Semper Fi in the Sky: The Marine Air Battles of World War II

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Here, one of America’s most popular military historians re-creates, using their own moving and powerful voices, the true stories of the U.S. Marine pilots who flew the Allies to victory in World War II. These riveting accounts recreate conflicts ranging from the Marines’ gallant defense of Wake Island, where Captain Henry “Baron” Elrod destroyed two enemy planes before joining the fight on the ground, earning a posthumous Medal of Honor in the last-ditch attempt to stave off the...

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Overview

Here, one of America’s most popular military historians re-creates, using their own moving and powerful voices, the true stories of the U.S. Marine pilots who flew the Allies to victory in World War II. These riveting accounts recreate conflicts ranging from the Marines’ gallant defense of Wake Island, where Captain Henry “Baron” Elrod destroyed two enemy planes before joining the fight on the ground, earning a posthumous Medal of Honor in the last-ditch attempt to stave off the Japanese, to the Battle of Midway and Guadalcanal.

Running the gamut from Second Lieutenant Alvin Jensen’s single-handed destruction of twenty-four grounded Japanese aircraft on Kahili to Lieutenant John W. Leaper’s sawing off a Kamikaze’s tail with his propeller over Okinawa, these thrilling oral histories of the Pacific war’s air battles bring them to life in all their terror and triumph.

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“Captures the drama of aerial combat in the Pacific as never before.”
–Carlo D’Este, author of Eisenhower: A Soldier’s Life

“All I wanted to be was an airplane pilot, and here I am in an airplane trying to kill someone.”
–Mel Freeman, pilot, Guadalcanal, from Semper Fi in the Sky

“A riveting account, by a master craftsman, of the exploits of the heroic Marine Corps airmen of World War II.”
–Carlo D’Este

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780891418771
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/29/2005
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 580,530
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Taking wings 3
2 Pearl Harbor and Wake Island 22
3 Disaster and victory at Midway 37
4 Cactus sprouts 56
5 Cactus buds 80
6 Cactus threatened 103
7 Cactus preserved 123
8 First offensive strikes 143
9 Cactus wanes 164
10 Carrying the flag farther 192
11 Bougainville, the Gilberts, and the Marshalls 209
12 Central Pacific operations 224
13 Left behind 242
14 The Gilberts and the Marshalls 262
15 From the Marianas to the Philippines 287
16 Supporting MacArthur 303
17 Okinawa 322
18 Final battles 340
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2014

    Good outline - needs more detail

    Enjoyed reading this coverage of the Marines in WWII. I think there could have been more detail in the actual engagements and the training of the pilots.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Its pretty fair

    A few factual errors that only a purist would know. Prose is okay. Good insight and background on several of the marine corps aviators.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    well

    havent read it yet

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