Barrett Tillman is a widely recognized authority on air warfare in World War II and the author of more than forty nonfiction and fiction books on military topics. He has received six awards for history and literature, including the Admiral Arthur Radford Award. He lives in Mesa, Arizona.

Articles by Barrett Tillman

he USS Comfort at anchor off Okinawa. Though clearly identifiable as a noncombatant, she suffered a devastating kamikaze attack in April 1945—the worst ordeal endured by a U.S. Navy hospital ship in World War II.

Mercy Afloat

By Barrett Tillman
August 2020
From ancient days to the Age of Sail to the year of COVID-19, hospital ships have been welcome vessels of healing and hope.
Portrait of Vergil E. Bloomquist

Verg’s War

By Barrett Tillman
August 2019
“I never forget the most important part, losing friends in combat. I learned what life meant.”
Carrier Air Group (CVG) 11 planes are arrayed on the flight deck of the USS Hornet (CV-12)

The Tale of Eleven

By Barrett Tillman
August 2019
They flew into legend in combat over the Pacific, eventually becoming the heroes of the Hornet; here is the story of Carrier Air Group 11.
Three SBD Dauntless dive bombers in flight

The Plane That Won the War

By Barrett Tillman
February 2017
The hitherto-unstoppable imperial Japanese tide had to be rolled back in the crucial year of 1942. Enter . . . the Dauntless.
Stokes Collection/Stan Stokes

Forging the Weapon

By Barrett Tillman
October 2010
Regarded with skepticism in 1918, the aircraft carrier was destined to evolve into the decisive naval element of the Second World War.
U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive

The Carrier War Remembered

Compiled by Barrett Tillman
October 2010
Words and memories of World War II’s epochal sea campaigns—from the naval aviators and carrier officers who were on the front lines of history.
U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive

The Carrier Comes of Age

By Barrett Tillman
October 2010
From the Coral Sea to the “Marianas Turkey Shoot” and beyond, American aircraft carriers provided the propulsive muscle needed to win the Pacific war.