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USS Independence CVL-22: A War Diary of the Nation's First Dedicated Night Carrier

USS Independence CVL-22: A War Diary of the Nation's First Dedicated Night Carrier

by John Gordon Lambert

Hardcover(Enhanced 2021 ed.)

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"Enhanced 2021 Edition" This is a FINAL edit of a comprehensive history of a fast WWII aircraft carrier, and her air groups. The book details the ship from concept through construction, launching, outfitting, shakedown and entry into the great Pacific war. CVL-22 participated in strikes against Japanese held Marcus and Wake Islands, then Rabaul on its way to the Gilberts. After healing from extensive torpedo damage off Tarawa, USS Independence reemerged as our nation's first dedicated night carrier. Follow the story of the ship and her aviators in action against the Japanese Empire in the Philippines, Okinawa, Indochina, and onward to the waters off Japan. Squadrons that flew off the USS Independence included: VF-6, VF-21, VT-21, VC-22, VF-22, VT-22, VF-27, VT-27, VFN-41, VTN-41, VF-46, VT-46 (and VF-33 for one day at Rabaul). First released at the ship's reunion in September 2011 the book has been extremely well received by the crew members and their families. This is a revised edition" with 111 additional pages from the "First Edition". The 2015 & 2016 NOAA & OET missions (Dr. James Delgado & Dr. Robert Ballard) along with added research made the update a necessity. The glossy hardcover 8.5" X 11" book has 896 pages with over 500 photos, and 40 maps, charts and diagrams with an extensive index. - Contact the author at:

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983886914
Publisher: John G Lambert
Publication date: 11/30/2011
Edition description: Enhanced 2021 ed.
Pages: 898
Sales rank: 1,041,901
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.88(d)

About the Author

John G. Lambert, 17 years old, joined the US Naval Reserve and served aboard the (Essex Class) aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard, CVA-31, in 1965-1966 on a West-Pac for 9 months, as an Avionics Technician in VAW-11. With keen interest in the sea, he surfed on the west coast, and later became an advanced scuba diver. Hobbies were diversified from boating to water skiing, snow skiing and photography. He learned to fly in 1970, then purchased plans, and built his own plane, a Burt Rutan designed VariEze. He test flew & raced it, and flew it from coast-to-coast and border-to-border. A member of the EAA, he headed up a experimental aircraft builders group in San Diego for a number of years, and became both active with (and historian of) an experimental aircraft racing group. With his background in the navy, and aviation, he wrote a book on the history of the WWII aircraft carrier USS Independence, CVL-22, at the request of the ship's Reunion Group. The book has involved approx. 9 years of research, with trips across the nation to places including NARA - The National Archives in College Park MD, and NARA San Bruno CA, the Naval Air Museum in Pensacola, Tailhook Association in San Diego, to name a few. First released in 2011, with file changes made since for inclusion of additional historical data and photos. John was invited to join Dr. James Delgado on the joint NOAA / Navy / Boeing / Coda Octopus mission to obtain 3D side scan sonar images of the USS Independence on the bottom of the Pacific off Half Moon Bay California in 2015. The image provided by NOAA now on the book back cover. The following year John was invited to participate as a "Scientist Ashore" on Bob Ballard's mission with his vessel "Nautilus" to live stream video and photograph the ex USS Independence on the bottom for four days.

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