Semper Fi in the Sky: The Marine Air Battles of World War II

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Here, one of America’s most popular military historians re-creates, using their own moving and powerful voices, the true stories of the U.S. Marine pilots who flew the Allies to victory in World War II. These riveting accounts recreate conflicts ranging from the Marines’ gallant defense of Wake Island, where Captain Henry “Baron” Elrod destroyed two enemy planes before joining the fight on the ground, earning a posthumous Medal of Honor in the last-ditch attempt to stave off the Japanese, to the Battle of Midway and Guadalcanal.

Running the gamut from Second Lieutenant Alvin Jensen’s single-handed destruction of twenty-four grounded Japanese aircraft on Kahili to Lieutenant John W. Leaper’s sawing off a Kamikaze’s tail with his propeller over Okinawa, these thrilling oral histories of the Pacific war’s air battles bring them to life in all their terror and triumph.

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Gerald Astor is a World War II veteran and award-winning journalist and historian whose articles have appeared in the New York Times, Playboy, and Esquire. He is also the author of A Blood-Dimmed Tide: The Battle of the Bulge by the Men Who Fought It and Operation Iceberg: The Invasion and Conquest of Okinawa in World War II. He makes his home in Scarsdale, New York.

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Astor now adds to his distinguished record as a popular military historian this superior history of Marine Corps aviation in World War II. That story opened in the wreckage of the corps' Hawaiian base at Ewa and with heroism in the last-ditch defense of Wake Island. It ended with marine Corsairs flying tactical missions in support of the coming invasion of Japan from bases in Okinawa. In between, the marines raised one of the world's larger air forces and carried out every form of mission except strategic bombing and despite the high casualty rate of their efforts at carrier-based fighter operations. Astor's treatment is balanced and sober. He doesn't exaggerate the swashbuckling qualities of Gregory Boyington's famous "Black Sheep" squadron, and he gives all due credit to the outstanding air-defense and antishipping work done at Guadalcanal. Altogether, this book is Robert Sherrod's venerable History of Marine Corps Aviation in World War II (1952; 2d ed., 1980) updated for younger generations who need the story newly retold. Roland Green
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