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Carrier Air Group 86: Hardcover – January 1, 2004

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.; 1St Edition edition (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764302213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764302213
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,408,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael OConnor TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 27, 2009
At the end of World War II, personnel from the Navy's Carrier Air Group 86, assigned to USS Wasp, produced a history of their life and times aboard CV-18. In 1997, Schiffer Publishing latched on to the AG 86 yearbook and reprinted it, adding a wonderful cover artwork by Steve Ferguson and nothing else. They also pitched the book at $45.00. Depending on your sensibilites, CARRIER AIR GROUP 86 IN WORLD WAR II is either a high-priced rip-off or a golden opportunity to acquire a hard-to-find unit history.

The USN staff that originally produced the book first provided a summary of the Air Group with info and photos of officers and EM followed by sections on VF-86, VBF-86, VB-86 and VT-86, a 13-page 'Combat Log,' a section giving 'A Few Facts About 86,' a history of USS Wasp, etc. Small wonder the book runs to 272+ pages and 300+ photographs!

Each unit chapter includes a lengthy 'cruise highlights' narrative, some of which are more informative than others though they do capture the flavor of wartime flying. Likewise the photos are a mixed blessing - almost all being incredibly rare but also suffering from poor reproduction.

Air Group 86 saw fairly brief combat, joining Wasp in March 1945. The group destroyed 89 a/c in the air or on the ground and destroying/damaging some 50 Japanese warships and merchantmen. Forty-six AG 86 pilots/crewmen were KIA or MIA at war's end.

In all likelihood, this may be the only published record of Air Group 86 at war. It's overpriced at $45.00 but...
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