‘Down to Earth' Strafing Aces of the Eighth Air Force by William N. Hess

By William N. Hess

'Like The lengthy succeed in, all the way down to Earth is a message from the conflict at its top, informed of their personal phrases via the boys who fight' - this can be how Brig-Gen Francis Griswold, VIII Fighter Command, ends his creation to this booklet. His legit endorsement unearths simply how vital a record right down to Earth was once to the educating of tyro fighter pilots heading for motion within the ETO. extra major aces have been misplaced to flak when flooring strafing than to German combatants. during this e-book William Hess has integrated biographies of all of the pilots that initially contributed to this paintings again in 1943-44.

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On April 3, Yamamoto also moved to Rabaul to set up his advanced headquarters. The air offensive was codenamed Operation I-Go-Sakusen and consisted of four major attacks against Allied positions on Guadalcanal (April 7), Buna (April 11), Port Moresby (April 12), and Milne Bay (April 14). Japanese pilots claimed great success against Allied shipping and defending fighters. Yamamoto took these claims at face value. He declared the operation a success and ordered its conclusion on April 16. In fact, little had been achieved and Japanese losses were heavier than those suffered by the Allies.

Naval History and Heritage Command) in the planning process. However, this was a by-product of the IJN’s staff system and did not necessarily reflect on Yamamoto. Conversely, Nimitz was an active participant in the planning and would carefully scrutinize and comment upon planning drafts. What made Nimitz a formidable opponent for Yamamoto, or any other Japanese admiral, was his aggressiveness and strategic insight. His aggressive nature was evident early in the war when he conducted a series of carrier raids on the Gilberts and the Marshalls, and on the islands of Wake and Marcus.

For the next attack, an entire division would be employed. Therefore, efforts were intensified to get the required force to Guadalcanal by October 13 or 14 so that the offensive could be launched by October 20. To do this, the Combined Fleet promised to step up night runs by destroyers and seaplane carriers (carrying heavy equipment) to Guadalcanal, to increase air bombardment of the airfield, and to plan to run a large convoy of transports directly to the island. On September 28, several Army officers flew to Truk to seek Yamamoto’s approval for the plan.

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