By Paul Kemp
An illustrated paintings overlaying the naval component of global warfare II. the topic is mentioned in accordance with kind of motion, together with fleet activities, service war, submarine war, coastal forces and unique forces. The publication additionally includes illustrations of lifestyles at sea and give up ceremonies.
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Extra resources for A Pictorial History of the Sea War 1939-1945
In February 1944 a carrier task force consisting of nine carriers under Admiral Marc Mitscher struck at the island in a series of raids in which over 45,000 tons of Japanese shipping was sunk, together with 168 aircraft destroyed - all for the loss of six US aircraft. Above: The SBD Dauntless was the most effective divebomber of the Second World War in terms of warship tonnage sunk. SBDs were responsible for the sinking of four Japanese carriers at the Battle of Midway on 4 June 1942. Though nominally replaced by the SB2C Helldiver, the SBD continued to serve in a wide variety of roles until the end of the war.
Right, bottom: Smoke rises from the USS Saratoga after a Japanese attack off Iwo Jima, 21 February 1945. Above, left: The forward end of Saratoga's flight deck, showing two Hellcat aircraft and the remains of a third. Saratoga was struck by four bombs and two Kamikazes while providing air support for the Marines ashore. Below: The USS Franklin on fire after being struck by a Japanese Kamikaze dUring operations off Okinawa on 19 March 1945. A total of 832 personnel died in or after the attack and only damage control of a high order saved the ship.
Right, top: The first carrier in the Fast Carrier Task Force to be sunk was Princeton, bombed on 24 October 1944 dUring the Battle of the Philippine Sea. Here the carrier manoeuvres astern of a battleship earlier that day while a pall of black smoke marks the spot where a Japanese aircraft has crashed on being shot down. Right, centre: The USS Intrepid's crew battle to repair a damaged flight deck after the ship was bombed on 25 October 1944 off Luzon in the Philippines. As the war neared the Japanese home islands the US carriers became the focus for attacks by Japanese suicide bombers, the Kamikazes.
A Pictorial History of the Sea War 1939-1945 by Paul Kemp