Check Six!: A Thunderbolt Pilot’s War Across the Pacific

Casemate - He got his wish to fly the p-47 in the pacific, in new Guinea, going into combat in August 1943, and later helping start the “Black Rams” fighter squadron. Bombers on both sides could fall to fighters, but the fighters themselves were eyeball to eyeball, best man win. There were no mission limits for a pilot in the Pacific during World War II; unlike in Europe, you flew until it was time to go home.

Check six! is an aviation chronicle that brings the reader into flight, then into the fight, throughout the Pacific War and back. Thunderbolts were at first curious to encounter the nimble, battle-hardened Japanese in aerial combat, but soon the American pilots gained skill of their own and their planes proved superior.

Check Six!: A Thunderbolt Pilot's War Across the Pacific - The heavy U. S. This work increases the body of knowledge on the critical role of aviation in the Pacific War, as U. S. Fighter pilots took the lead in our counteroffensive against the short-lived island Empire. This work, from someone who was there, captures the combat experience of our aviators in the Pacific, aided by pertinent excerpts from the official histories of units that “Jug” Curran flew with.

It is a tale of perseverance, as curran flew over 200 combat missions, and with the men of the 348th Fighter Group proved the Thunderbolt’s great capability as they battled their way against a stubborn and deadly foe. After the attack on pearl harbor, Curran volunteered to try flying in the blue yonder, and trained as an Army fighter pilot.





The Battle of Okinawa: The Blood and the Bomb

Lyons Press - A landmark text on the greatest land battle of the Pacific War.





The Last Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Final Combat Mission of World War II

Regnery History - Though japan had suffered unimaginable devastation, the emperor still refused to surrender. By the time yellin returned to iwo Jima, the war was officially over—but his young friend Schlamberg would never get to hear the news. A national bestseller!*the new york post calls The Last Fighter Pilot a "must-read" book.

From april to august of 1945, captain jerry Yellin and a small group of fellow fighter pilots flew dangerous bombing and strafe missions out of Iwo Jima over Japan. Bestselling author don brown treason sits down with Yelllin, now ninety-three years old, to tell the incredible true story of the final combat mission of World War II.

The Last Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Final Combat Mission of World War II - The last fighter pilot is a harrowing first-person account of war from one of America's last living World War II veterans. Nine days after hiroshima, on the morning of August 14th, Yellin and his wingman 1st Lieutenant Phillip Schlamberg took off from Iwo Jima to bomb Tokyo. Even days after america dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima on August 6 and Nagasaki on August 9, the pilots continued to fly.





The Filthy Thirteen: From the Dustbowl to Hitler's Eagle’s Nest - The True Story of the 101st Airborne's Most Legendary Squad of Combat Paratroopers

Casemate - Throughout the war, the heart and soul of the filthy 13 remained a survivor named Jake McNiece, however, a half-breed Indian from Oklahoma - the toughest man in the squad and the one who formed its character. Paratroopers with heads shaved into Mohawks, applying war paint to their faces. The book does not draw a new portrait of earnest citizen soldiers.

Never ones to salute an officer, this squad became singular within the Screaming Eagles for its hard drinking, or take a bath, and savage fighting skill--and that was only in training. After parachuting behind enemy lines in the dark hours before D-Day, the Germans got a taste of the reckless courage of this unit - except now the men were fighting with Tommy guns and explosives, not just bare knuckles.

The Filthy Thirteen: From the Dustbowl to Hitler's Eagle’s Nest - The True Story of the 101st Airborne's Most Legendary Squad of Combat Paratroopers - By the end of the war 30 men had passed through the squad. Since world war ii, the american public has become fully aware of the exploits of the 101st Airborne Division, the paratroopers who led the Allied invasions into Nazi-held Europe. Instead it describes a group of hardscrabble guys whom any respectable person would be loath to meet in a bar or dark alley.

But they were an integral part of the U. S. Primarily products of the dustbowl and the Depression, the Filthy13 grew notorious, even within the ranks of the elite 101st. But within the ranks of the 101st, a sub-unit attained legendary status at the time, its reputation persisting among veterans over the decades.





The Twilight Warriors

Broadway Books - The ferocity of the Okinawa fighting stuns the world. They call themselves tail end charlies: They fly at the tail end of formations, stand at the tail end of chow lines, and now they are catching the tail end of the war. Through the eyes of the men on the destroyers assigned to picket ship duty, we experience the terror as wave after wave of kamikazes crash into their ships.

