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The first VF-2 was a prewar unit that had been dubbed the 'hottest outfit afloat' due to the skill of their non-commissioned pilots. This first unit only saw combat at the Battle of the Coral Sea, although VF-2 pilots flying Grumman F4F Wildcats were able to rack up 17 claims there during the bitter 48-hour period of fighting. The second 'Fighting Two' was armed with the new Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat fighter. Arriving in Hawaii in October 1943, the squadron so impressed Cdr Edward H 'Butch' O'Hare, the Medal of Honor-winning first US Navy ace of World War 2, that he requested the squadron replace VF-6 in his CAG-6 aboard USS Enterprise. No unit US Navy unit created more aces than VF-2, whose pilots went into action over the Carolines, Marianas, Guam, Iwo Jima and the Battle of the Philippine Sea. Using exquisite photographs and first-hand accounts from the elite fliers themselves, this volume tells the story of the ace pilots who comprised the original VF-2 and the second.
|Utgitt||2015||Forfatter||Thomas McKelvey Cleaver|
Osprey Publishing Ltd
|Antall sider||96||Dimensjoner||18,4cm x 24,8cm x 0,7cm|
|Vekt||367 gram||Leverandør||Bertram Trading Ltd|
|Illustratør||Jim Laurier, Mark Postlethwaite||Emner og form||Battles & campaigns, Air forces & warfare, Military vehicles|