Air War in the Pacific: The Journal of General George Kenney, Commander of the Fifth U.S. Air Force

Uncommon Valor Press - Kenney quickly changed this situation. The result was a disaster for the Japanese. He organized and energized the Fifth Air Force, bringing in operational commanders like Whitehead and Wurtsmith who knew how to run combat air forces. In short, innovative airman, Kenney was a brilliant, who drew on his own extensive flying experiences to inform his decision-making.

Included are 13 pages of maps and photographs. The classic example of kenney in action was the Battle of the Bismarck Sea, which marked the attainment of complete Allied air dominance and supremacy over Japanese naval forces operating around New Guinea. Kenney’s airmen used air power— particularly heavily armed B-25 Mitchell bombers—to savage Japanese supply lines, destroying numerous ships and effectively isolating Japanese garrisons.

Air War in the Pacific: The Journal of General George Kenney, Commander of the Fifth U.S. Air Force - General george churchill kenney arrived in the Southwest Pacific theater in August 1942 to find that his command, if not in a shambles, was in dire straits. Air war in the pacific is a book that has withstood the test of time, and which remains as the definitive work on the Pacific air campaign in World War II.

Air war in the pacific, first published in 1949 as General Kenney Reports: A Personal History of the Pacific War, is a classic account of a combat commander in action. He fixed the logistical swamp, making supply and maintenance supportive of air operations, and encouraging mavericks such as Pappy Gunn to make new and innovative weapons and to explore new tactics in airpower application.

The theater commander, General Douglas MacArthur, had no confidence in his air element.

The Saga of Pappy Gunn

Lycaon Books - Kenney's book uncovers the remarkable life of Pappy Gunn and his exploits through the Second World War, explaining why many generals, admirals and soldiers acknowledged that he was one of aviation's great pioneers. Pappy gunn is a loving tribute by the youngest son of one of the United States’ greatest heroes, one that highlights the humanity of a man who was a legend in his own time.

Historynet‘an affectionate biography of an almost legendary air force hero’ — Kirkus ReviewsGeorge Churchill Kenney 1889 –1977 was a United States Army Air Forces general during World War II. If any piece of equipment from the airplane itself to any of its hundreds of accessories failed to work, the universal answer was “Pappy can fix it, ” and Pappy could and did.

The Saga of Pappy Gunn - His major work was general kenney reports 1949, a personal history of the air war he led from 1942 to 1945. This is the story of an extraordinary character. He was one of the great heroes of the Southwest Pacific in World War II, a mechanical genius, and one of the finest storytellers I have ever known. Four-star general Kenney pays tribute to a remarkable man in this biography.

Colonel paul irvin “pappy” Gunn was a fearless fighter who demonstrated his qualities of leadership. Kenney wrote three books about the SWPA air campaigns he led during World War II. To the youngsters fresh from the training fields and untried in air combat he was an example, a confidence builder, an inspiration, and an invaluable man to have around.

Thunderbolt!: The Extraordinary Story of a World War II Ace

Uncommon Valor Press - Johnson, one of the leading fighter pilot aces of the U. S. Army air force in World War II. Thunderbolt!, first published in 1958, is the memoir of Robert S. Flying the republic p-47 thunderbolt, johnson is credited with 28 enemy kills, and was the first pilot in the European theater to surpass Eddie Rickenbacker's World War I tally of 26 enemy planes destroyed.

The book puts the reader squarely in the cockpit of the Thunderbolt as Johnson describes his many missions, encounters with German pilots, and close-calls, and remains a classic account of wartime aviation.

Widow Maker: A Novel of World War II

Llumina Press - But even after these young americans make the transition into seasoned warriors, they are still faced with the grim reality that some of them will survive--and some will not. Six young americans have been assigned to fly the Martin B-26 Marauder in combat during World War II. Against the setting of world war ii europe, the heart and minds of these young men are revealed as they are forces to make a swift and frequently terrifying journey into manhood.

The differences between them, seemingly irreconcilable at first, fade away as they form the ancient bond between men whose lives must depend upon one another in combat. The b-26--dubbed widow maker by the press and the aircrews who flew her--was one of the most controversial aircraft produced in the United States during the war.

