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

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

by Gerald Astor

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780891418771
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/29/2005
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 503,078
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.36(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Gerald Astor is a World War II veteran and award-winning journalist and historian whose articles have appeared in the New York Times, Playboy, and Esquire. He is also the author of A Blood-Dimmed Tide: The Battle of the Bulge by the Men Who Fought It and Operation Iceberg: The Invasion and Conquest of Okinawa in World War II. He makes his home in Scarsdale, New York.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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havent read it yet