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F6F Hellcat vs A6M Zero-sen (Duel) [Kindle Edition]

Edward M Young , Jim Laurier , Gareth Hector
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The Grumman F6F Hellcat and Mitsubishi A6M Zero-sen were the two principal opposing fighters in the brutal aerial clashes of the Pacific War from 1943 onwards. Reminiscent of the preceding F4F Wildcat, the F6F Hellcat was designed specifically to counter the earlier A6M2 Zero-sen, the strengths and weaknesses of which became fully understood by US designers after an undamaged example was recovered in the Aleutians. The powerful Hellcat had an impressive top speed, rate of climb and armament, and it retained its predecessor's incredible ruggedness. The A6M5 Zero-sen was also born out of an earlier type, but was intended merely as a stop-gap until more modern Japanese fighters could be produced to restore performance parity with Allied aircraft. The chaotic conditions of the Japanese Aircraft industry and war economy prevented new types from being built. Featuring detailed artwork illustrating the technical specifications of these two types and the dramatic encounters between them, this volume focuses on how these iconic fighters came into being, and how they fared as they faced one another over the Pacific skies of World War II.

About the Author

Edward Young is a retired financial executive with degrees in Political Science from Harvard University and the University of Washington. During his career he held assignments in New York, London, Tokyo and Hong Kong. He has written a number of books and numerous articles on aviation and military history. He is the author of Osprey Campaign Series 136: Meiktila: The Liberation of Burma, Warrior Series 141: Merrills Marauders, Osprey Combat Aircraft Series 87: B-24 Liberator Units of the CBI, Duel Series 41: B-24 Liberator vs. Ki-43 Oscar and Osprey Aircraft of the Aces 109 American Aces Against the Kamikaze. He lives with his wife in Seattle, Washington.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 15133 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 Aug 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LFKPG5I
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Confrontation between opposites 30 Oct 2014
Format:Paperback
In my opinion, in order to best appreciate this title, this book has to be read immediately afterwards the no. 54th title in the same series (F4F vs. ZERO) and by the same author.
This can put in evidence how much in the WWII Pacific theatre was gained by US Navy aviation in so short time in comparison to the parallel Japanese falling down. Mr. Young is so effective in underlining the different genesis and aim of the two fighters, real emblematic of the two adversaries’ different military cultures. From one side USA had the F6F HELLCAT, a big, powerful and tough beast with a 2.200 HP P&W radial engine, 6 x 0.5” Browning guns, 6 tons max. weight and abundance of armour plating. On the other side of the ring, Japan had a tiny, nimble fighter, a real “sport’s plane” that was tight-fit for the pilot but highly vulnerable, lacking good protection for the pilot and the effective F6F self-sealing tanks.
The Author then describes the opposite’s tactics and the combat record in the different campaigns with vivid and dramatic descriptions. The “Marianas Turkey Shoot” was the epitome of the US supremacy against the one time invincible enemy: the US Navy lost only 10 HELLCAT and the well trained American pilots downed more than 100 ZERO!
By adding insult to injury, at the peak of the production the Grumman “Iron Works” churned away more than 500 HELLCAT a month, whereas the Japanese production lines (Mitsubishi but also Nakajima) struggled to assemble the ZERO in their hard damaged factories.
As usual in the series, the iconographic section (3 views, profiles, cockpit’s views and artist’s impression by the "magic" Gareth Hector and Jim Laurier) makes a valid complement to a “must have title”.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Taking the Measure of the Zero! 27 Aug 2014
By Michael OConnor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Edward Young's F6F HELLCAT VS A6M ZERO-SEN, PACIFIC THEATER 1943-44 is an excellent addition to the Osprey DUEL line and it's also one of the most historically important titles thus far published in the series. The aircraft in question - the F6F and A6M - both set the bar, at different times, in Pacific air combat. For the first year, Zeros ruled the skies, vanquishing just about every Allied fighter that opposed it. Then, in 1943, Hellcats arrived on the scene, ending the Zero's reign of terror and, in the process, turning the F6F into one of America's most significant war-winning weapons. The mano-a-mano match-up of these two fighters is wonderfully chronicled in Young's book.

Young has authored a number of Osprey titles, including several DUEL titles, and has the format down pat. He provides the strategic background to USN/IJN fighter combat, discusses the origins and development of both fighters, supplies needed technical specs, compares/contrasts USN/IJN training which played such an important role in the Zero's ultimate demise, describes F6F/Zero combats and closes with analysis and stats. The narrative is comprehensive, insightful and exciting.