Widow Maker: A Novel of World War II - . These young men find themselves confronted not only with doubts about the airplane they are given to fly, but also the sometimes fatal choices made by a military organization unprepared to employ them in combat.

One Man Air Force

Sheraton Publishing - After shooting down thirty german airplanes, the equivalent of nearly two whole Luftwaffe squadrons, Gentile is rightly respected as one of America’s greatest ever air aces. Gentile’s personal account of life fighting through the skies of World War Two provides fascinating insight into the mind of this young pilot.

. The feelings of engaging an enemy in a dogfight, of having a Messerschmidt close on your tail, and of soaring into the air in Spitfires, Thunderbolts and Mustangs are all encompassed within this memoir. The admiration that Gentile commanded was demonstrated when General Dwight D. It is also the story of a new type of american — one who has been growing up all around this older generation of ours, sometimes, it seems, while we were hardly looking and who will be ready to take over and make use of the air power that is predicted now to lie just beyond the war.

One Man Air Force - Ira S. This work was published shortly after he finished front line duty in 1944. Wolfertafter surviving all the germans could muster, he was killed in 1951 in a simple crash of a jet trainer while testing near Andrews AFB, Maryland. He was posthumously promoted to major and was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton.

Eisenhower presented the pilot with the Distinguished Flying Cross and stated, “You are a One-Man Air Force. Gentile, takes the reader from his earliest memories of wanting to learn to fly through to his entry into the Second World War, through the course of three hundred and fifty combat hours in one hundred and eighty-two sorties, in the course of this short book, up to the moment when he was removed from front line combat in 1944.

The Navy’s Air War Annotated: A Mission Completed

The War Vault - Author and historian albert buchanan recreates the engagements of the Pacific and Atlantic combat theaters with near clinical detail, from the Pearl Harbor Attack to the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri. The navy's air war is the definitive account of the critical role the US Navy's aircraft played in World War 2.

Interwoven within these aerial combat narratives is background information on technological innovations, training programs, production methods, and the important players involved. This new edition of the navy's Air War: A Mission Completed includes annotations and photographs from World War 2. Annotations.

One Damned Island After Another: The Saga of the Seventh

Brigadier Books - They fought at midway, saipan, eniwetok, Tarawa, Kwajalein, the Philippines, Iwo Jima, Truk, Palau, Guadalcanal, and finally Tokyo. Clive howard and joe whitley’s history of this remarkable air force covers from the events at Pearl Harbor through to V-J Day, covering every single island that the force landed on in between.

They listened to demand of corporal earl nelson’s article “heroes don’t win wars”, that criticised the press and radio that only recorded the fantastic achievements of men who wore medals; “Why don’t they talk about the guy who is just a soldier?” So with humor and insight Howard and Whitley have provided us with a history of the Seventh Air Force that doesn’t focus on only the glorious achievements of some men, nor does it simply record the accounts of the “brass hats”, but instead gets to the heart of what the men of this extraordinary force did and thought.

One Damned Island After Another: The Saga of the Seventh - Clive howard and joe whitley were both sergeants and served as correspondents for the Seventh Air Force. In this huge area and against a fearsome opponent, the men of the Seventh were forced to fly the longest missions in any theater of war, entirely over water and, at first, without fighter escort. Out of the inferno emerged the newly reformed Seventh Air Force.

It faced, the largest water theater in the world — sixteen million square miles, in the central Pacific, five times the size of the United States. Their book one damned Island After Another was first published in 1946. The americans patched up their planes as best they could and began to fly the "Atoll Circuit, " the low-lying, white sand atolls and the first stepping stones on the long road to Tokyo.

The Battle of Midway: Searching for the Truth

- It was seeded at a 1989 reunion of the author's WW II dive bombing squadron. It is a book that challenges official history, naval institutions and historians. Wade mcclusky, who led the dive bombers in a fiery charge that resulted in the sinking of all four Japanese aircraft carriers. It is the story of a scandal without evil that brings profit to no one.

It is a story of misguided men traveling a path paved with good intentions. It is an appeal for a posthumous Medal of Honor for an underappreciated hero of the Battle of Midway, Lt. Cmdr. The decision of this 40-year-old annapolis trained pilot to risk his entire squadron of dive bombers by taking them beyond the 'point of no return' saved the day for our Navy, as well as the British at Suez, the Russians at Stalingrad, the State of Israel and China.

