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Hellcat : The F6F in World War II - Barrett Tillman


The F6F in World War II

Hardcover Published: 15th April 2012
ISBN: 9781557509918
Number Of Pages: 280

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Largely responsible for crushing Japanese airpower wherever the American fast carrier force sailed, the Grumman F6F Hellcat was considered the most important Allied aircraft in the Pacific during 1943 and 1944. Designed for speed, range, and climb to compete with Japan's exceptional Mitsubishi A6M Zero, it succeeded not only in engaging the "Zeke" on equal terms but also in dictating the rules of combat. Fighters in every sense of the word, the Hellcats were credited with destroying more than five thousand Japanese aircraft, gaining outright air supremacy over the invasion beaches, and helping ensure Allied amphibious victories in the Central Pacific. Aviation historian Barrett Tillman presents the full story of the fighter plane--the men who built and tested it, the squadrons that flew it, and the heroes it created. Heavily illustrated with photographs from the pilots' own collections, this spirited, carefully documented operational history is an absolute must for anyone interested in aviation history. It is now available for the first time in paperback.

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Fox-Six-Foxp. 3
Into Combatp. 27
With the Fast Carriersp. 51
The Marianas Campaignp. 71
Hellcats over Europep. 95
To the Philippinesp. 121
Interimp. 149
Hunters in the Nightp. 169
Okinawa and Japanp. 197
Victoryp. 219
The Prototype Hellcatsp. 233
Surviving Hellcatsp. 235
Specificationsp. 238
Combat Evaluation: F6F-5 and Zeke 52p. 240
Top Hellcat Acesp. 242
Escort Carrier F6F Squadrons in the Pacific, 1943-45p. 245
Notesp. 247
Sourcesp. 252
Bibliographyp. 257
Indexp. 259
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ISBN: 9781557509918
ISBN-10: 1557509913
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 15th April 2012
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 15.2 x 22.7  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Type: New edition