The Ghosts that Died at Sunda Strait by Walter G. Winslow
Recounting the last stand of the heavy cruiser Houston, this tale of survival brings to life the 1942 battle at Sunda Strait.
|Publisher:||Naval Institute Press|
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|File size:||5 MB|
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Winslow died a few years ago. He was an aviator aboard the USS Houston (CA-30) and flew the scout planes. The awesome history of his ship and those who survived the last battles is gripping. It is true. It is awesome. The book gives an excellent background to the history of the ship before WWII and then its roll as flagship of the Asiatic Fleet and its leadership rolls in battle as the 'Fleet The God's Forgot' placed itself in front of the Japanese Imperial Fleet ... effectively acting as a 'speed bump' to slow the crushing advance. The Battle of The Java Sea was a terrible defeat for the Allied fleets that gathered to do battle one last time. The survivors of these gruesome battles were to become POW's in Asia. Many became slave labor to help the Japanese build the 'Death Railway' that many relate to the 'Bridge on The River Kwai'. Winslow's story brings closure by letting us see the return of some of the survivors to their homes at the end of the war.