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The Fighting Corsairs: The Men of Marine Fighting Squadron 215 in the Pacific during WWII

The Fighting Corsairs: The Men of Marine Fighting Squadron 215 in the Pacific during WWII

by Jeff Dacus


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From historian and columnist in Leatherneck and Armor magazines, this is the exciting, personal account of a Marine fighter squadron in the South Pacific during the critical days of 1943 when the tide turned against the Japanese. Based on individual interviews and wartime documents, this is a thrilling narrative of the Marines who lived, and died, during the toughest battles of the entire war. It looks at the war through the eyes of some of the greatest fighter pilots of all time, including Bob Hanson, the “Maharajah of Rabaul,” and highest scoring Corsair pilot in history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493055081
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/01/2020
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 456,066
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Jeff Dacus is a retired Master Sergeant of Marines who experienced tank combat in Operation Desert Storm. He is also a retired schoolteacher who taught U.S. history for 35 years and as an adjunct professor at the University of Portland. He volunteers with local veterans groups and is a speaker at historical events and with school groups. He is the historical consultant for the annual Northwest Colonial Festival. He is a private pilot who has written numerous print articles in Leatherneck Magazine and Armor Magazine, as well as online for the Journal of the American Revolution. He holds advanced degrees from American Military University, the University of Portland, and Lewis & Clark College. He resides in Vancouver, WA.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 Training 1

Chapter 2 Hawaii 21

Chapter 3 The Combat Zone 39

Chapter 4 Up the Slot 57

Chapter 5 Leapfrog Up the Solomons 71

Chapter 6 Munda and More 83

Chapter 7 Tough Missions … and a Break 97

Chapter 8 Rest and Relaxation 113

Chapter 9 Back in the Saddle 129

Chapter 10 First Shot at Rabaul 151

Chapter 11 Just Another Mission 167

Chapter 12 Hammering the Enemy 183

Chapter 13 Rabaul Defiant 195

Chapter 14 Chasing Zeros 209

Chapter 15 Final Flights 225

Chapter 16 Afterwards 237

Epilogue: Aerial Victories 253

Appendix 1 VMF-215 Losses on First Three Tours 259

Appendix 2 Medal of Honor Citation for Bob Hanson 263

Appendix 3 Navy Unit Citation for VMF-215 265

Bibliography 267

Index 273

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