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5th Airforce

5th Airforce

  • Author: Gerard Paloque
  • Publisher: Casemate Publishers
  • ISBN: 9782352501374
  • Category: History
  • Page: 112
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The 5th US Army Air Force was officially created on 5 February 1942 in the urgency following the Japanese surprise attack at Pearl Harbor. At the outset, with limited means and equipped with obsolete materiel, its various units were tasked with defending Australia.

Combat Recon

Combat Recon

5th Air Force Images from the SW Pacific 1943-45

  • Author: Robert Stava
  • Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
  • ISBN: 9780764327773
  • Category: History
  • Page: 126
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From shipping strikes, to strafing runs on airfields, step back in time and into the violent days of World War II in the Southwest Pacific. Based on Fifth Air Force photographer John Stava's collection, and undiscovered until the mid-1990s, captured here is a broad scope of the war in the Southwest Pacific, from mundane and ordinary moments to white-knuckle combat rides. Follow he and his 5th AF colleagues as they traverse the war from the turning point days of early 1943 in New Guinea with the 5th Air Force Advon Lab, to serving in the 17th Recon Bomber Group as a tail gunner in the liberation of the Philippines by spring of 1945.

Relentless Pursuit

Relentless Pursuit

The Untold Story of the U.S. 5th Air Force's 39th Fighter Squadron

  • Author: Ken Dooley
  • Publisher: PiKen Production
  • ISBN: 0578165422
  • Category: History
  • Page: 436
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On December 7, 1941, the United States was pathetically unprepared for war. The battle fleet intended to keep the Pacific Ocean an American lake lay in smoking ruins at Pearl Harbor. Ironically, the devastating Japanese surprise attack revealed the path to victory: above the sea, not on it. At the time, U.S. air power was inferior even to our now-crippled sea power. Somehow thousands of men, many of them too young to vote, were selected and trained to defeat an enemy who flew faster, more maneuverable airplanes. They fought under General George C. Kenney who commanded “The Forgotten Fifth Air Force,” a name resulting from the priority assigned to the war in Europe. Even today, books focusing on the European war far outnumber those devoted to the Pacific war. This book is about one group of men, the 39th Fighter Squadron of the Fifth Air Force. Rushed through training and flying planes greatly inferior to those flown by experienced Japanese pilots, they held their own with raw courage, determination and unflinching patriotism. As they received better airplanes, they pushed the Japanese back, but always at terrible cost. It took great courage to climb into those cockpits. Pilots lost over the sea and jungles were rarely found. Those captured by the Japanese were routinely tortured and beheaded. The war ended, but searing questions remained. Would justice ever be served for those pilots executed by the enemy? Until now that question was never fully addressed. With this book we explore the air war, crimes, investigations and punishments.

The Eight Ballers: Eyes of the Fifth Air Force

The Eight Ballers: Eyes of the Fifth Air Force

The 8th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron in World War II

  • Author: John Stanaway,Bob Rocker
  • Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
  • ISBN: 9780764309106
  • Category: History
  • Page: 184
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Beginning operations in April 1942 with a shoestring flight of four Lockheed F-4 Lightnings (the photo-recon version of the famed P-38), the 8th Photo Squadron gave the American Army Air Forces its only aerial reconnaissance coverage of the Southwest Pacific during the first part of the war. From the first days over New Guinea until the final sweeps over Japan the squadron struggled with the world's most treacherous weather and faulty equipment as well as a resolute Japanese enemy to write an astounding record of keeping the 5th Air Force pictorially informed. The 8th Photo Squadron participated in every campaign from Buna to Hollandia, Lae to Rabaul, the Philippines to the invasion of Okinawa. The squadron played a part in such famous battles as the Coral Sea and Bismarck Sea. Its first commander was Karl Polifka, who went on to be listed in the first rank of American reconnaissance. This book is comprised of over 500 photos most of which have never been published before many from the archives of squadron veterans. Many new facts are added to the annotated squadron diary that was kept when the 8th operated almost singlehandedly during 1942 and 1943.

The Second World War in the Air

The Second World War in the Air

The story of air combat in every theatre of World War Two

  • Author: Merfyn Bourne
  • Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd
  • ISBN: 1780886772
  • Category: History
  • Page: 272
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This book is a complete narrative history of the Second World War in the air which starts by describing the early days of flight in order to put military air power in context when World War Two began. It then moves on to a step-by-step coverage of the air combat in each theatre of war.

The Philippines in World War II, 1941-1945

The Philippines in World War II, 1941-1945

A Chronology and Select Annotated Bibliography of Books and Articles in English

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9780313306143
  • Category: History
  • Page: 276
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An essential source for those seeking insights into the impact of World War II on Philippine society and the military operations in and around the islands.

Allied and Axis Signals Intelligence in World War II

Allied and Axis Signals Intelligence in World War II

  • Author: David Alvarez
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135262578
  • Category: History
  • Page: 240
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The importance of codebreaking and signals intelligence in the diplomacy and military operations of World War II is reflected in this study of the cryptanalysts, not only of the US and Britain, but all the Allies. The codebreaking war was a global conflict in which many countries were active. The contributions reveal that, for the Axis as well as the Allies, success in the signals war often depended upon close collaboration among alliance partners.

McGuire Air Force Base

McGuire Air Force Base

  • Author: G.W. Boyd
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
  • ISBN: 1439628645
  • Category: History
  • Page: 128
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McGuire Air Force Base, built on property ceded by the Boy Scouts of America, the Civilian Conservation Corps, and the contiguous Fort Dix, has served the nation proudly for decades. Originally, it was intended to be used as a home for observation antisubmarine reconnaissance aircraft and army support as Fort Dix Army Air Field, but the focus of the base quickly changed as a result of its strategic location. McGuire Air Force Base recounts the contributions of this military asset with more than two hundred photographs from the archives of the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army. Among its many achievements, McGuire was the first American military base to become operational with the F-106 Delta Dart; the first base to operate an all-jet military transport, the C-135 Stratolifter; and finally, the first base to become operational with a ground-launched antiaircraft nuclear missile squadron. In the 1950s, McGuire became the air force's principal aerial port on the East Coast-a role it continues to this day.

War In Croatia And Bosnia-Herz

War In Croatia And Bosnia-Herz

  • Author: Branka Magas
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1136348271
  • Category: History
  • Page: 428
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First published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.