By Robert J. Mrazek
One of many nice untold tales of global struggle II ultimately involves mild during this exciting account of Torpedo Squadron 8 and their heroic efforts in aiding an outmatched U.S. fleet win severe victories at halfway and Guadalcanal. those 35 American men--many flying superseded aircraft--changed the process background, occurring to develop into the war's such a lot adorned naval air squadron, whereas affliction the heaviest losses in U.S. naval aviation history.
Mrazek paints relocating photographs of the boys within the squadron, and exposes a surprising cover-up that expense many lives. full of exciting scenes of conflict, betrayal, and sacrifice, A sunrise LIKE THUNDER is destined to develop into a vintage within the literature of worldwide conflict II.
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He didn’t think the Navy could absorb the additional production. Because of Grumman’s immense energy, the Hellcat went from first flight to combat in little over a year. And it was fortunate that the F6F progressed so well, for the Corsair, with its exceptional speed and combat potential, was considered unsafe for carrier landings. The F4U had four problems which were not solved until 1944, and after the remedies were implemented it was even longer until the Vought operated regularly from carriers.
Hill Page 120: Catapult crewmen prepare a VF-29 F6F-3 for launch from the light carrier Cabot during operations against Formosa in early October 1944. Photo: R. M. Hill Page 148: Lieutenant Charles R. Stimpson, top scorer of VF-11. He was one of only four fighter pilots to achieve ace status in both the F4F Wildcat and the F6F Hellcat. On 14 October 1944, he shot down five Zekes in one mission. Photo: R. M. 50-caliber machine guns. The -5N was by far the most numerous version of all Hellcat night fighters.
S. carriers until the end of that year. As a result, the F6F’s arrival in combat was doubly important, since it offered a much greater chance than the Wildcat of defeating the Zeke. The big new Grumman would not only be able to engage the Japanese fighter on equal terms; it could dictate the rules of combat. And it had the range to seek out the enemy so he could be brought to battle. There were differences in performance between the two production Hellcat variants, the F6F-3 and -5, and in the Zero series from A6M2 to A6M5.