What they don’t know is that they will be key players in the bloodiest and most difficult of naval battles—not only of World War II but in all of American history. The twilight warriors relives the drama of the world’s last great naval campaign. The end of world War II finally appears to be nearing.

The Twilight Warriors - History. Ships. It is the story of young americans at war in the air and on the sea—and of their enigmatic, fanatically courageous enemy. Standing on the deck of the legendary superbattleship Yamato, we watch Japan’s last hope for victory die in a tableau of gunfire and explosions. The fate of the americans at okinawa, including a twenty-two-year-old former art student, an intrepid fighter pilot whose life abruptly changes when his Corsair goes down off the enemy shore, and a young Texan lieutenant who volunteers for the most dangerous flying job in the fleet—intercepting kamikazes at night over the blackened Pacific—is intertwined with the lives of the “young gods”: the honor-bound kamikaes forces who swarm like killer bees toward the U.

S. Before it ends, ships, the long battle will cost more American lives, and aircraft than any naval engagement in U.





Prisoner of the Samurai: Surviving the Sinking of the USS Houston and the Death Railway

Casemate - Rosalie worked his accounts into a manuscript, which following her sudden death, languished in an attic for over thirty years. Those who survived the hard labor and harsh conditions there would be sent onto Thailand, then Singapore before arriving in Japan in 1945, spending the last few months of the war working in coal mines just 40 miles outside Nagasaki.

At the end of the war, a group of liberated prisoners of war from Southeast Asia, survivors of the sinking of the USS Houston in 1942, was sent to the ward for treatment. During world War II, Lt. Rosalie Hamric was an R. N. Serving as charge nurse in the Psychiatric Ward of the Guantanamo Bay Naval Hospital.

Prisoner of the Samurai: Surviving the Sinking of the USS Houston and the Death Railway - . His account covers the sinking of the Houston, his rescue by a Japanese ship, and his experiences in Japanese camps over the next three years. Initially a prisoner in java forced to load and unload enemy ships, he was then transferred to Burma where he worked on the "death railway, then in Batavia, " living on the banks of the River Kwai.

Now rediscovered, James's story can be told to a new generation. One, james gee, pfc, usMC did a particularly detailed job. Many were encouraged to write down their experiences as part of their therapy.





Blocking Kampfgruppe Peiper: The 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment in the Battle of the Bulge

Casemate - Although some rifle companies were whittled down to less than 50 paratroopers, the Americans doggedly fought on until victory was achieved. Using never before published diaries, battle reports and interviews with over 100 veterans, letters, a comprehensive account is painted of a triumphant U. S. The 504th was committed to block the ss advance, and within 48 hours of their arrival Colonel Tucker’s paratroopers were attacking the SS-Panzergrenadiers of Peiper’s battlegroup, eventually forcing them to withdraw.

More ferocious fighting ensued as follow-up German units forced a U. S. Vith, and the 101st, which was trucked to Bastogne. After their successful campaign in holland, Colonel Reuben Tucker’s elite 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment was resting and refitting in France when news came of the German breakthrough.

Blocking Kampfgruppe Peiper: The 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment in the Battle of the Bulge - In december 1944 an enormous German army group crashed through the thin American line in the Ardennes forest. Regiment in one of the fiercest fought campaigns in the history of the U. S. Army. In adverse weather conditions against the german 9th SS Panzer and 3rd Fallschirmjäger Divisions, the 504th lived up to it’s regimental motto--Strike and Hold.

Moving quotations of letters to the next-of-kin provide insight into the impact of their deaths both on the battlefield and homefront.





Baa Baa Black Sheep: The True Story of the "Bad Boy" Hero of the Pacific Theatre and His Famous Black Sheep Squadron

Bantam - The legendary marine corps officer and his bunch of misfits, outcasts, and daredevils gave new definition to “hell-raising”—on the ground and in the skies. Pappy himself was a living legend—he personally shot down twenty-eight Japanese planes, and won the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross.

. He broke every rule in the book doing so, but when he fell into the hands of the vengeful Japanese his real ordeal began. Here, is the true story of america's wildest flying hero, of his extraordinary heroism, in his own words, and of his greatest battle of all—the fight to survive. The world war ii air war in the Pacific needed tough men like Colonel Pappy Boyington and his Black Sheep Squadron.





