Author John B. Lundstrom chronicled in detail U.S. naval aviation's thrust across the Pacific to the home islands of Japan. It had a beginning and its name was Pearl Harbor. Just days prior to the Japanese attack, Task Force 8, commanded by Vice Admiral William F. Halsey on board the USS Enterprise (CV-6), had steamed out of Oahu on a mission to deliver Marine Fighter Squadron (VMF)-211 to Wake Island. Mission accomplished, the task force headed for home. At dawn on Sunday morning, 7 December 1941, Halsey's warships were 215 miles west of Pearl Harbor. In the following extract from The First Team, just published in paperback by the Naval Institute Press, Lundstrom catches up with the task force late on that tragic day.
Fighting Six Diverts to Pearl Harbor
By John B. Lundstrom