F6F Hellcat: Philippines 1944 (Dogfight #5) (Paperback)

F6F Hellcat: Philippines 1944 (Dogfight #5) By Edward M. Young, Jim Laurier (Illustrator), Gareth Hector (Illustrator) Cover Image

F6F Hellcat: Philippines 1944 (Dogfight #5) (Paperback)

By Edward M. Young, Jim Laurier (Illustrator), Gareth Hector (Illustrator)


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This is book number 5 in the Dogfight series.

Using maps, contemporary photographs, and new artwork, this book examines the Hellcat and the naval aviators who flew them.

Joining combat in the Pacific in late 1943, the Hellcat squadrons soon demonstrated their ascendency over their Japanese opponents, culminating in the great "Marianas Turkey Shoot" during the Battle of the Philippine Sea in June 1944. The fighter proved to be a dream for pilots to fly, allowing both novice and veteran Naval Aviators alike to prevail in largescale aerial combats. From October 1944 to January 1945, the Fast Carriers supported General MacArthur's invasion of the Philippines.

Featuring specially commissioned armament views and battlescenes, this book covers the key role played by Naval Aviators flying the Hellcat into action during the Fast Carrier Task Force's strikes against the Philippines in September and October 1944. Using maps, contemporary photographs, and technical diagrams, the volume examines the highly effective tactics used to prevail against large enemy formations, and reveals the training that underpinned the success enjoyed by the Naval Aviators and their Hellcats. The key combat actions are vividly described through 3D ribbon diagrams providing a step-by-step depiction of the main dogfights featured in the book, as well as action reports, both from previously unknown pilots and from more famous Hellcat aces.

Edward M. Young is a retired financial executive with a BA degree in Political Science from Harvard University and an MA from the University of Washington. In 2015 he received an MA in the History of Warfare from King's College, London and in 2020 completed a PhD in History at King's College. During his career he had assignments in New York, London, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. He is the author of numerous books and articles on aviation history. He lives with his wife in Seattle, Washington.

Jim Laurier is a native of New England and lives in New Hampshire. He attended Paier School of Art in Hamden, Connecticut, from 1974–78, and since graduating with Honours, he has been working professionally in the field of Fine Art and Illustration. He has been commissioned to paint for the US Air Force and has aviation paintings on permanent display at the Pentagon.
Product Details ISBN: 9781472850560
ISBN-10: 1472850564
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publication Date: November 22nd, 2022
Pages: 80
Language: English
Series: Dogfight

"Osprey have produced yet another high quality, and thoroughly enjoyable read." - Simon Dalton, Books2Cover

"Well worth considering as inspiration for any USN Hellcat build, or for those with an interest in the Pacific Arena of World War Two." - Scale Aircraft Modelling