The First Team and the Guadalcanal Campaign

Naval Fighter Combat from August to November 1942
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Binding:Paperback
Published:July 1, 2005
By John B. Lundstrom (Author)

From huddled command conferences to cramped cockpits, John Lundstrom guides readers through the maelstrom of air combat at Guadalcanal in this impressively researched sequel to his earlier study. Picking up the story after Midway, the author presents a scrupulously accurate account of what happened, describing in rich detail the actual planes and pilots pitted in the ferocious battles that helped turn the tide of war. Based on correspondence with 150 American and Japanese veterans, or their families, he reveals the thoughts, pressures, and fears of the airmen and their crews as he reconstructs the battles. These are the story of the Wildcat and Zero fighters, and the Dauntless, Avenger, Betty, Kate, and Val bombers. Lavishly illustrated with drawings, maps, and photographs, this fresh look at the campaign set a standard for aviation histories when first published in 1994.

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Product Details
  • Subject: World War II
  • Paperback : 624 pages
  • Illustrations: 81 b/w photos; 37 line drawings
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (July 1, 2005)
  • ISBN-10: 1591144728
  • ISBN-13: 9781591144724
  • Product Dimensions: 7 X 10 in
  • Shipping Weight: 38.4 oz

John B. Lundstrom is the author of several books on the Pacific War, including The First Team and The First Team and the Guadalcanal Campaign. He is the recipient of the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature, the Hook Contributor’s Award and the Admiral Arthur W. Radford Award by the National Aviation Museum. He is a resident of Milwaukee, WI.

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