Fighting Fox Company: The Battling Flank of the Band of Brothers

Casemate - Along the way he met terry poyser, who was on a similar mission to research the combat death of a Fox Company man from his hometown. History. As always in combat, each man’s experience is different, and the nature of the German enemy is seen here in its equally various aspects. The work is also accompanied by rare photos and useful appendices, including rosters and lists of casualties, to give the full look at Fox Company which has long been overdue.

The result was a wealth of fascinating firsthand accounts of WWII combat as well as new perspectives on Dick Winters and others of the “Band, ” who had since become famous. Told primarily through the words of participants, Fighting Fox Company takes the reader through some of the most horrific close-in fighting of the war, beginning with the chaotic nocturnal paratrooper drop on D-Day.

Fighting Fox Company: The Battling Flank of the Band of Brothers - Together, the two authors proceeded to locate and interview every surviving Fox Company vet they could find. Easy company of the 506th parachute infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division has become one of the most famous small units in U. S. History, thanks to stephen Ambrose’s superb book Band of Brothers, followed by portrayals in film.

. From ruthless ss fighters to meek Volkssturm to simply expert modern fighters, the Screaming Eagles encountered the full gamut of the Wehrmacht. After fighting through normandy the drop into holland saw prolonged ferocious combat, and even more casualties; and then during the Battle of the Bulge, Fox Company took its place in line at Bastogne during one of the most heroic against-all-odds stands in U.





One Man Air Force

Sheraton Publishing - Wolfertafter surviving all the germans could muster, he was killed in 1951 in a simple crash of a jet trainer while testing near Andrews AFB, Maryland. It is also the story of a new type of american — one who has been growing up all around this older generation of ours, it seems, sometimes, while we were hardly looking and who will be ready to take over and make use of the air power that is predicted now to lie just beyond the war.

Ira S. Eisenhower presented the pilot with the Distinguished Flying Cross and stated, “You are a One-Man Air Force. Gentile, in the course of this short book, takes the reader from his earliest memories of wanting to learn to fly through to his entry into the Second World War, through the course of three hundred and fifty combat hours in one hundred and eighty-two sorties, up to the moment when he was removed from front line combat in 1944.

This is not only the story of ‘a one-man air force’ against the Huns; nor is it only a story of the fluctuations, failures and successes of our air war against the Luftwaffe. He was posthumously promoted to major and was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton. After shooting down thirty german airplanes, the equivalent of nearly two whole Luftwaffe squadrons, Gentile is rightly respected as one of America’s greatest ever air aces.

One Man Air Force - Gentile’s personal account of life fighting through the skies of World War Two provides fascinating insight into the mind of this young pilot. This work was published shortly after he finished front line duty in 1944. The feelings of engaging an enemy in a dogfight, of having a Messerschmidt close on your tail, and of soaring into the air in Spitfires, Thunderbolts and Mustangs are all encompassed within this memoir.





The Battle of the Bridges: The 504 Parachute Infantry Regiment in Operation Market Garden

Casemate - A native of arnhem—the site of “the bridge too far”—the author draws on nearly 130 interviews he personally conducted with veterans of the 504th, plus Dutch civilians and British and German soldiers, who here tell their story for the first time. Operation market garden has been recorded as a complete Allied failure in World War II, an overreach that resulted in an entire airborne division being destroyed at its apex.

German machine guns and mortars boiled the water on the crossing, but somehow a number of paratroopers made it to the far bank. The 101st airborne was behind them; the British 1st Airbourne was far advanced. This book draws on a plethora of previously unpublished sources to shed new light on the exploits of the “Devils in Baggy Pants” by Dutch author and historian Frank van Lunteren.

The Battle of the Bridges: The 504 Parachute Infantry Regiment in Operation Market Garden - The germans would not give, however, and fought tenaciously in the town and fortified the bridge. On september 20 gavin turned his paratroopers into sailors and conducted a deadly daylight amphibious assault in small plywood and canvas craft across the Waal River to secure the north end of the highway bridge in Nijmegen.

Thus began a desperate fight for the Americans to seize it, no matter what the cost. Their ferocity thence rolled up the German defenses, and by the end of day the bridge had fallen. In the 82nd’s sector the crucial conduits needed to be seized. The germans knew the importance of the bridge over the Waal River at Nijmegen as well as James Gavin and his 82nd troopers did.