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Author Stern, Robert Cecil, 1946-
Title Scratch one flattop : the first carrier air campaign and the Battle of the Coral Sea / Robert C. Stern.
Imprint Bloomington, Indiana : Indiana University Press, [2019]

Author Stern, Robert Cecil, 1946-
Series Twentieth-century battles.
Twentieth-century battles.
Subject Coral Sea, Battle of the, 1942.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Ocean.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations.
Aircraft carriers -- History -- 20th century.
Add Title First carrier air campaign and the Battle of the Coral Sea
Description 316 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction -- 1. Part 1. Winning the unwinnable war (1936-December 1941) -- Part 2. South to Rabaul (1 January-20 February 1942) -- 2. Beyond Rabaul (21 February-10 March 1942) -- 3. Setting the Board (9 March 1942-23 April 1942) -- 4. Opening moves (23 April-3 May 1942) -- 5. ". . . disappointing" (4 May 1942) -- 6. Chasing shadows (5-6 May 1942) -- 7. Scratch one flattop (7 May 1942) -- 8. Seconds out (8 May 1942) -- 9. Mopping up & dispersal (9-27 May 1942) -- 10. Afterword.
Summary "By the beginning of May 1942, five months after the Pearl Harbor attack, the US Navy was ready to challenge the Japanese moves in the South Pacific. When the Japanese sent troops to New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, the Americans sent the carriers Lexington and Yorktown to counter the move, setting the stage for the Battle of the Coral Sea. In Scratch One Flattop: The First Carrier Air Campaign and the Battle of the Coral Sea, historian Robert C. Stern analyzes the Battle of the Coral Sea, the first major fleet engagement where the warships were never in sight of each other. Unlike the Battle of Midway, the Battle of the Coral Sea has received remarkably little study. Stern covers not only the action of the ships and their air groups but also describes the impact of this pivotal engagement. His analysis looks at the short-term impact as well as the long-term implications, including the installation of inert gas fuel-system purging on all American aircraft carriers and the push to integrate sensor systems with fighter direction to better protect against enemy aircraft. This essential text on the first carrier air campaign, Scratch One Flattop is a landmark study on an overlooked battle in the first months of the United States' engagement in World War II." --Provided by publisher.
ISBN 9780253039293 hardcover : alkaline paper
0253039290 hardcover : alkaline paper
9780253039309 web PDF
0253039304 web PDF
OCLC # 1029891745
Additional Format Online version: Stern, Robert Cecil, 1946- author. Scratch one flattop Bloomington, IN : Indiana University Press, [2019] 9780253039309 (DLC) 2019014982.

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