- Hardcover: 144 pages
- Publisher: Naval Institute Press; 1st edition (October 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1557501270
- ISBN-13: 978-1557501271
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,618,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Corsairs and Flattops: Marine Carrier Air Warfare, 1944-1945 1st Edition
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"Study of the little known fact of the intrepid Marine pilots and crews who pioneered carrier-based air support of amphibious landings in the final push to defeat Japan in World War II, and the Pacific campaign is explored fully in this detailed history by one of the program's architects. Special sections cover the WASP and FRANKLIN disasters and the controversies surrounding the tragic lack of close air support at Tarawa and Iwo Jima."
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General Condon, the author, points out that having Marines fly from fleet carriers was a weapon of expediency. Additionally, the Marines wanted to experiment with having their own "all Marine" torpedo bombing and fighter squadrons on escort carriers, to give better support to Marines and Army troops on the ground during invasions.
Gen. Condon died before the book came into print, which may explain why it is thin in places. But I believe the book is rich enough in the details it does give.
The author flew from the carrier Essex as one of the carrier-based Marines, and participated in operations against Formosa, Indo China (Vietnam), the first and second strikes on Tokyo and the invasion of Iwo Jima. Here is where the majority of his facts are.
Gen. Condon also traces the history of Marines on carriers. He shows that in the 1930's many carrriers had a temporary detachment of a Marine fighter squadron. Late in World War II, the Navy was short a few fighter squadrons to combat the Kamikazes. More fighters were suddenly necesary for the survival of carriers - about 72 versus the 36 fighters that had been standard by the summer of 1944. The Marines were called upon, and stepped forward to fill a temporary void. At different times from late 1944 to May 1945, Marine Corps Corsairs made up about half of the total fighters on the carriers Wasp, Essex, Franklin, Bunker Hill, and Bennington.
This book is not a "be-all, end-all," work. There are some gaps, and one probably needs other books to supplement this one concerning the late war time frame. But I feel that it is a most worthwhile volume, and gives a USMC perspective on the latter war in the Pacific.