McEniry, Colonel John Howard, Jr.


The University of Alabama Press, Alabama, 1st ed., 1987. Ix + 182 pp., frontis., + photo-ills. D.j., 22 x 14cm. FINE. This book chronicles the wartime experiences of the author who served as a Marine Corps pilot in the South Pacific during World War II. He describes the organization and deployment of a Marine dive-bombing squadron in the early days of the war and follows the squadron through its actions in November and December of 1942. The participation by the squadron in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, November 12-15, 1942, is related in detail, including the personal experiences of the author on several bombing missions. This battle, described by Admiral King, the Chief of Naval Operations as "the fiercest naval battle ever fought", resulted in the loss by the Japanese of two battleships, ten transport ships and numerous cruisers and destroyers.

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