TILLMAN, Barrett COONTS, Stephen, foreword
Title: Clash of the Carriers : The True Story of the Marianas Turkey Shoot of World War II. Book Club Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher:  NAL Caliber, New York, 2005, ISBN:0451216709
Seller ID: 101039
TILLMAN, Barrett. Clash of the Carriers : The True Story of the Marianas Turkey Shoot of World War II. Foreword by Stephen Coonts. (New York): NAL Caliber, (2005). Book Club Edition. Pp. (8),[ix]-xv,(3),1-348,(2), + 8 pages of b&w photos. 8vo, black paper-covered boards with gilt titles to spine. Barrett Tillman (b. 1948, Oregon). "In June 1944, American and Japanese carrier fleets steamed toward each other, seeking battle in the Philippine Sea... Their clashing objectives: retaining th vital Marianas for Japan versus seizing the islands for American air bases. When the fleets met, they embarked upon a naval engagement that escalated into teh most spectacular aircraft carrier battle in history -- a battle that would later become known as the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot. During two days of brutal combat, the American and Japanese carriers dueled, launching wave after wave of fighters and bombers against one another in an all-out fight supremacy. By day and night, hundreds of planes filled the skies. When it was over, the exhausted pilots of the American Fifth Fleet had claimed more than four hundred aerial combat victories, and three Japanese carriers lay on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. Here is the true account of these great and terrible days, told from both sides by those who were there, in the thick of the fight. Drawing upon numerous interviews with American and Japanese veterans as well as official sources, Clash of the Carriers is an unforgettable testimonial to the bravery of those who fought and those who died in a battle that will never be forgotten." - from the dustjacket. Foreword by Stephen Coonts. Preface; Part I. A Precarious Honor; Part II. "Cut Their Damned Throats"; Part III. "Your Signal: Buster"; Part IV. "Launch 'Em"; Part V. "Turn on the Lights";Part VI. Final Cut; Appendices: A. United States Navy officers; B. Imperia l Japanese Navy officers; C. Glossary; D. American Aircraft; E. Japanese Aircraft; F. Air Combat Claims, June 19 G. Warships Constructed, Commissioned. With bibliography, notes, and index. Very good in dustjacket. 15.00