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Carrier Warfare in the Pacific: An Oral History Collection (Smithsonian History of Aviation) Paperback – October 17, 1999
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“A stirring tribute to the heroes of carrier warfare in World War II. Thirty firsthand accounts by the officers and men who served aboard carriers and those who flew the aircraft from their decks illuminate with dramatic intensity the invaluable contribution of carrier operations that helped to turn the tide of war in the Pacific theater and led to the final Allied victory over Japan.”—Sea Power
“This is a story of guts, sacrifice, terror, and exhilaration to be savored by anyone interested in the carrier as the ultimate war machine.”—Publishers Weekly
About the Author
E.T. Wooldridge, curator emeritus at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, is the author of several books, including The Golden Age Remembered and Into the Jet Age.
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My favorite section was Roger Bond's account of the British beer rations and the Americans' vast quantities of ice cream, and how each craved the other. That is just one example of the personal details you won't get from a typical historical account.
The only shortcoming of this book is its pictures. The maps are blurry and too few in number. A timeline would have also helped. Finally, I would have like to see some pictures of the equipment described in the narratives. Even better could have been diagrams showing the battle damage described in some of the accounts. Despite these shortcomings, I certainly recommend this book to anybody even slightly interested in what life was like during the WW2 Pacific carrier battles.