1st.ed., 1976. 187 pp., profusely illustrated with photographs; map e.p's. D.j., 25 x 19cm. FINE. It was during the Second World War that the aircraft proved to be the most powerful, flexible and longest-range weapon at sea, drawing to a close the great era of the battleship. This is the first book to examine the influence of the aircraft over the whole span of the war in detail. Illustrated with some of the most dramatic war pictures ever published, the late John Winton examines the importance of the aircraft carrier in the naval operations of 1939-1945. Includes Mediterranean battles from Taranto to Crete; the sinking of the BISMARCK; Japanese victories, the American response; the escort carriers; the U-boat menace; Arctic operations; the victory over Japan; etc.