By W. E. B. Griffin

W.E.B. Griffin is a bestselling phenomenom, an American grasp of genuine army motion and drama. Now, during this electrifying new novel, he unearths the tale of 1 of the bloodiest conflicts of the Pacific, the epic fight for Guadalcanal...Daredevil pilot Charles Galloway learns the not easy method tips to command a fighter squadron. Lt. Joe Howard groups up with the Coastwatchers. Jack "No center preliminary" Stecker leads his infantry battalion into the thickest of struggling with, at a poor expense. And military Captain Pickering grabs a helmet and rifle to hitch the ranks at Guadalcanal...

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Marine warring parties and dive bombers on halfway have been airborne inside ten mins of the alert. significant Floyd Parks led seven Buffaloes and 5 Wildcats without delay towards the japanese plane. Captain Kirk Armistead led the remainder Wildcat and a dozen Buffaloes to a place ten miles away, the place it was once believed one other flight of jap will be came across. Thirty miles off halfway, Parks came across a 108-plane jap strength, divided into 3 waves of thirty-six planes every one, and attacked. a number of mins later, Armistead joined up. They shot down 16 horizontal bombers of the 1st jap echelon, and eighteen of the second one echelon of dive bombers. Fifteen of the twenty-five Marine fighter pilots have been shot down, together with significant Parks. merely 3 of the pilots with Parks survived the assault. 13 Buffaloes and of the 4 Wildcats went down. For all functional reasons, Marine Fighter Squadron VMF-221 has been burnt up. the japanese strength, even if weakened, endured onto halfway and dropped its bombs. They destroyed the powerhouse on japanese Island and the PBY hangars and a few gas tanks on Sand Island. 13 americans have been killed and eighteen wounded. in the meantime, the Marine dive bombers despatched to assault the japanese plane provider approached their aim. significant Lofton R. Henderson led the 1st, swifter, echelon of SBD Dauntless Dive Bombers, and Captain Elmer C. Glidden led the slower Vought SB2U-3 Vindicators. it appears simply because neither he nor any of his pilots have been quite trained within the Dauntless, Henderson ordered that better accuracy will be bought by means of drift (as against dive) bombing. At 0800, from 8,500 toes, he all started a large “let down” circle. At 8,000 toes, eastern combatants from the providers attacked his strength. Henderson’s aircraft was once the 1st to take fireplace and start to burn. Captain Glidden’s echelon, arriving almost immediately in a while, started to dive bomb at five-second periods. Of the 16 planes in either echelons, 8 have been misplaced. harm to the enemy was once minimum. Fifteen B-17s from halfway arrived at 0810, just a little naively attempting to hit now wildly maneuvering warships from 20,000 toes. We think that on studying that he had misplaced a couple of 3rd of his attacking strength, Admiral Nagumo ordered a moment assault. This required that he placed his airplane companies into their such a lot susceptible , as they have been refueled and rearmed. He it appears determined the prize, the neutralization and trap of halfway, was once well worth the possibility. At 0940 the 1st torpedo bombers from American plane companies arrived above the japanese vendors, whose decks have been crowded with airplane being rearmed and refueled. Fifteen Devastator torpedo bombers from Hornet attacked first. They have been all shot down. Fourteen Devastators from company attacked subsequent. Ten of those have been shot down. subsequent got here a dozen Devastators from Yorktown. 8 of them have been shot down. It used to be a slaughter, and little harm used to be performed to the japanese fleet. Thirty-seven Dauntless dive bombers from company below Lieutenant Commander Clarence McCluskey remained on hand.

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