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Us Naval Air Station, Melbourne Florida, World War II Hardcover – February 28, 2001

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Commander William R. Barnett was born in 1922, joined the US Navy as an aviation cadet in 1942 and graduated in May of 1944. He was sent to the Naval Air Station, Melbourne, Florida for instruction in day fighter pilot techniques and from there to NAS Vero Beach, Florida for training in night fighter combat. He served the remainder of the war with night fighter squadron 52. During his career in the Navy he served 10 years on active duty and 15 years in the Organized Reserves. He holds a BS:BA degree from Bowling Green State University. His civilian occupation was with several Aerospace companies where he specialized in engineering planning of major projects. He also was employed as a test pilot in the dynamic flight simulation lab at North American Aviation. He and his wife Sara are retired and living in Melbourne, Florida.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corp (February 28, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738856320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738856322
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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NAS Melbourne, Florida is now Melbourne International Airport (MLB). I was amazed to find that 65 men had died in training at this seemingly out-of-the-way base during WW II. This little book is the only one available which collects the facts and stories about the Melbourne Naval Air Station. The book's topic prevents it from being as exciting as those about front-line action. However, it is well written, and seems to make the most of the limited amount of available information on this period in Melbourne history. This book describes the training program followed by Navy fighter pilots as they trained at Melbourne and other locations for the F4F and F6F fighters. Includes some silly illustrations & also some unique photos.
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Format: Paperback
This is the only place I have seen US plans for the invasion of Japan and Japan's plans to defend itself from that invasion. It would have been a MASSIVE slaughter for both sides. pages 166-171.
The book certainly demonstrates how quickly the US economy/political system can respond when it actually has to do so, with the stunningly rapid ramp ups in the production of military equipment, establishing bases, and personnel training.
Quite a contrast to the way Washington operates, absent a major world war.
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