Arizona, USA, 1st ed., 1985. (Xiv) + 157 pp., map + various photo-ills. D.j., 23 x 16cm. FINE. First-person accounts of U.S. Naval Aviation in World War II are relatively rare. This book is even more unusual. In addition to describing the formation, training and combat experience of a carrier fighter squadron, it is also a very personal account of a combat leader. The author was a seasoned pre-war aviator and in all the U.S. Navy there were only a few hundred like him. Here he writes of his own doubts and fears of failure, of life at war with "Fighting 19", and he reveals some of his boys’ own confessions. He also describes the continuing battle between the military bureaucrats and the warriors – a hard-fought campaign conducted from Virginia to California to Hawaii and beyond. An interesting and scarce account.