THE UNKNOWN BATTLE OF MIDWAY : THE DESTRUCTION OF THE AMERICAN TORPEDO SQUADRONS.

Kernan, Alvin.


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Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1st ed., 2005. Xvii + 181 pp., photo-ills., ills., + diagrams. D.j., 23 x 16cm. FINE. Cutting Tipped-in. The Battle of Midway is considered the greatest U.S. naval victory but behind the lustre is the devastation of the American torpedo squadrons. Of the 51 planes sent to attack Japanese carriers only 7 returned, and of the 126 aircrew only 29 survived. Not a single torpedo hit its target. A story of avoidable mistakes and flawed planning, this book reveals the enormous failures that led to the destruction of four torpedo squadrons but were omitted from official naval reports: the planes that ran out of gas, the torpedoes that didn't work, the pilots who had never dropped torpedoes and the breakdown of the attack plan. The author, who was present at the battle, has written a troubling but persuasive analysis of these and other little-publicized aspects of this great battle.


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