- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: Squadron/Signal Publications; First Edition edition (January 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0897474198
- ISBN-13: 978-0897474191
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.5 x 0.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,883,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Night Wings, USMC Night Fighters 1942-1953 - Aircraft Specials series (6083) Paperback – January, 2000
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The American military's interest in airborne radar, dating from 1922, shifted into high gear after 7 December 1941. By November 1942 the first USMC nightfighter squadron - VMF(N)-531 flying PV-1 Venturas - was activated. Three more squadrons were formed in 1943 and four more in 1944. By September 1943, -531 was flying combat over the Russells. Most VMF(N) units were land-based and flew Corsairs or Hellcats with the distinctive wing-mounted radars. The bulk of the 106 night kills credited to WWII VMF(N) units fell to F4U-2 or F6F-3N/-5N aircraft. Corsairs scored two of the ten USMC Korean War night kills, the rest being split between F3D-2 and F7F-3N crews.
Doll does a workmanlike job of charting USMC nightfighter developments and the resultant combat action. I probably would have given NIGHT WINGS 4 1/2 stars if that was possible. It doesn't have enough first-person combat accounts for my taste but that's just me.
NIGHT WINGS is illustrated with over 140 black & white photos, eight color photos and eight color pages of great Don Greer profiles.
In summary, Doll's book is an enjoyable overview of a fairly large topic. As an introduction to the topic, it's right on. The photographs and artwork are icing on the cake. Recommended.