This book is a real mine of never published photos about USMC Aviation during World War 2 in the Pacific, testimonies, genuine flight gear and equipment, period documents... Author's note on the back cover : "When Japan attacked the United States on December 7, 1941, Americans realized they would be fighting on the largest battlefield in history: the Pacific Ocean. The evolution of this conflict, which started with carrier strikes, made aviation and aircraft carriers the dominant elements of the two majors combatants. Among those deployed by the Americans were elite aviators attached to the Marine Corps from ground-based or embarked units. Fighting in a hostile environment thousands of miles away from home, these men performed courageous exploits daily. Using original source material from the photographic albums and the archives of some of them, here is their history." Contents Introduction : 10 pages Chapter 1 VMSB-144 : 18 pages Chapter 2 VMSB-235 : 10 pages Chapter 3 VMF-222 : 61 pages Chapter 4 VMSB-341 : 10 pages Chapter 5 VMTB-143 : 48 pages Chapter 6 VMF-512 : 18 pages Chapter 7 VMTB-454 : 15 pages Bibliography, acknowledgments : 1 page Size 9.05" x 12.40" (23 x 31 cm) Hard cover - 192 pages - 406 original photos and period documents 20 pages of reconstructions and flight gear 19 plane profiles in color
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