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Pacific payback : the carrier aviators who avenged Pearl Harbor at the Battle of Midway / Stephen L. Moore.

By: Moore, Stephen L.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, New York : New American Library, 2015Description: 436 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780451465535 (pbk); 0451465539 (pbk).Subject(s): United States. Navy. Bombing Squadron Six | United States. Navy. Scouting Squadron Six | Enterprise (Aircraft carrier : CV-6) | Midway, Battle of, 1942 | Dauntless (Dive bomber) | World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, American | World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations, American
Contents:
"We would have one helluva celebration" -- "Our world was shattered" -- The stuff -- "I was really upset" -- "We lost as much as we gained" -- Island raiders -- Arrival of the "new boys" -- "Something big was in the works" -- "God, this is it!" -- Five minutes of glory -- The deadly flights home -- The Japanese strike back -- The flying dragon strike -- "The little devil was most difficult to hit" -- "I wish I had just one more bomb."
Summary: Describes the fearless crew of the USS Enterprise whose offensive blow in the Marshall Islands against the Japanese led the turning of the tide during World War II.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Sunday, December 7, 1941, dawned clear and bright over the Pacific . . .

But for the Dauntless dive-bomber crews of the USS Enterprise returning to their home base on Oahu, it was a morning from hell. Flying directly into the Japanese ambush at Pearl Harbor, they lost a third of their squadron and witnessed the heart of America's Navy broken and smoldering on the oil-slicked waters below.
Over the next six months - as the Japanese scored victory after victory - many of this small band of aviators were killed by enemy Zero fighters, antiaircraft fire, or deadly crash landings in the Pacific, while others were captured and spent years in POW camps. Yet the Enterprise's Dauntless crews would be the first to strike an offensive blow against Japanese installations in the Marshall Islands, would be the first to sink a Japanese warship, and would shepherd the Doolittle Raiders' bombing of Tokyo.
Not until Midway, though, would Dauntless crews get the chance to settle the score...and change the course of World War II.

Drawing on dozens of new interviews and oral histories, author Stephen L. Moore brings to life inspiring stories of individual sacrifice and bravery-and the sweeping saga of one of America's greatest triumphs.

' A heartfelt tribute to the SBD pilots and radiomen . . . a valuable contribution to the history of the Pacific War.' John B. Lundstrom, author of The First Team

Includes bibliographical references (pages 381-393) and index.

"We would have one helluva celebration" -- "Our world was shattered" -- The stuff -- "I was really upset" -- "We lost as much as we gained" -- Island raiders -- Arrival of the "new boys" -- "Something big was in the works" -- "God, this is it!" -- Five minutes of glory -- The deadly flights home -- The Japanese strike back -- The flying dragon strike -- "The little devil was most difficult to hit" -- "I wish I had just one more bomb."

Describes the fearless crew of the USS Enterprise whose offensive blow in the Marshall Islands against the Japanese led the turning of the tide during World War II.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface (p. 1)
  • 1 "We Would Have One Helluva Celebration" (p. 5)
  • 2 "Our World Was Shattered" (p. 23)
  • 3 The Stuff (p. 46)
  • 4 "I Was Really Upset" (p. 56)
  • 5 "We Lost As Much As We Gained" (p. 67)
  • 6 Island Raiders (p. 106)
  • 7 Arrival of the "New Boys" (p. 135)
  • 8 "Something Big Was in the Works" (p. 156)
  • 9 "God, This Is It!" (p. 175)
  • 10 Five Minutes of Glory (p. 214)
  • 11 The Deadly Flights Home (p. 237)
  • 12 The Japanese Strike Back (p. 264)
  • 13 The Flying Dragon Strike (p. 276)
  • 14 "The Little Devil Was Most Difficult To Hit" (p. 302)
  • 15 "I Wish I Had Just One More Bomb" (p. 324)
  • Epilogue (p. 349)
  • Appendix: Decorations Awarded To USS Enterprise Dauntless Airmen For Action From December 7, 1941-June 6, 1942 (p. 361)
  • Sources (p. 377)
  • Bibliography (p. 381)
  • Chapter Notes (p. 395)
  • Index (p. 425)