The Battle of Midway: Searching for the Truth - It is an important book historically by a decorated 94-year-old dive bomber combat veteran whose only purpose is to bring out the truth and preserve the reputations of other important officers who have been maligned by 21st century creative historians who have published fiction as fact. It is a story that has fascinated me as it evolved from necessary wartime secrecy to unnecessary secrecy today… 74 years later.

It begins with an idle curiosity and ends with an appeal. This is a book about the 1942 Battle of Midway, the turning point of the Pacific war against Japan.

Hellcats of the Sea Annotated: Operation Barney and the Mission to the Sea of Japan

Bowsprit Books - Author charles lockwood sink ‘em all brings his unique flair for submarine warfare story-telling to his account of Operation Barney, the secret mission during World War 2 to extend the conflict in the Pacific beyond the Sea of Japan and closer to the enemy’s coastline. Hellcats of the sea is a riveting account of the planning and events of those 15 days.

Annotated edition with original footnotes. Includes photographs from Operation Barney. Sub was equipped with newly designed mine-detectors and Mark-18s -- electronic torpedoes that left no traceable wakes or fume exhausts. Submarines sinking 28 Japanese ships totaling some 70, 000 tons. Each U. S. Operation barney continued for 15 days and proved a crucial breakthrough in the war, with U.

Hellcats of the Sea Annotated: Operation Barney and the Mission to the Sea of Japan - S. On june 9, torpedoes from nine american submarines – ‘The Hellcats’ – were launched at dozens of Japanese freighters, 1945, paralyzing maritime operations between Japan and Korea.

At Close Quarters: PT Boats in the United States Navy

Milesian Publishing - After v-j day, 1945, the navy continued bulkley’s commission and asked him to write the official history of PT boats in WWII — At Close Quarters: PT Boats in the United States Navy is the groundbreaking result. The thorough and competent account herein of over-all PT boat operations in World War II, compiled by Captain Robert Bulkley, a distinguished PT boat commander, should therefore prove of wide interest.

As a result he produced a shipshape manuscript. Rear admiral Ernest McNeill EllerRobert J. Bulkley joined the pt division of the Navy in 1941, and immediately fell in love with the small and deadly weaponized boat. Kennedy commanded in the pacific theater in WWII, popular interest in PT boats has grown substantially since they first emerged as brilliant boats in naval engagements throughout the war.

Bulkley provides a detailed account of the origins and history of PT boats, from the part they played in WWI to the improvements and developments made to their design prior to WWII. They played their part with zest in the far reaching, powerful Navy team. The crews of no other vessels experienced so high a degree of personal engagement with the enemy.

At Close Quarters: PT Boats in the United States Navy - Robert bulkley robert bulkley’s definitive history of patrol torpedo boats in World War Two is exceptionally detailed, meticulously researched, and is a must-read for any naval enthusiast. This work was first published in 1962, three years before Captain Bulkley passed away. Best-known as the boat that future president John F.

Tail-End Charley: Stories from an American fighter pilot in World War II

- Brown tries to fake to his flight instructor that he has flown before. But brown offers much more insight in this memoir. On his nineteenth birthday, James E. On his twenty-first birthday, france, Brown is on his way home after logging eighty-five missions in a P-47 fighter over Italy, and Germany. Brown’s stories surrounding his training and combat experiences in World War II reveal brushes with death, continuous peril and, ultimately, a coming of age for a young man whose freshman year in college becomes instead a heroic engagement with one of the fiercest enemies his country has ever encountered.

Ever dutiful to the mother who tells him to “write it down, Jamie, ” Brown notes his experiences in the journal she provides and adds detail later to deliver a firsthand account of life as a pilot in the final months of combat within the European Theater. Serving as tail-end charley – the last man out – in most of the missions he flew, Brown’s job was to record results for the interrogation officers afterward.

Tail-End Charley: Stories from an American fighter pilot in World War II - Follow his triumphs and travails with colleagues who become lifelong compatriots during an indelible period in American history.