Wade McClusky and the Battle of Midway

Autor David Rigby
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 26 noi 2020
During the Battle of Midway in June 1942, US Navy dive bomber pilot Wade McClusky proved himself to be one of the greatest pilots and combat leaders in American history, but his story has never been told - until now. It was Wade McClusky who remained calm when the Japanese fleet was not where it was expected to be. It was he who made the counterintuitive choice to then search to the north instead of to the south. It was also McClusky who took the calculated risk of continuing to search even though his bombers were low on fuel and may not have enough to make it back to the Enterprise. His ability to remain calm under enormous pressure played a huge role in the US Navy winning this decisive victory that turned the tide of war in the Pacific. This book is the story of exactly the right man being in exactly the right place at exactly the right time. Wade McClusky was that man and this is his story.
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ISBN-13: 9781472848239
ISBN-10: 1472848233
Pagini: 384
Dimensiuni: 153 x 234 x 32 mm
Greutate: 0.54 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Osprey Publishing
Locul publicării:London, United Kingdom


Considers the crucial importance of skilled dive bombers in the success of the battle and contains much new research and reanalysis of previous writing to come to a number of intriguing conclusions.

Notă biografică

David Rigby is a historian and the author of Allied Master Strategists: The Combined Chiefs of Staff in World War II (Naval Institute Press, 2012), which was awarded the 2012 John Lyman Book Prize in U.S. Naval History and No Substitute for Victory: Successful American Military Strategies from the Revolutionary War to the Present Day (Carrel Books, 2014). He lives in Massachusetts, USA.


Preface1. June 4, 1942 - The Search Begins2. Background of a Battle - and of a Leader3. The McCluskys of Buffalo4. Annapolis and a Navy in Transition5. Naval Aviator6. The 1930s - Origins of a Troubleshooter7. Fighting Six8. Commander, Air Group Six9. Last Minute Preparations10. June 4, 1942 - Take-off11. June 4, 1942 - North or South?12. June 4, 1942 - The Attack13. June 4, 1942 - Escape, A Shot-up Airplane, and Two Gallons of Gasoline14. June 4, 1942 - The Afternoon Attack15. June 5, 1942 - McClusky Versus Browning16. McClusky and Historians17. The Midwar Period - Training Pilots and a Desk in Washington18. CVE 5819. The End of the War and the Transition to Peace20. PostwarAppendix A: Annapolis Class of 1926 Alumni at MidwayAppendix B: Wade McClusky Navy Cross CitationBibliographyAcknowledgmentsIndex


A thoroughly good read.
This is an essential read for anyone interested in Midway or naval aviation.
Rigby tells an exciting tale with action coming in right away in the first chapters.
I found the narrative engaging, especially the exceptional detail in which the author sets up the various engagements and the unexpected difficulties with radio communication, drawing me deeper into every chapter. I became completely invested in this ambitious yet modest officer, pilot, and commander. This book is truly the story of the right man being in the right place at the right time, ultimately bringing about the victory of the Battle of Midway.
[Rigby's] biography provides a fresh perspective on one of history's most famous battles.
This is a sweeping history, but the author is well-equipped to tell it, having written a number of aviation titles previously. This new work continues his tradition of engaging storytelling, in-depth research, and an ability to make a broad subject accessible and relatable to the reader. The book admirably compiles the history of the Far East Air Forces into one useful volume.