9781782004103

Us Marine Corps Fighter Squadrons of World War II

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  • ISBN13:

    9781782004103

  • ISBN10:

    1782004106

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-05-20
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
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Summary

The classic 1951 movie Flying Leathernecks starring John Wayne immortalized the USMC pilots who had fought in the skies over Guadalcanal and the Solomons.

The US Marine Corps has a long and proud heritage of aviation excellence, celebrating its centenary in 2012. While "flying leathernecks" made their mark in both world wars, Korea, Vietnam and more recently throughout the global war on terrorism, it was during World War II that they captured the hearts and minds of the public with their daring exploits. This is the first book to detail the legendary actions of famous fighter aces such as Medal of Honor winner John L Smith, Greg "Pappy" Boyinton, Marion Carl, Joe Foss, and many more. Barrett Tillman combines expert research into the history and organization of the Marine Fighter Squadrons with dramatic accounts of deadly dogfights.

Table of 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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