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Pacific Thunder : The US Navy's Central Pacific Campaign, August 1943-October 1944 / Thomas McKelvey Cleaver.

By: Cleaver, Thomas McKelvey.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London, England : Osprey Publishing, [2017]Copyright date: ©2017Description: 296 pages, 14 leaves of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781472821843; 147282184X.Subject(s): World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific OceanDDC classification: 940.54/26 Summary: On 27 October 1942, four "Long Lance" torpedoes fired by the Japanese destroyers Makigumo and Akigumo exploded in the hull of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8). Minutes later, the ship that had launched the Doolitte Raid six months earlier slipped beneath the waves of the Coral Sea 100 miles northeast of the island of Guadalcanal and just north of the Santa Cruz Islands, taking with her 140 of her sailors. With the loss of Hornet, the United States Navy now had one aircraft carrier left in the South Pacific, USS Enterprise (CV-6), herself badly damaged in the two previous days of the Battle of Santa Cruz, the fourth Japanese-American carrier battle since the Battle of the Coral Sea five months and three weeks before. Of the prewar carrier fleet the Navy had struggled to build over 15 years, only three were left: Enterprise licked her wounds at Espiritu Santo while USS Saratoga (CV-3) lay in dry dock at the Bremerton Navy Yard, victim of a Japanese submarine torpedo two months earlier. USS Ranger (CV-4) was in mid-Atlantic on her way to support Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa.
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On 27 October 1942, four "Long Lance" torpedoes fired by the Japanese destroyers Makigumo and Akigumo exploded in the hull of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8). Minutes later, the ship that had launched the Doolitte Raid six months earlier slipped beneath the waves of the Coral Sea. Of the pre-war carrier fleet the Navy had struggled to build over 15 years, only three were left: Enterprise , that had been badly damaged in the battle of Santa Cruz; USS Saratoga (CV-3) which lay in dry dock, victim of a Japanese submarine torpedo; and the USS Ranger (CV-4), which was in mid-Atlantic on her way to support Operation Torch . For the American naval aviators licking their wounds in the aftermath of this defeat, it would be difficult to imagine that within 24 months of this event, Zuikaku , the last survivor of the carriers that had attacked Pearl Harbor, would lie at the bottom of the sea. Alongside it lay the other surviving Japanese carriers, sacrificed as lures in a failed attempt to block the American invasion of the Philippines, leaving the United States to reign supreme on the world's largest ocean. This is the fascinating account of the Central Pacific campaign, one of the most stunning comebacks in naval history as in 14 months the US Navy went from the jaws of defeat to the brink of victory in the Pacific.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

On 27 October 1942, four "Long Lance" torpedoes fired by the Japanese destroyers Makigumo and Akigumo exploded in the hull of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8). Minutes later, the ship that had launched the Doolitte Raid six months earlier slipped beneath the waves of the Coral Sea 100 miles northeast of the island of Guadalcanal and just north of the Santa Cruz Islands, taking with her 140 of her sailors. With the loss of Hornet, the United States Navy now had one aircraft carrier left in the South Pacific, USS Enterprise (CV-6), herself badly damaged in the two previous days of the Battle of Santa Cruz, the fourth Japanese-American carrier battle since the Battle of the Coral Sea five months and three weeks before. Of the prewar carrier fleet the Navy had struggled to build over 15 years, only three were left: Enterprise licked her wounds at Espiritu Santo while USS Saratoga (CV-3) lay in dry dock at the Bremerton Navy Yard, victim of a Japanese submarine torpedo two months earlier. USS Ranger (CV-4) was in mid-Atlantic on her way to support Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List of Maps (p. 6)
  • Foreword (p. 8)
  • Preface (p. 10)
  • Chapter 1 Torpedo Junction (p. 13)
  • Chapter 2 Forging the Sword (p. 29)
  • Chapter 3 Leadership (p. 58)
  • Chapter 4 First Contact (p. 79)
  • Chapter 5 Butch is Down! (p. 88)
  • Chapter 6 The Spruance Haircut (p. 112)
  • Chapter 7 Gibraltar of the Pacific (p. 121)
  • Chapter 8 The Captain from Hell (p. 137)
  • Chapter 9 Lifeguards (p. 155)
  • Chapter 10 Operation Forager (p. 171)
  • Chapter 11 The Marianas Turkey Shoot (p. 183)
  • Chapter 12 The Mission Beyond Darkness (p. 199)
  • Chapter 13 The Iwo Jima Development Corporation (p. 217)
  • Chapter 14 Halsey's Rampage (p. 228)
  • Chapter 15 The Battle of the Formosa Sea (p. 242)
  • Chapter 16 The Battles of Leyte Gulf (p. 246)
  • Chapter 17 No Rest for the Weary (p. 277)
  • Bibliography (p. 285)
  • Index (p. 288)