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A Marine Dive-bomber Pilot at Guadalcanal
by John Howard McEniry, Jr
University of Alabama Press, 1987
Paper: 978-0-8173-1283-1 | Cloth: 978-0-8173-0330-3
Library of Congress Classification D790.M42 1987
Dewey Decimal Classification 940.544973

Chronicles the World War II experiences of the author
This book chronicles the World War II experiences of the author, who served as a Marine Corps pilot in the South Pacific. Colonel McEniry describes the organization and deployment of a Marine dive-bombing squadron (VMSB-132) in the early days of the war and follows the squadron through its actions in November and December of 1942.
The participation by the squadron in the naval battle of Guadalcanal, November 12-15, 1942, is related in detail and includes the personal experiences of the author on several bombing missions. This battle, described by Admiral Ernest J. King, the Chief of Naval Operations, as “the fiercest naval battle ever fought,” resulted in the loss by the Japanese of two battleships, ten transport ships, and numerous cruisers and destroyers.
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