On the morning of October 24, 1944, in the Sibuyan Sea amidst the Philippine Islands, a squadron of six American torpedo bomber pilots departed the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid on a mission to destroy the super-battleship Musashi, the pride of the Imperial Japanese Navy. The pilots were tasked with preventing the immense enemy warship and the huge naval armada of which she was a part from inflicting unspeakable damage on the transports and supply ships that were supporting the American amphibious landings within nearby Leyte Gulf. Little did these young men know that they had embarked into the opening rounds of history’s greatest—and last—epic naval battle. Two bomber crews launched in the first wave of attacks were shot out of the sky. Only pilot Will Fletcher survived the crash landing. Adrift at sea, Will made his way to land, escaped into the jungles of the Philippines, where he eluded capture by the Japanese with the help of Filipino guerrillas, and joined their ranks against their common enemy.
In Intrepid Aviators, Gregory G. Fletcher tells the story of the brave bomber pilots, their daring duel with the Musashi, and Will Fletcher’s struggle to survive as a guerrilla soldier.
Hardcover Book : 432 pages
Publisher: Putnam Berkley Pub. Group ( July 03, 2012 )
Item #: 13-608817
Product Dimensions: 6.0 x 9.0 inches
Product Weight: 21.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)