Love and Glory: The Death of a Torpedo Squadron

 
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This novel probes and reveals the hitherto untold full story of the massacre of torpedo squadrons at Midway. The historical record has covered over the obsoleteness of the planes, the lack of fuel, the dud torpedoes, and many other deficiencies which are discovered in preparations for battle by pilots who die in the attack on the Japanese fleet. Clay Hunt, the book's hero, and his squadron mates struggle to live with a fate that develops at sea and with their wives and lovers. Poor tactics and deadly command mistakes are opened up in a description of a scandalous coverup.

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Born in Manchester, Georgia, in 1923, Alvin Kernan grew up on a ranch in Wyoming. He enlisted in the navy in 1941 and was aboard the USS Enterprise at Pearl Harbor. An aerial gunner in torpedo planes he served aboard aircraft carriers in the Pacific for the remainder of the war. After the war he taught at Yale and Princeton for many years. Crossing the Line, a memoir of his navy life, was first published in 1995. In 2005 Yale University Press published The Unknown Battle of Midway, The Destruction of the American Torpedo Squadrons, an analysis of the disaster that overwhelmed them in the greatest of navy battles. Recently he has published the Clay Hunt Novels of the Pacific Air War of which the present volume is the third, portraying the beginning of our drive across the Pacific in 1943 and the development of aircraft carrier night fighters.

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