US Marine Corps Fighter Squadrons of World War II

US Marine Corps Fighter Squadrons of World War II

by Barrett Tillman


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The classic 1951 movie Flying Leathernecks starring John Wayne immortalized the USMC pilots who had fought in the skies over Guadalcanal and the Solomons.

The US Marine Corps has a long and proud heritage of aviation excellence, celebrating its centenary in 2012. While "flying leathernecks" made their mark in both world wars, Korea, Vietnam and more recently throughout the global war on terrorism, it was during World War II that they captured the hearts and minds of the public with their daring exploits. This is the first book to detail the legendary actions of famous fighter aces such as Medal of Honor winner John L Smith, Greg "Pappy" Boyinton, Marion Carl, Joe Foss, and many more. Barrett Tillman combines expert research into the history and organization of the Marine Fighter Squadrons with dramatic accounts of deadly dogfights.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782004103
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 05/20/2014
Series: General Aviation Series
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 563,134
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Barrett Tillman is the world's most prolific US naval aviation author, having published over two-dozen titles on the World War 2 period alone. He has written numerous books for Osprey in recent years including the much acclaimed Aircraft of the Aces 10: Hellcat Aces of World War 2. The author lives in Mesa, AZ.

Table of Contents

Prologue 8

The Fighters 10

Armament 20

US Marine Corps Fighter Aviation in World War II - An Overview 23

Us Marine Corps Fighter Squadrons Deployed During World War II 86

Biographies 154

Medal of Honor Citations 186

Who is the Leading Marine Ace? 191

The Combat Strategy and Tactics of Maj Gregory Boyington 193

Wartime Interview with Capt J. J. Foss 200

List of Illustrations 213

Appendices 226

Top 20 US Marine Corps Fighting Squadrons 226

Top Squadrons by Aircraft 227

US Marine Corps Medal of Honor Fighter Pilots 228

The Aces 229

Aces per Squadron 234

US Marine Corps Double Aces 235

First 25 US Marine Corps Aces 236

Leading US Marine Corps Aces 237

US Marine Corps Aces in a Day 237

Carrier Fighter Squadron Victory Totals 238

Top-Scoring US Marine Corps Carrier Pilots 238

US Marine Corps Aces who Died in World War II 239

Aces by Aircraft Type 239

Leading US Marine Corps Pilots by Aircraft Type 240

US Marine Corps Nightfighter Squadron Scores 241

Top US Marine Corps Nightfighter Pilots 241

Highest Daily Fighter Claims 242

Highest Squadron Daily Claims 242

Miscellany 243

US Marine Corps Fighter Squadrons deployed during World War II (six-month intervals) 245

Deployed US Marine Corps Fighter Squadrons of World War II 258

Non-deployed US Marine Corps Fighter Squadrons of World War If 260

Current US Marine Fighter and Attack Squadrons with World War II Heritage 261

Selected World War II Aviation Airfields 262

Selected Sources 264

Index 267

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