* Introduction * Carriers and escorts: organization - fast carrier classes - escorts and auxiliaries * Aircraft: organization - fighters - dive bombers & torpedo bombers - ornance * Personnel * Decisive technologies: radar & navigation - communications - combat information center - anti-aircraft weapons * Operations and tactics: pre-war development - wartime development - strategy and logistics - Task Force tactics - flight operations * Air combat: scouting - strikes - fighter tactics - strafing - bombing - torpedo attacks - air-sea rescue * Case study: Operation 'Jamboree, Feb 1945 * Night operations * the Task Force under attack: combat air patrol - carrier damage control - anti-Kamikaze tactics - surface combat * Analysis & conclusion * Select Bibliography * (throughout) Plate Commentaries
A succinct but detailed illustrated explanation of the techniques by which the ships and aircraft of the US Fast Carrier Task Forces achieved their victories over the Imperial Japanese Navy.
Born in 1981, Brian Lane Herder graduated with a BA in History from the University of Kansas in 2003, and a Masters of Library Science from Emporia State University in 2009. He is a legislative librarian for the Kansas state government and his historical research interests include the US military, naval warfare, and World War II. He lives in Kansas, USA. Adam Hook studied graphic design, and began his work as an illustrator in 1983. He specializes in detailed historical reconstructions, and has illustrated Osprey titles on subjects as diverse as the Aztecs, the Ancient Greeks, Roman battle tactics, several 19th-century American subjects, the modern Chinese Army, and a number of books in the Fortress series. His work features in exhibitions and publications throughout the world. He lives in East Sussex, UK.