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Thach, John S. (1905-1981)

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Thach, Adm. John S., U.S. Navy (Ret.) Volume I, II

Admiral John S. Thach

Thach, John S. (1905-1981)
Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)

Volume I

Based on five interviews conducted by Etta-Belle Kitchen from June 1970 through March 1971. The volume contains 461 pages of interview transcript plus an index. The transcript is copyright 1977 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the restrictions originally placed on the transcript by the interviewee have since been removed.

This is a delightfully told memoir from the man who was probably the Navy's foremost fighter plane tactician of World War II. He is best known as the inventor of the "Thach Weave" whereby U.S. fighters could successfully combat Japanese Zeros. Thach tells of devising the maneuver at home with kitchen matches. In a series of enjoyable tales, Thach describes his Naval Academy years, graduating in 1927, early experience in patrol planes and fighters, flying with Butch O'Hare, early combat operations against the Japanese, culminating in the Battle of Midway, teaching tactics at the Navy's Operational Training Command, making training films to indoctrinate new pilots, and then acting as operations officer when he returned to the combat theater on the staff of Vice Admiral John S. McCain, Commander Task Force 38.


Thach, John S. (1905-1981) Volume II
Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)

Based on five interviews conducted by Etta-Belle Kitchen from May 1971 through August 1971. The volume contains 393 pages of interview transcript plus an index and appendices. The transcript is copyright 1977 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the restrictions originally placed on the transcript by the interviewee have since been removed.

Volume II is based on five interviews from May 1971 through August 1971. 393 pages of transcript plus index and appendices. Transcript is classified open.

This second volume contains Thach's account of service on the staff of CTF 38, culminating with his presence on the deck of the Missouri for the Japanese surrender. After the war, he was director of training at Pensacola and special assistant to Vice Admiral "Black Jack" Reeves in fighting off attempts by the Air Force to take over naval aviation. He commanded the escort carrier Sicily in the early stages of the Korean War as Marine Corsairs provided close air support, then was senior naval aide to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Air, John Floberg. Thach commanded the large carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt during a Mediterranean deployment and had a tour as commander of naval air bases in the Sixth Naval District. After serving as senior member of the Weapon Systems Evaluation Group, he commanded Carrier Division 16/Task Group Alfa in hunter-killer ASW Work. As a vice admiral, he commanded Anti-Submarine Warfare Force Pacific Fleet and was Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Air). After being promoted to four stars, he served as Commander in Chief U.S. Naval Forces Europe.


 
 

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