The book is illustrated with the usual mix of vintage b&w photographs, color three-views, color scrap views, maps and diagrams. As always, Gareth Hector and Jim Laurier's artwork is first-class.

Air combat enthusiasts should latch on to a copy of F6F HELLCAT VS A6M ZERO-SEN, PACIFIC THEATER 1943-44. It not only tells an exciting story but also explains clearly and cogently why the Pacific air war changed when Grumman's superb Hellcat first met up with the Zero-Sen. Highly recommended.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Once again Osprey does it again! 27 Aug 2014
By Rick - Published on Amazon.com
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While the Zero has been covered in other duel book, this one is still fresh. I am very happy that this series continues. The art work is excellent, the pictures are great . The information is brief, but still informative. This series doesn't disappoint!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding overview of two major aerial combatants in the Pacific. 26 Oct 2014
By Jim Schmidt - Published on Amazon.com
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An excellent "compare and contrast" of the two major aerial combatants in the Pacific.
Mr. Young discusses the historical background, design, implementation, development and evolution of two of the greatest naval warplanes of WWII.

Similar to aircraft development of the German Luftwaffe, the Japanese relied almost solely on the A6M aircraft to prosecute the war, and both Axis powers did little to introduce new aircraft types based on their combat experience. By the time Hitler and Tojo realized their fighter development had lagged behind the Americans', it was too late. The Americans learned lessons from the early days of the war to create fighters specifically to satisfy the needs of the theater of the war. In Europe, the fitting of the Rolls Royce Merlin into the P-51 Mustang allowed fighter protection for bomber groups flying to Germany and return. Grumman studied the lessons learned from both the obsolescent F4F Wildcat and captured Zeros to design an airplane specifically to defeat the A6M. Combined with the attrition of experienced Japanese pilots, defeat of Imperial Japan in the air was all but assured when the Hellcat was deployed to the fleet.

By reviewing Japanese and American operational experience, political forces and budgetary considerations, Young paints a fascinating "behind the scenes" picture of how each of these airplanes came to face each other in the Pacific theater. Far from being unrelated due to very different military and political systems, the history of these airplanes is inextricably entwined.

Highly recommended for anyone interested in these airplanes or the air war in the Pacific.
5.0 out of 5 stars Confrontation between two symbols of opposite military cultures 30 Oct 2014
By Marco De Montis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In my opinion, in order to best appreciate this title, this DUEL series book has to be read immediately afterwards the no. 54th title in the same series (F4F vs. ZERO) and by the same author.
This can put in evidence how much in the WWII Pacific theatre was gained by US Navy aviation in so short time in comparison to the parallel Japanese falling down. Mr. Young is so effective in underlining the different genesis and aim of the two fighters, real emblematic of the two adversaries’ different military cultures. From one side USA had the F6F HELLCAT, a big, powerful and tough beast with a 2.200 HP P&W radial, 6 x 0.5” Browning guns, 6 tons max. weight and abundance of armour plating. On the other side of the ring , Japan had a tiny, nimble fighter, a real “sport’s plane” that was tight-fit for the pilot but highly vulnerable, lacking good protection for the pilot and the effective F6F self-sealing tanks.
The Author then describes the opposite’s tactics and the combat record in the different campaigns with vivid and dramatic descriptions. The “Marianas Turkey Shoot” was the epitome of the US supremacy against the one time invincible enemy: the US Navy lost only 10 HELLCAT and the well trained American pilots downed more than 100 ZERO!
By adding insult to injury, at the peak of the production the Grumman “Iron Works” churned away more than 500 HELLCAT a month, whereas the Japanese production lines (Mitsubishi but also Nakajima) struggled to assemble the ZERO in their hard damaged factories.
As usual in the series, the iconographic section (3 views, profiles, cockpit’s views and artist’s impression) makes a valid complement to a “must have title”.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Reading! 26 Dec 2014
By lordhoot - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I found this book to be a major improvement over the author's previous book that told the duel between the Wildcat and the Zero. In this book, it centered around the famed Zero-killer, the Hellcat and how well it matched up with the Japanese Zero whose time has past but still the front line fighter for the fading Japanese Empire. Unlike his previous book, the author clearly presented both sides of the hill in presenting this duel. He explained clearly why the Hellcat was better and why the Americans won as well as explaining why the Zero's days are way behind it and why the Japanese can no longer win. Japanese only chance to shoot down a Hellcat is basically, if the American pilot proves to be complacent or unaware. Hellcat holds all the cards against the Zero. American pilots better trained and better schooled compared to their Japanese counterparts. This book proves to be interesting to read, informative and well presenting both sides.
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