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Carrier : A Century of First-Hand Accounts of Naval Operations in War and Peace - Jean Hood


A Century of First-Hand Accounts of Naval Operations in War and Peace

By: Jean Hood (Editor)


Published: 5th May 2010
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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 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. Her latest project, which examines the role of the war correspondent, accompanies a major 2011 IWM exhibition.

Forewordp. 7
Glossaryp. 9
Introductionp. 11
Acknowledgementsp. 13
Ships, But Not as we Know Themp. 15
Permission to Come Aboardp. 17
Back to the Beginningp. 27
World War Ip. 32
The Interwar Yearsp. 55
The Russian campaignp. 58
The 1920sp. 61
The 1930sp. 72
Carriers Go to Warp. 83
Life on Board, 1939 to 1945p. 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 Troublep. 109
And Keep in Touch with the Family Back Homep. 112
1939p. 113
1940p. 118
1941p. 139
Mediterraneanp. 141
Atlanticp. 152
Pacificp. 170
1942p. 175
Atlanticp. 179
Indian Oceanp. 180
Mediterraneanp. 183
Pacificp. 189
The Battle of the Coral Seap. 195
The Battle of Midwayp. 197
1943p. 204
Atlanticp. 205
Mediterraneanp. 208
Pacificp. 212
1944p. 217
North Sea and Arcticp. 219
Atlanticp. 235
Mediterraneanp. 238
Pacificp. 239
The Battle of the Philippine Seap. 244
The Battles for Leytep. 248
1945p. 256
Post-War to Vietnamp. 277
Innovations and Expansionp. 279
The Steam Catapultsp. 282
Meatballs and Autopilotsp. 288
Reducing the Avgas Hazardp. 289
Accidentsp. 294
Asian conflict and Cold Warp. 306
The First Indo-China Warp. 306
The Korean Warp. 310
Suezp. 324
The Cold Warp. 325
Vietnamp. 330
The Indo-Pakistani War, 1971p. 341
All in a Day's Work ... and Playp. 344
Humanitarian Missions and Showing the Flagp. 353
From The Falklands into the Futurep. 357
Harriers, Helos and Hornetsp. 359
The Falklands Conflictp. 361
More Routine Activitiesp. 379
The First Gulf Warp. 381
Send a Carrier, 1993-2003p. 395
Bosniap. 395
Southern Watch and Somaliap. 404
Women on Boardp. 410
A New Millenniump. 415
The Second Gulf Warp. 420
A Role to be Proud ofp. 425
Epiloguep. 432
Bibliographyp. 433
Creditsp. 435
Indexp. 437
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ISBN: 9781844861118
ISBN-10: 1844861112
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 5th May 2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 17.0  x 4.2
Weight (kg): 0.857
Edition Number: 1