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Blutarski2004
06-28-2004, 02:28 PM
Don't know ifthis has been previously posted, but I found it quite interesting -


http://www.kurasc.kyoto-u.ac.jp/radar-group/members/gernot/komachi2.html

BLUTARSKI

Blutarski2004
06-28-2004, 02:28 PM
Don't know ifthis has been previously posted, but I found it quite interesting -


http://www.kurasc.kyoto-u.ac.jp/radar-group/members/gernot/komachi2.html

BLUTARSKI

RAC_Pips
06-28-2004, 06:10 PM
Excellent link Blutarski. Great read. Many thanks for posting it. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

FooFTR
07-06-2004, 02:14 PM
Interesting.. been reading a book "Carrier Warfare in the Pacific" a Smithsonian History of Aviation Series book, edited by E. T. Wooldridge
an oral history collection. ISBN # 1-56098-264-0

In the chapter The Marianas "Turkey Shoot", Captain Auther R. Hawkins speaks of the battle.

pharaphrasing to abbreaviate- THe Japanese had lanched at extreme range to prevent a reciprocal
attack & they were counting on landing at Guam
after engaging the American fleet. What the Americans did was to clear the decks of all aircraft, sending all dive bombers & TBF's to attack Guam with fighter escort as well as leaving a powerfull CAP over the fleet.

What that meant for the unlucky Japanese pilots
was if they survived the powerful CAP they still has to contend with a hornets nest of escort Hellcats circling Guam protecting the dive bombers & TBF's as they tore up Guam. It says one Hellcat pilot got 6 or 7 that day in the traffic pattern.. Sounds like a rough day to be a pilot in the IJN. I wonder if it was in this battle The Zero pilot in this post was shot down.

Blutarski2004
07-06-2004, 02:23 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by FooFTR:
Interesting.. been reading a book "Carrier Warfare in the Pacific" a Smithsonian History of Aviation Series book, edited by E. T. Wooldridge
an oral history collection. ISBN # 1-56098-264-0

In the chapter The Marianas "Turkey Shoot", Captain Auther R. Hawkins speaks of the battle.

pharaphrasing to abbreaviate- THe Japanese had lanched at extreme range to prevent a reciprocal
attack & they were counting on landing at Guam
after engaging the American fleet. What the Americans did was to clear the decks of all aircraft, sending all dive bombers & TBF's to attack Guam with fighter escort as well as leaving a powerfull CAP over the fleet.

What that meant for the unlucky Japanese pilots
was if they survived the powerful CAP they still has to contend with a hornets nest of escort Hellcats circling Guam protecting the dive bombers & TBF's as they tore up Guam. It says one Hellcat pilot got 6 or 7 that day in the traffic pattern.. Sounds like a rough day to be a pilot in the IJN. I wonder if it was in this battle The Zero pilot in this post was shot down.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


..... Interesting. Had not heard of this book. BTW, if you are especially interested in Pacific carrier warfare, watch out for a new book in the offing by Jon Parshall, who hosts the Nihon Kaigun website. Jon has done a great deal of research on this topic, particularly from the Japanese point of view.

BLUTARSKI

FooFTR
07-06-2004, 02:27 PM
Cool, i'll look for it..

Thanks

MK2aw
07-06-2004, 05:31 PM
I actually wrote Sadamu for his autograph a a few years ago (through the Zero pilots association) . He was very gracious and signed a 8X11 photo and included a nice note from his daughter (who wpeaks and writes English).

MK2aw