Aces Against Japan: The American Aces Speak

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In yet another superb, originally conceived offering, noted military historian, Eric Hammel brings us first-person accounts from thirty-nine of the American fighter aces who blasted their way across the skies of the Pacific and East Asia from December 7, 1941, until the final air battles over Japan itself in August 1945.
Coupled with a clear view of America's far-flung air war against Japan, Hammel's detailed interviews bring out the most thrilling in-the-cockpit experiences of ...
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Overview

In yet another superb, originally conceived offering, noted military historian, Eric Hammel brings us first-person accounts from thirty-nine of the American fighter aces who blasted their way across the skies of the Pacific and East Asia from December 7, 1941, until the final air battles over Japan itself in August 1945.
Coupled with a clear view of America's far-flung air war against Japan, Hammel's detailed interviews bring out the most thrilling in-the-cockpit experiences of the air combat that the Pacific War's best Army, Navy, and Marine pilots have chosen to tell.
Meet Frank Holmes, who defied death in an outmoded P-36 while still clad in a seersucker suit he had worn to mass earlier that morning. Fly with Scott McCuskey as, single-handed at Midway, he takes out two waves of Japanese dive-bombers that are attacking his precious aircraft carrier. Sweat out the last precious drops of fuel in a defective Marine Wildcat fighter as Medal of Honor recipient Jeff DeBlanc bores ahead to his target to keep the faith with the bomber crews he has been assigned to protect. Experience the ecstasy of total victory as Ralph Hanks becomes the Navy's first Hellcat ace-in-a-day when he destroys five Japanese fighters over the Gilbert Islands in a single mission.
A superb interviewer, Hammel has collected some of the very best air-combat tales from America's war with Japan. Combined with the four other volumes in The American Aces Speak series, this work will stand as an enduring testament to the brave men who fought the first and last air war in which high-performance, piston-engine fighters held sway. These are stories of bravery and survival, of men and machines pitted against one another in heart-stopping, unforgiving high-speed aerial combat. The American Aces Speak is a highly-charged emotional rendering of what men felt in the now-dim days of personal combat at the very edge of our living national history. There was never a war like it, and there never will be again. These are America's eagles, and the stories are their own, in their very own words.

Eric Hammel is the author of more than thirty other books, including Pacifica Military History's Ambush Valley, The Root: The Marines in Beirut, Six Days in June, Guadalcanal: Starvation Island and Guadalcanal: Decision At Sea..

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An ace is a combat flyer who has downed at least five enemy planes. There have been many American aces, and there are many books describing their exploits. Hammel, a distinguished military historian, has interviewed 25 aces who fought in the Pacific. None of them are professional writers or historians, and their first-person accounts of their exploits are unaffected and honest. No PR hype or dry-as-dust historian's prose here. Hammel allows his flyers to tell their own stories in their own way--from Lieutenant Frank Holmes's tale of flying an obsolete P36 over Pearl Harbor on December 7th to the desperate battles of Midway and Guadalcanal to final victory over Japan. Exciting stuff aviation and World War II buffs will love. Volume 2, Aces Over Germany will be published in spring 1993. For most public libraries.-- Stanley Itkin, Hillside P.L., New Hyde Park, N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780935553598
  • Publisher: Pacifica Military History
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.79 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2008

    A well written book about American aces going up against some of the most skilled fighter pilots of all time

    Wow! Another amazing history book from Eric Hammel. I truly recomend this book because its one of the best books about the pacific war thru the eyes of American fighter aces. Going thru Pearl Habor to the last mounth of the war its truly wounderful book.

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