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But very dry and a little short on story, its a collection of the combat reports of Geralds time flying torpedo/bombing attacks off carriers during the second world war. It is interesting that Gerald flew in both theaters of operations, europe and the pacific and there are decent details in here about training but when you get further in to the book it becomes lists of people flying on raids with little in the way of description of what it was like or what was happening. A good read but something of a strugle to get through.
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on 9 July 2012
The style is good, the story was not that well known to me. The Americans were part of the Home Fleet? Didn't know that!. The Americans bombed Norway? Never knew that! However, there is a lot of detail here, an awful lot!
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on 3 May 2012
This book detailed an exciting and heroic time in the second world war. The aircraft carrier enabled the United States to carry the war away from its own shores and defeat the Japanese so successfully. This account brings home the sacrifices made by these brave young men.
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on 14 February 2013
A catalogue of experiences telling details of one of the first wartime squadron groups of The Amercan Navy covering events during the early part of their War as they gained experience from our Navy during operations against the German Occupiers of Norway. This inevitably carries on to The War in The Pacific joining the main Naval Carrier Task Forces there. Lots of littie storys of survival and events leading to the loss of someone's life add a human face to this book.
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on 7 January 2013
The book offered a slightly diferent view of Naval aviation during WW2 from the American side. I found it worth reading as it showed the dangers of crashes during the intensive training programmes. It also showed the differences in carrier operations between Britain & USA.
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on 29 December 2013
For those interested in these very brave young men who battled an enemy who possessed superior aircraft. It is written in a very matter of fact way without any 'gung-ho' heroics, which of course makes it all the more readable and humbling.
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on 25 May 2013
If you want to know what life was like on those big American flat-tops during the Pacific War look no further. I learned an awful lot from this book.
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on 24 January 2014
I was born in 1940 it was sad to read about all of our american friends that died helping to win that ------- war THANKS MATES.LOVE YOU LOTS George
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on 14 March 2013
I gave this book 3 stars as it was interesting but more like a newspaper report or a documentary,in other words quite boring at times.
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on 11 April 2014
A day to day account of one navy pilot officer experience on board several US aircraft carriers during WW2 hostilities.
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