In an action-packed war memoir, ace fighter pilot Tom Blackburn describes how he shaped a crew of over-eager hotshots into one of the highest-scoring fighter squadrons of World War II. In just 76 days of intense aerial combat, Blackburn's unit ...
downed a record number of 154 enemy warplanes, and Blackburn emerged as one of the VF-17 's aces, with eleven confirmed kills to his credit. A complete history of the squadron from it's commissioning in January 1943 to disbanding in April 1944 - including the harrowing account of engaging Japanese forces over the Pacific - this offers a fascinating look at Blackburn's approach to organising, training, and leading his pilots to become one of the most effective and feared aerial combat squadrons in World war II. This book is not only a valuable contribution to military aviation history, but also an exciting story that will fascinate the military buff searching for a true-life wartime experience.
Number of pages: 304
Date of publication: 03/01/2006
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