US Navy Ships vs Japanese Attack Aircraft

1941–42

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US Navy Ships vs Japanese Attack Aircraft

1941–42

Description

The striking power of the Imperial Japanese Navy's carrier-­based attack aircraft was established at Pearl Harbor, and the IJN's carrier-­based torpedo­ and dive-­bombers showed their prowess again at the Battle of Coral Sea when they sank the US Navy carrier USS Lexington and damaged the carrier USS Yorktown. Even at the disastrous Battle of Midway, the relatively small number of IJNAF attack- and torpedo-bombers that were launched against the US fleet proved that they remained a potent force by heavily damaging Yorktown again, which allowed an IJN submarine to sink the carrier. At Guadalcanal, IJNAF carrier-based aircraft sank the carrier USS Hornet and badly damaged USS Enterprise twice.

However, throughout 1942, US Navy ship defences brought down an increasing number of attacking IJNAF aircraft. The final major battle of the year, the Battle of Santa Cruz, exacted crippling losses on the IJN, setting the stage for the eclipse of the IJNAF's highly trained and effective aviation attack forces.

Packed with illustrations and contemporary photographs, this engrossing volume details the design, tactics, and operational records of both the US Navy ships and the IJNAF aircraft which attacked them over the year following Pearl Harbor.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chronology
Design and Development
Technical Specifications
The Strategic Situation
The Combatants
Combat
Statistics and Analysis
Aftermath
Further Reading
Index

Product details

Published Sep 17 2020
Format Ebook (Epub)
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781472836458
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Series Duel
Short code DUE 105
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Mark Stille

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Jim Laurier

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