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Flying Buccaneers: The Illustrated Story of Kenney's Fifth Air Force

Birdsall, Steve

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ISBN 10: 0385032188 / ISBN 13: 9780385032186
Published by Doubleday, Garden City, 1977
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Title: Flying Buccaneers: The Illustrated Story of ...

Publisher: Doubleday, Garden City

Publication Date: 1977

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: First

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From dust jacket notes: "Here is the first complete history of the Fifth Air Force - one of the most colorful, innovative, and effective combat units of World War II. Under the leadership of General George C. Kenney, the airmen of the Fifth distinguished themselves in almost all the major engagements of the Pacific air war - reversing the Japanese tide of conquest in New Guinea, leading the way for MacArthur's triumphant return to the Philippines, and participating in the final air strikes over Japan before the decision to drop the nuclear bomb which ended the war. Inspired by the courage, dedication, and ingenuity of their commander, the men of the Fifth overcame severe shortages of aircraft and supplies to become a legendary fighting force. Steve Birdsall tells their story in a fascinating blend of history and anecdote, combining official accounts with the reminiscences of the veterans themselves, and bringing to life not only the battles, but such personalities as Art Rogers and the Jolly Rogers, the brilliant tactician Ken McCullar, Dick Bong and Tommy McGuire - the two top fighter aces of the war - and many more. Highlighting the text are over two hundred rare photographs of the men and aircraft of this remarkable combat unit - the Flying Buccaneers of World War II."

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