Sunday, December 7, 1941, dawned clear and bright over the Pacific....
But for the Dauntless dive-bomber crews of the USS Enterprise returning to their home base on Oahu, it was a morning from hell. Flying directly into the Japanese ambush at Pearl Harbor, they lost a third of their squadron and witnessed the heart of America’s Navy broken and smoldering on the oil-slicked waters below.
The next six months, from Pearl Harbor to the Battle of Midway—a dark time during which the Japanese scored victory after victory—this small band of aviators saw almost constant deployment, intense carrier combat, and fearsome casualties. Many were killed by enemy Zero fighters, antiaircraft fire, or deadly crash landings in the Pacific, while others were captured and spent years in POW camps. Yet the Enterprise’s Dauntless crews would be the first to strike an offensive blow against Japanese installations in the Marshall Islands, would be the first to sink a Japanese warship, and would shepherd the Doolittle Raiders’ bombing of Tokyo.
Not until Midway, though, would Dauntless crews get the chance to settle the score...and change the course of World War II.
Drawing on dozens of new interviews and oral histories, author Stephen L. Moore brings to life inspiring stories of individual sacrifice and bravery—and the sweeping saga of one of America’s greatest triumphs.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Stephen L. Moore, a sixth-generation Texan, graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, where he studied advertising, marketing, and journalism. He is the author of multiple books on World War II and Texas history, including Taming Texas, a biography of his great-great-great grandfather William T. Sadler, who was one of the first Texas Ranger captains in the 1830s. Steve lives north of Dallas in Lantana, Texas, with his wife, Cindy, and their three children.
Table of Contents
1 "We Would Have One Helluva Celebration" 5
2 "Our World was Shattered" 23
3 The Stuff 46
4 "I Was Really Upset" 56
5 "We Lost as Much as We Gained" 67
6 Island Raiders 106
7 Arrival of the "New Boys" 135
8 "Something Big Was in the Works" 156
9 "God, this is It!" 175
10 Five Minutes of Glory 214
11 The Deadly Flights Home 237
12 The Japanese Strike Back 264
13 The Flying Dragon Strike 276
14 "The Little Devil was Most Difficult to Hit" 302
15 "I Wish I Had Just One More Bomb" 324
Appendix: Decorations Awarded to USS Enterprise Dauntless Airmen for Action from December 7, 1941-June 6, 1942 361
Chapter Notes 395
What People are Saying About This
“Deeply researched and well written…by far the most detailed account of USS Enterprise’s dive-bombers, and their decisive role at the Battle of Midway.”—Jonathan Parshall, coauthor of Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway
“[A] heartfelt tribute to the SBD pilots and radiomen…a valuable contribution to the history of the Pacific War.”—John B. Lundstrom, author of The First Team
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I've read many books about Midway and this was an especially good one. It was easy to read without laborious detail but included all the important events from the American side and just enough to understand what was going on with the Japanese. The main focus was on the U. S. Naval aviators and their very dangerous missions from Pearl Harbor to the battle that they won at Midway. For those interested in a good reference for our first naval combat aviators, excellent tabulations of tactical organization for each mission are included throughout the book and a tabulated list of commendations is in the appendix.
lots of excellent coverage of Midway from the pilot's seat. well done, informative.