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by Stephen M. Perrone.

Publisher: New Jersey Sportmen's Guides

Place Published: Somerdale, NJ

Publish Date: 2003

Edition: First Edition

Description: Descriptions of combat missions by Bomber crews including diaries, logs and official mission reports; includes overseas photos, and a map. This is the story of the World War II B-24 aircraft SNOOPER Squadrons -- low-level anti-shipping black-painted night bombers in the Pacific Theater. After the Midway and Coral Sea air-sea battle losses, the Japanese, in order to supply and strengthen the hundreds of islands they occupied after December 7, 1941, decided to use small groups or single ships and barges under the cover of darkness, moving among clusters of islands or in the open ocean in inclement weather to avoid being intercepted by American aircraft. The Snoopers came into being because on May 30, 1942, Commanding General Army Air Forces, Hap Arnold, ordered the Director of Technical Services to establish the Sea Search Attack Development Unit, with headquarters at Langley Field, Virginia. On the night of August 27-28, 1943 and continuing nightly until the end of the war, two B-24 Heavy Bombardment Squadrons sank hundreds of thousands tons of Japanese warships, troop and supply ships, bombing with radar precision at an altitude of 1000 to 1500 feet in fair weather or foul. The two squadrons were the 868th Bombardment Squadron of the 13th Air Force and the 63rd Bombardment Squadron of the 5th Air Force. The story is told by the men of the crews who flew these missions that ranged over 1500 miles of the Pacific on each flight search, average mission length 13 hours. Each plane flew alone -- takeoff time at dusk, returning the next morning with luck and acquired skills. Hundreds of combat missions are described by the crew members - most of them were in their twenties - - but some were teenagers. Book contains 296 pages and 60 WWII photographs. *** Only 1 left in stock ***

Condition: MINT
ID Number: 7601

Price: $24.95

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