One hundred years have passed since the first flight from a warship, an appropriate moment at which to mark the audacity, courage, vision and determination of the men, and more recently women, who have crewed aircraft carriers or flown from their decks.
Using her contacts with serving and veteran personnel from several navies, extracts from archived memoirs, official reports and published material, Jean Hood covers the full range of carrier experience.
Told by all ranks, from stokers and admirals to air fitters and pilots, the stories range from dramatic accounts of combat, accidents and rescues to humanitarian missions and amusing anecdotes of life on board in war and peace - all put into context by the editor.
A famous novelist's diary for Christmas 1914 recalls the first attempt at a bombing raid by naval aircraft; an inter-war staff officer watches in dismay as his admiral is catapulted - upside down.
The Taranto raid is told through the eyes of the Fleet Air Arm pilots who flew it and the fitter who waited for their return. A radio operator relives the day when vulnerable US escort carriers confronted the Japanese Navy at Leyte Gulf, and the opening strikes of the First Gulf War come vividly to life through the words of two pilots and a flight deck co-ordinator aboard USS Saratoga.
A stoker tells how he abandoned the sinking HMS Eagle, an Australian pilot looks back on his dramatic rescue after being shot down over Korea and a US bombardier navigator relates the incredible tale of how he survived a partial ejection. An Italian helicopter pilot and his team describe the night-time MEDEVAC of a mother and baby from the ship trafficking them to Europe.
With its focus on the human aspects of carrier life and naval aviation, this wide-ranging anthology will appeal to veterans, serving personnel, historians and general readers.
About the Author
Jean Hood is an acclaimed writer and historian. She formerly worked as Information Officer at Lloyd's Register of Shipping, and has published widely on maritime and naval subjects. Her work typically focuses on human stories of conflict and tragedy, incorporating eyewitness accounts and detailed research to cast new light on historical incidents. Her first non-fiction book, Marked for Misfortune, concerned the wreck of the East Indiaman Winterton. She is also the author of Trafalgar Square, a visual history of London's famous landmark, and Come Hell and High Water (published in paperback as Wreck), an anthology of famous shipwrecks and maritime disasters. Jean also edited the highly-praised anthologies Submarine and Carrier; two comprehensive collections of first-hand accounts of naval service. She was a major contributor to the landmark volume Ship: A History in Art & Photography, edited by Professor Andrew Lambert and published by Conway in 2010. Her latest project, which examines the role of the war correspondent, accompanies a major 2011 IWM exhibition.
|Ships, But Not as we Know Them||p. 15|
|Permission to Come Aboard||p. 17|
|Back to the Beginning||p. 27|
|World War I||p. 32|
|The Interwar Years||p. 55|
|The Russian campaign||p. 58|
|The 1920s||p. 61|
|The 1930s||p. 72|
|Carriers Go to War||p. 83|
|Life on Board, 1939 to 1945||p. 85|
|Eat ...||p. 86|
|Drink ...||p. 87|
|And be Merry ...||p. 92|
|For Tomorrow ...||p. 99|
|Keep Yourself Clean ...||p. 100|
|Cope with the Stress ...||p. 104|
|Put up with the Weather ...||p. 105|
|Deal with Uninvited Guests ...||p. 107|
|Try not to be Ill ...||p. 108|
|Avoid Trouble||p. 109|
|And Keep in Touch with the Family Back Home||p. 112|
|Indian Ocean||p. 180|
|The Battle of the Coral Sea||p. 195|
|The Battle of Midway||p. 197|
|North Sea and Arctic||p. 219|
|The Battle of the Philippine Sea||p. 244|
|The Battles for Leyte||p. 248|
|Post-War to Vietnam||p. 277|
|Innovations and Expansion||p. 279|
|The Steam Catapults||p. 282|
|Meatballs and Autopilots||p. 288|
|Reducing the Avgas Hazard||p. 289|
|Asian conflict and Cold War||p. 306|
|The First Indo-China War||p. 306|
|The Korean War||p. 310|
|The Cold War||p. 325|
|The Indo-Pakistani War, 1971||p. 341|
|All in a Day's Work ... and Play||p. 344|
|Humanitarian Missions and Showing the Flag||p. 353|
|From The Falklands into the Future||p. 357|
|Harriers, Helos and Hornets||p. 359|
|The Falklands Conflict||p. 361|
|More Routine Activities||p. 379|
|The First Gulf War||p. 381|
|Send a Carrier, 1993-2003||p. 395|
|Southern Watch and Somalia||p. 404|
|Women on Board||p. 410|
|A New Millennium||p. 415|
|The Second Gulf War||p. 420|
|A Role to be Proud of||p. 425|
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Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 5th May 2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 17.0 x 4.2
Weight (kg): 0.857