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Posted February 3, 2012
I bought this book because of a very favorable review in the Fall 2011 issue of Naval Aviation. The reviewer said, "This book contains more first-person accounts than I have seen in several years. The stories are done in a factual, even-handed style that enhances the overall narrative. As they make the trip up to the doorstep of Japan, bringing the war to the enemy, we can feel the emotion and perhaps the intense feeling of satisfaction, tempered by the daily losses that characterized this final stage of the war in the Pacific." I agree completely.
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Posted April 28, 2012
Overall the author does an excellent job of relating the experiences of both fighter and dive bomber-torpedo pilots. Only criticisim is the opening chapters regarding bombing attak in Norway precedes his training and childhood. Would cause less confusion. He also tends to repeat incidents and events.
Very descriptive representation of actual combat conditions, flights, and experiences. A factual reporting of combat missions and naval engagements.
I don't know what a the terms "fox tare baker", "sugar baker", "fox tare charlie", etc. mean. Would help the reader to have the regular names of vessel types instead of navy lingo. He obviously meant for the book to be read by naval personnel, disregarding the average reader.
Summay this is one of the better books regarding naval air combat.
Posted March 28, 2012
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