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In addition to offering a rousing and meticulously researched account of the famous sixth patrol, author and military historian Mark W. Allen unravels a ...
In addition to offering a rousing and meticulously researched account of the famous sixth patrol, author and military historian Mark W. Allen unravels a nautical mystery that had gone unresolved for over sixty years: the identity of the first Japanese submarine sunk by Batfish skipper John K. Fyfe. Controversy has surrounded the identity of the first submarine almost since the day of the sinking, but Leader of the Pack, through a diligent recreation of the events that unfolded in the days leading up to the sixth patrol, solves the mystery once and for all.
Lastly, Allen shares a personal story, never told before in such detail, of Batfish's rescue of three downed aviators who were forced to ditch their B-25 Mitchell bomber after it was hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire during a bombing mission on the Japanese homeland.
Posted December 26, 2012
This is not a book that will take it's place next to "Thunder Below", "Clear the Bridge", "Wahoo" or "Red Scorpion" It reads like the author transcribed the patrol reports. Also very short. 105 pages and over 20 devoted to appendices. If you are looking for interesting narratives on the submarine war in the Pacific, skip this one.
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Posted June 4, 2012