'Down to Earth' Strafing Aces of the Eighth Air Force by William N Hess, Chris Davey

By William N Hess, Chris Davey

'Like The lengthy achieve, all the way down to Earth is a message from the conflict at its top, informed of their personal phrases by means of the boys who struggle' - this is often how Brig-Gen Francis Griswold, VIII Fighter Command, ends his advent to this ebook. His reputable endorsement unearths simply how vital a rfile all the way down to Earth used to be to the educating of tyro fighter pilots heading for motion within the ETO. extra best aces have been misplaced to flak while flooring strafing than to German combatants. during this e-book William Hess has integrated biographies of all of the pilots that initially contributed to this paintings again in 1943-44.

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The men who had to lug, push, and drag these supporting arms over the miles of broken ground, across two major streams, the Mantanikau and the Lunga, and through heavy underbrush, might have had another name for their commander's path to supposed glory. General Vandegrift knew the Japanese were going to attack. Patrols and reconnaissance flights had clearly indicated the push would be from the west, where the enemy reinforcements had landed. The American commander changed his dispositions accordingly.

Approaching Japanese troop convoy. Japanese intelligence had picked up They hit several transports in one at- the approaching American battleship tack and sank one when they came force and warned Tanaka of its adback again. Army B-17s up from Es- vent. In turn, the enemy admirals piritu Santo scored one hit and sever- sent their own battleship-cruiser al near misses, bombing from 17,000 force to intercept. The Americans, led feet. by Rear Admiral Willis A. Lee in the Moving in a continuous pattern of Washington, reached Sealark Chanattack, return, refuel, rearm, and at- nel about 2100 on the 14th.

Attack:' Early on 26 October, American The Japanese naval leaders might SBDs located the Japanese carriers at have continued their attacks, but inMarines' damp clothing and bedding contributed to the heavy incidence of tormenting skin infections and fungal disorders, Heavy tropical down pours at Guadalcanal all but flood out a Marine camp near Henderson Field, and the field as well. Department of Defense (USMC, Photo 39 canal and with relative ease. On the ground side, two batteries of i55mm guns, one Army and one Marine, landed on 2 November, providing Vandegrift with his first artillery units capable of matching the enemy's long-range 150mm guns.

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