Flattop Fighting in World War II

The Battles Between American and Japanese Aircraft Carriers


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About the Book

World War II’s naval battles between the United States and Japan have been the subject of many books, popular movies, and documentaries, but the very important story of the fighting between United States and Japanese aircraft carriers is often lost in broader discussions of the Pacific naval war.
This work concentrates exclusively on the fighting between the American and Japanese aircraft carriers, examining how strategies were planned and carried out on both sides. Presented are the stories of the USS Hornet, which launched the B-25s of James Doolittle’s daring raid of Tokyo in 1942; the USS Yorktown, which suffered fierce attacks during the Battle of Midway; the USS Lexington, which refueled and rearmed Hellcats during the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot; the USS Enterprise, the leader of a motley assortment of cruisers and destroyers left to hold a very precarious line in the campaign for Guadalcanal; and the Japanese battleship Yamato, sacrificed for a suicide mission against 900 aircraft bombers.

About the Author(s)

Patrick Degan is a writer and researcher from Attalla, Alabama.

Bibliographic Details

Patrick Degan
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 326
Bibliographic Info: 77 photos, maps, chronology, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2003
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1451-2
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8331-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface     1

Introduction     5

Nomenclature     9

1 Overture     11

2 Niitaka     25

3 Defensive     55

4 Midway     77

5 Offensive     104

6 Crisis     125

7 Cartwheel     140

8 Spearhead     153

9 Marianas     175

10 Sho     199

11 Kamikaze     219

12 Hiroshima     235

13 Aftermath     248

Chronology of Events     263

Annotated Bibliography     299

Index     303

Book Reviews & Awards

“an outstanding summary of the war in the Pacific…a story that captures attention and is hard to put down…strongly recommended”—Catholic Library World.