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Douglas A2D Skyshark КНИГИ ;ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: Naval FightersСерия: Naval warring parties 43Автор(ы): Gerry MarkgrafЯзык: EnglishГод издания: 1997Количество страниц: 84ISBN: 0-942612-43-4Формат: pdf (300 dpi) 1600x2135Размер: 126.0 mbRapid1Rapid2 fifty one

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S. Marine Corps planes spread around airfields across the South Pacific, eighty-one were based at Guadalcanal—radio call sign Cactus. Sixty-five of these were operational according to an estimate of 28 January that likely included nine Wildcats flown in that same day by VMF-112 pilots returning for a second tour of duty. Lt. Jack Maas brought another VMF-112 F4F from Espiritu Santo—radio call sign Button—the next day, in time to replace one of two Wildcats demolished in a dreadful midair collision over Henderson Field.

In the hands of a skilled pilot, the sharp-cornering Oscar was still a dangerous adversary for any Allied fighter pilot foolish enough to tackle one in a close-in dogfight. Japanese Aircraft and Air-Combat Doctrine h 13 The Oscar made its debut in the Solomons with Operation KE; hence, the newcomer was unfamiliar to Guadalcanal’s aviators. Though it was smaller, the Ki-43 closely resembled the Model 21 and Model 22 Zekes in both appearance and performance. Not surprisingly, when they did encounter the nimble Nakajima fighter, American pilots consistently identified it as a variant of its Mitsubishi cousin.

Navy planners at imperial GHQ doubted the 17th Army could be evacuated without prohibitive losses in naval surface and air units. Embittered army counterparts charged the navy with flinching at the eleventh hour, insisting that Admiral Yamamoto commit his destroyer flotillas to the primary transport role in lieu of pledging barges and collapsible boats, which the army regarded as little more than a token gesture. A skeptical Yamamoto surmised that perhaps one-third of General Hyakutake’s troops could be saved at the cost of half the destroyers involved; under mounting pressure he had little choice but to accede reluctantly to the evacuation, however.

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