Dave McComb is a management consultant specializing in business process development. A lifelong student of World War II destroyer history, he has in recent years promoted the subject extensively via the web and numerous articles. He is president of the Destroyer History Foundation, which he organized in collaboration with World War II shipmates for the purpose of making original source documents accessible and preserving their perspectives and collections.
US Destroyers 1942-45: Wartime classesby Dave McComb, Paul Wright
Few if any 20th century warships were more justly acclaimed than the destroyers of the US Navy's Fletcher class. Admired as they were for their advanced and rakish design, it was their record as workhorses of the Pacific War that placed them among the most battle-tested and successful fighting ships of all time. This title describes the Fletchers and their Allen M… See more details below
Few if any 20th century warships were more justly acclaimed than the destroyers of the US Navy's Fletcher class. Admired as they were for their advanced and rakish design, it was their record as workhorses of the Pacific War that placed them among the most battle-tested and successful fighting ships of all time. This title describes the Fletchers and their Allen M. Sumner- and Gearing-class derivatives, their machinery, armament, and construction, with a listing of all 343 ships by hull number and builder. It features an operational history of the 287 ships commissioned during World War II, which traces the evolution of night surface action tactics in the Solomon Islands and the parallel development of the Combat Information Center; the drive across the Pacific and liberation of the Philippines with tables showing the rapid introduction of new squadrons; and the radar pickets' climactic stand against kamikaze aircraft at Okinawa. With summaries of losses and decorations and specially commissioned artwork, this is a definitive book on the wartime US destroyer classes.
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In this second book of American destroyers of WWII Dave McComb continues the conciseness and clarity of his previous U.S. Destroyers 1934-45: Pre-war Classes with a book that covers the FLETCHER, ALLEN M. SUMNER, and GEARING Classes. McComb includes discussion of design criteria and an excellent detailed description of the technical differences among the three classes and individually among sub-classes and includes data from the various builders. Coupled with Paul Wright's ability to enhance with his remarkable paintings of ships and actions, the book is both imminently readable and informative. It provides a rare opportunity for naval historians, modelers, and enthusiasts to have so much information in one relatively thin volume. Though in the standard, short-survey, Osprey Publishing military book format, the book is complete and includes descriptions of major engagements as they relate to these ships and their suitability to meet the parameters for which they were designed and built. U.S. Destroyers 1942-45: Wartime Classes belongs in the library of every naval historian, professional or amateur, as one of the best handy references ever produced.