They Turned the War Around at Coral Sea and Midway: Going to War with Yorktown’s Air Group Five
by Stuart D. Ludlum, ex-Lieutenant (AVS), USNR
Merriam Press World War II History
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Go to war with USS Yorktown's Air Group Five (VF-3, VF-42, VB-5, VT-5).
Very detailed self-told experiences of American Naval Aviation pilots who fought and survived the Marshall, Gilbert, Salamaua, Lae and Tulagi raids, and the Coral Sea and Midway battles in 1942.
Sources for this massive work were the pilots themselves, whom the author interviewed after their return to the States during the war, while memories were still fresh.
This is an invaluable record of their experiences.
Their descriptions of combat will make you feel like you are right there with them in the cockpit.
Chapter 1: Into the Atlantic
Chapter 2: Low and Slow
Chapter 3: Meet Dave Berry
Chapter 4: Gaining Experience
Chapter 5: Convoy Duty
Chapter 6: Portland Interlude
Chapter 7: Pacific Bound
Chapter 8: Marshall and Gilbert Islands Raid
Chapter 9: Salamaua and Lae
Chapter 10: Patrol and Search
Chapter 11: Tulagi
Chapter 12: Cruise of the Hing Lee
Chapter 13: Coral Sea: 5 and 6 May 1942
Chapter 14: Coral Sea: 7 May 1942
Chapter 15: Coral Sea: 8 May 1942
Chapter 16: He Who Fights and Runs
Chapter 17: Fixin’ for a Fight
Chapter 18: Midway: 3 June 1942
Chapter 19: Midway: 4 June 1942
Chapter 20: Midway: 5 and 6 June 1942
Chapter 21: The Fighting Lady
Appendix 1: Organization of an Aircraft Carrier
Appendix 2: Ready Room and Flight Deck Operations
Appendix 3: Torpedo Planes Prove Their Worth
Appendix 4: Pilot Rosters
264 6x9-inch pages, 65 photos, 1 map, 4 illustrations
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