Clear the Deck!: Aircraft Carrier Accidents of World War II

Overview

Aircraft carrier operations were a dangerous business, especially in wartime. When air operations are confined to a flight deck of 50,000 square feet (escort carrier size), it was one of the most hectic and hazardous places on earth. Accidents were bound to happen. In wartime, the stakes were even higher as heavily loaded and armed combat planes went about their missions in unprecedented numbers. Commonly, there was no alternate airfield, no ...
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Overview

Aircraft carrier operations were a dangerous business, especially in wartime. When air operations are confined to a flight deck of 50,000 square feet (escort carrier size), it was one of the most hectic and hazardous places on earth. Accidents were bound to happen. In wartime, the stakes were even higher as heavily loaded and armed combat planes went about their missions in unprecedented numbers. Commonly, there was no alternate airfield, no time to lose, and absolutely no room for error.

Clear the Deck! showcases many never-before-published amazing and dramatic World War II-era, U.S. Navy battle damage, accident, and flight operations photographs gathered from the National Archives, National Museum of Naval Aviation, the Seattle's Museum of Flight, and numerous other collections.

This book features U.S. Naval aircraft in action from Eugene Ely to the Brewster Buffalo, to the ultimate fighters of World War II - Corsairs, Hellcats, Tigercats, and Bearcats - many coming to grief on pitching, rolling carrier decks. The action begins in the 1920s, heats up during the carrier battles of 1942-44, and concludes in the waters off the Japanese home islands as damaged fighters and torpedo bombers come back aboard ship - often times with disastrous consequences.
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Editorial Reviews

EAA Sport Aviation
If you read only one book this year, let this be that one.
Chris Banyai-Riepl
This is an interesting glimpse at a side of carrier aviation not often examined, and the quality printing and low price makes it a nice addition to any naval aviation library.
Internet Modeler
Hyperscale
This book is so interesting and easy to read that even if your generally not interested in US Navy flying, it is still worth having and the photographs are spectacular.
—Glen Porter
Jon Guttman
There's something here for everyone with an interest in flight's rough side.
Aviation History
Modeling Madness
In all, it is a superb book, not only from a historical context, but also as a photo essay of some of the most spectacular crashes and accidents that I have ever seen. Most highly recommended.
—Scott Van Aken
MWSA
A most enjoyable book for aviation and especially military aviation enthusiasts.
—Rob Ballister
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580071192
  • Publisher: Specialty Press Publishers & Wholesalers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/15/2008
  • Pages: 132
  • Sales rank: 1,358,162
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2008

    The good, the bad, and the REALLY unlucky...

    On a good day, the deck of an aircraft carrier is a dangerous place. On a bad day. it is the most dangerous place on earth. Author Cory Graff puts together a photo-history of aircraft carrier accidents during WWII that portrays in vivid fashion just how dangerous carrier aviation is. The book starts with a good synopsis of the beginning of the US Navy carrier aviation. The author then uses the war as a backdrop for his book, tying specific aircraft to each phase of the war, and recounting the situation in the Pacific as the book progresses. Graff's exhaustive research into Navy archives produced a range of carrier mishap photos spanning the gamut of comical to tragic. In addition, wherever possible, he also added a human element by detailing the fate of the pilot. The best part of this book is most certainly the pictures and accompanying captions. While the history of the Pacific War can be read in numerous sources, a photo collection of this many aircraft mishap pictures is much harder to come by, and Graff should be commended for his efforts to bring them together. A most enjoyable book for aviation and especially military aviation enthusiasts.

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