General Chennault's Secret Weapon

Overview

This book records the World War II experiences of Captain Elmer E. Haynes, who flew low-altitude night radar strikes against Japanese shipping in the South China Sea, and daylight raids against various enemy land based installations in eastern and central China. Haynes flew secretly developed B-24 Liberator bombers that were equipped with radar which had been integrated with the Norden bombsight for night missions. These B-24's operated with the 14th Air Force--General Chennault's Flying Tigers. The bombing ...

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Overview

This book records the World War II experiences of Captain Elmer E. Haynes, who flew low-altitude night radar strikes against Japanese shipping in the South China Sea, and daylight raids against various enemy land based installations in eastern and central China. Haynes flew secretly developed B-24 Liberator bombers that were equipped with radar which had been integrated with the Norden bombsight for night missions. These B-24's operated with the 14th Air Force--General Chennault's Flying Tigers. The bombing attacks were so accurate and successful that, in a little over a year, Haynes and his fellow pilots had sunk approximately a million tons of Japanese shipping. Due to the Top Secret classification of this equipment, the story of the radar B-24's, operating with the Flying Tigers, has never before been told.

The war in the Pacific was definitely brought to a quicker end by the devastating destruction caused by the sinking of such a tremendous number of Japanese merchant and naval vessels in the South China Sea. In its three years of operation, the 14th Air Force was credited with sinking two and a half million tons of enemy shipping. The radar-equipped B-24's were also used on reconnaissance missions--locating Japanese convoys for U.S. naval ships and submarines. Military historians, and anyone interested in World War II, will find this story highly informative, since it discloses never before published facts about the development of radar systems by the United States. This same radar technique was used by B-17's during the saturation night bombing raids over Germany.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275943530
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/10/1992
  • Pages: 266
  • Lexile: 1030L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

A.B. FEUER is a military historian and freelance newspaper and magazine journalist.

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Table of Contents

Maps
Foreword
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Flight to Chabua, India 1
2 Introduction to War in China 11
3 Combat at Last 27
4 The Air War Heats Up 43
5 The Quick and the Dead 59
6 Suichwan: Outpost in Hell 71
7 The Legend of "Hainan Harry" 89
8 R&R: Rest and Recreation in China 105
9 Ordeal in the Jungle: Harry Marshall's Story 111
10 Panic in the Skies 117
11 Formation of the 308th Radar Control Detachment No. 1 129
12 The South China Sea: Cauldron of Death 143
13 Japan's Last Hurrah in China 151
14 Homeward Bound and the Death of Harry Marshall 159
Epilogue 163
Appendix I: Air Bases and Targets, with Approximate Headings and Distances 165
Appendix II: Missions Logged by Elmer E. Haynes 169
Appendix III: Letters of Commendation 173
Appendix IV: Documents on the Operations of the 308th Bomb Group Radar Control Center 179
Glossary 191
Index 193
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