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Night Flying Avenger.


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ISBN 10: 0938539027 / ISBN 13: 9780938539025
Published by Newmark Publishing Co. ,, 1988
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Xvi, 297, (2) pages, cloth, DJ, very good. 1st edition. From the estate of aviation collector Colin Kidd and with his embossed label. From the DJ: "In this exciting book about the first naval aviators who took off and landed at night on carriers during World War 11, Pete Grant, a combat pilot, takes you into the cockpit of his night torpedo bomber as he and his fellow pilots attack German submarines in the mid-Atlantic Gap and later participate in the first night carrier raids over Tokyo on February 16, 1945. With realism that only a navy pilot who was there can recall, he dramatically describes the fighting and tells what it felt like to be shot off a catapult at night, at full throttle, from the deck of the U. S. S. Saratoga, the "Queen of the Flattops." The reader experiences the fears and heartaches of these pioneering night pilots as they prepare for battle, fly their missions, and then attempt safe landings at night on a carrier bobbing around in the middle of the ocean. Grant presents new insight into what actually happened on February 21, 1945, when the Sara was hit by seven Japanese kamikaze planes and almost sunk off the coast of Iwo Jima. The Japanese were attempting to finish off the Saratoga as she gave air support for the marines trying to take the island. He dramatically illustrates the problems and disasters that can develop in combat when quick decisions have to be made in interpreting a blip on a radar screen in a plane or in a ship's combat intelligence center. The "Avenger" torpedo bombers, piloted by Pete Grant, and other naval aviators, played an important role during World War II and is similar to the plane flown by President George Bush when he was shot down in the Pacific. After reading this story you'll soon realize that Pete Grant has written an awesome book about the first carrier-based night pilots that is clear, authentic, reflective, and is truly "autobiographical. ".". Bookseller Inventory # 32457

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Title: Night Flying Avenger.

Publisher: Newmark Publishing Co. ,

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition

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The author presents a fictional account of his years as a combat pilot during World War II, detailing attacks on German submarines in the mid-Atlantic, the first night carrier raids over Tokyo in February, 1945, and the Japanese kamikaze attack on the U.S.S. Saratoga

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This "autobiographical historical novel" describes incidents in the lives of naval pilots during World War II. Grant tells anecdotes about college, flying school, and combat aboard the Saratoga in 1944 and 1945. Although the book is clearly heartfelt, it is poorly organized, confusing, and awkwardly written. The author has de-emphasized the combat and flying aspects of his tale and emphasizes historical background, even though in many cases the background does not seem to relate to the narrative. Grant presents no new insights and covers no new territory. This is recommended only for libraries with heavy demand for World War II fiction.
- Edwin B. Burgess, U.S. Army TRALINET Ctr., Fort Monroe, Va.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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