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Friday, April 5, 2013

The book is Enterprise - America's Fightingest Ship and The Men who heolped Win World War II.  Veteran military historian Tillman (Whirlwind: The Air War Against Japan, 1942–45, 2010, etc.) comprehensively delineates the history of the legendary USS Enterprise (“the Big E”).

“Enterprise was America’s ship,” writes the author, “and there will never be another like her.” Through his focus on the famous ship and her crews, he also provides a history of the naval aspects of World War II. As much as possible, Tillman identifies every aviator downed by enemy action, accident or friendly fire, and he offers illuminating details about their lives. The Big E took part in all the major engagements in the Pacific War, and though enemy action forced her from the battlefield three times, she was rebuilt and refitted to come back stronger each time. Her keel was laid down in Norfolk, Va., in 1933, as part of Roosevelt’s WPA jobs program, and she entered into service in 1938. She was designed for the transition from bi-plane to metal-made monoplane aircraft, and by the end of the war was being made obsolete by new carriers preparing the way for jets.

Here we see current
 aircraft carriers USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). They  are in port at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. US Navy Photo. 


Montanagirl said...

Those Aircraft Carriers are pretty impressive!

Ms Sparrow said...

It's hard to believe that those enormous vessels even exist!

Linda said...

My father talked to me about aircraft carriers. Great post.

Unknown said...

Aircraft are looking in queue. beautiful sea