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F6F Hellcat vs A6M Zero-sen (Duel) by [Young, Edward M]
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The superb Mitsubishi A6M Zero-sen was without doubt the world's finest carrier fighter in 1942, but by late 1943 it had been surpassed by the heavyweight F6F Hellcat. The latter embodied the many lessons learned in combat by F4F Wildcat pilots fighting the Zero-sen in the first two years of the conflict.

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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
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  • 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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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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Enjoyed this. Typical Osprey 'Duel' book that gives a decent taste of the topic without going into vast detail.
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HASH(0x9e8efa24) out of 5 stars Taking the Measure of the Zero! 27 Aug. 2014
By Mike O'Connor - 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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HASH(0x9e53e3fc) 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!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e53d8dc) 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”.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e53d5d0) out of 5 stars GRAPPLING IN THE PACIFIC BLUE 24 May 2015
By KOMET - Published on Amazon.com
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Here's another fine example in the Duel series of books published by Osprey comparing 2 combat aircraft which fought each other in the skies, be it during the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, or Vietnam. In this case, Edward Young provides a concise, though comprehensive, history of the clashes that took place vis-a-vis the F6F Hellcat and the A6M Zero-Sen between October 5, 1943 and the end of the war on August 15, 1945.

From the Solomons and New Guinea to the Central Pacific, from the Philippines to the skies over Japan itself, the Hellcat took the measure of the once vaunted A6M Zero Sen fighter. Indeed Young points out that "... the duel between the Hellcat and the Zero-sen reflected a large battle between rival aeronautical technologies and industrial capacities, a battle America won. It was first to develop powerful aircraft engines of 2,000hp, design new fighters around these engines and get them into quantity production ahead of Japan. The 2,980 Japanese aircraft lost to Hellcats in combat during 1944 was the result. The Japanese aviation industry was never able to catch up, and eventually it ran out of time."

Furthermore, "[w]hile the Hellcat could out-perform the Zero-sen in most areas except maneuverability, having an aircraft of superior performance was not the sole requirement for success. Pilot quality was equally important. In this area the US Navy did a better job than the IJNAF [Imperial Japanese Naval Air Force] of providing its pilots with the training and combat tactics they needed to get the most out of their airplane. The US Navy's development of coordinated defensive and offensive tactics, based on teamwork between sections and divisions, and the rigorous practice in these tactics, proved superior to the individual combat tactics employed by the majority of Zero-sen pilots."

This book also has an impressive array of photographs, illustrations, and pilot accounts from the men who flew both fighters in combat. I give thanks to Osprey for providing the general reader and aviation enthusiast with another fine book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e53dc48) out of 5 stars Excellent series, excellent book 13 Nov. 2014
By genie - Published on Amazon.com
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I really like the publications from this publisher - short, to the point, excellent printing, excellent illustrations, well-written, authoritative text. My dad flew Hellcats in WWII; I was particularly interested in this book, and well-satisfied by it.
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