Kamikazes, Corsairs, and Picket Ships

Kamikazes, Corsairs, and Picket Ships

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MILITARY HISTORY. This is the previously untold story of one of the most ferocious and prolonged air/naval battles in history: the battle at the radar picket stations during the American assault on Okinawa in the spring of 1945. While losses in the main fleet, including damage to ships such as the Enterprise and Intrepid, have been well covered, less known is the terrific battle waged on the radar picket line, the fleet's outer defense against Japanese marauders. The great losses were largely due to the relentless nature of the kamikaze attacks, but also the improper use of support gunboats, failure to establish land-based radar at the earliest possible time, the assignment of ships ill-equipped for picket duty, and, as time went on, crew fatigue. The nature of the US air cover is also described in full, as squadrons dashed from their carriers and land bases to intercept the Japanese swarms, resulting in constant melees over the fleet.This manual is dated 15 April 1945 and would have been in use during the campaign for Okinawa. ... MXY7, Navy Special Attack Oka Mitsubishi G4m1/ G4M3, Navy Type 1 Nakajima E8N, Navy Type 95 Yokosuka P1Y1-S, P1Y2-S Kawanishianbsp;...

Title:Kamikazes, Corsairs, and Picket Ships
Author: Robin L. Rielly
Publisher:Casemate Publishers - 2008-09-01

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