Semper Fi in the Sky by Gerald Astor
The Marine Air Battles of World War II

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Here, one of America’s most popular military historians re-creates, using their own moving and powerful voices, the true stories of the U.S. Marine pilots who flew the Allies to victory in World War II. These riveting accounts recreate conflicts ranging from the Marines’ gallant defense of Wake Island, where Captain Henry “Baron” Elrod destroyed two enemy planes before joining the fight on the ground, earning a posthumous Medal of Honor in the last-ditch attempt to stave off the Japanese, to the Battle of Midway and Guadalcanal.

Running the gamut from Second Lieutenant Alvin Jensen’s single-handed destruction of twenty-four grounded Japanese aircraft on Kahili to Lieutenant John W. Leaper’s sawing off a Kamikaze’s tail with his propeller over Okinawa, these thrilling oral histories of the Pacific war’s air battles bring them to life in all their terror and triumph.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About Gerald Astor

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Gerald Astor is a critically acclaimed military historian and author of such books as "The Mighty Eighth,"" A Blood Dimmed Tide,"" The Right to Fight,"" The Greatest War," and" Bloody" "Forest," He lives near New York City. "From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Presidio Press. 402 pages
Genres: History, War, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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