on the USS Wasp during marine landing
    110
    USS Wasp is hit by Japanese torpedoes
    120
    Rear Admiral Arthur W Radford
    147
    Vice Admiral Jisaburo Ozawa
    159
    Command of the Seas
    229
    F4U Corsair taking off from USS Boxer off Korea
    235
    HRS helicopters fly off the USS Sicily off Korea
    241
    President Johnsons War
    243
    Skyraider preparing for takeoff on the USS Intrepid
    247
    Cold Wars and Brush Fires
    261
    The Desert Wars
    273
    Conclusion
    285
    Bibliography
    297
    Index
    303
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    Chester G. Hearn is the author of 18 books, including Sorties into Hell: The Hidden War on Chichi Jima (1-59228-687-9).

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