US Marine Corps Fighter Squadrons of World War II

US Marine Corps Fighter Squadrons of World War II

General Aviation
  • Author: Barrett Tillman
  • Short code: GNA
  • Publication Date: 20 May 2014
  • Number of Pages: 336
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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.

Biographical Note

Barrett Tillman is the world's most prolific US naval aviation author, having published over two-dozen titles on the World War 2 period alone. He has written numerous books for Osprey in recent years including the much acclaimed Aircraft of the Aces 10: Hellcat Aces of World War 2.

Contents

Prologue
The Fighters
Armament
US Marine Corps Fighter Aviation in World War II: An Overview
US Marine Corps Fighter Squadrons Deployed During World War II
Biographies
Medal of Honor Citations
Who is the Leading Marine Ace?
The Combat Strategy and Tactics of Maj Gregory Boyington
Wartime Interview with Capt J. J. Foss
List of Illustrations
Appendices
Selected Sources
Index


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