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In the Hands of Fate: The Story of Patrol Wing Ten, 8 December 1941 - 11 May 1942 (Bluejacket Books) e-book

Author:

Dwight R. Messimer

Language:

English

Category:

History

Subcategory:

Military

ePub size:

1816 kb

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Rating:

4.4

Publisher:

Naval Institute Press (April 15, 2012)

Pages:

368

ISBN:

1557505470

In the Hands of Fate: The Story of Patrol Wing Ten, 8 December 1941 - 11 May 1942 (Bluejacket Books) e-book

by Dwight R. Messimer


Patrol Wing Ten was the only . He also mentioned that I might be interested in the book 'In The Hands Of Fate' about Patrol Wing 10 during the first months of WWII in the Pacific.

Patrol Wing Ten was the only . The story about these sailors is just amazing to say the least. It's amazing what these Navy men had to go through with very little supplies and with the odds stacked against them. Navy aviation unit to fight the Japanese in the early weeks of World War II, and the daring exploits of its PBY scout-plane pilots offer a dramatic tale of heroism, duty, and controversy. By Christmas Day in 1941, Patrol Wing Ten was forced to split into two groups, one fighting an air and sea campaign in Java, the other fighting as infantry on Bataan and Corregidor. Moving back and forth between the two groups, Messimer skillfully interweaves their experiences with the major events of the overall war. He uses material from the fifty survivors he managed to track down and deftly captures their ability to maintain a sense of humor in the face of overwhelming danger.

Patrol Wing Ten, 8 December 1941 - 11 May 1942 (Bluejacket Books). Patrol Wing Ten was the only . By Christmas Day in 1941, Patrol Wing Ten was forced to split into two groups, one fighting an air and sea campaign in Java, th. .

In the Hands of Fate: The Story of Patrol Wing Ten, 8 December 1941 - 11 May 1942 (Bluejacket Books). Publisher: Naval Institute Press Apr 15 2012. Internal SKU: A06B-01554.

Dwight R. Messimer is a lecturer in military history at San Jose State University in California, where he. Messimer is a lecturer in military history at San Jose State University in California, where he specializes in World War I and early . He is the author of six books including The Merchant U-Boat and Escape, the story of World War I Medal of Honor recipient Edouard V. Isaac. Messimer served in the . Army from 1954 to 1962 and was stationed in Berlin from 1957 to 1959. By Christmas Day in 1941, Patrol Wing Ten was forced to split into tw.

ISBN 10: 0870212931 ISBN 13: 9780870212932. Publisher: Naval Institute Press, 1985. In the Hands of Fate: The Story of Patrol Wing Ten : 8 December 1941-11 May 1942.

Fate : The Story of Patrol Wing Ten, 8 December 1941-11 May 1942. I enjoyed this book which covered well a specific phase of early WW II in the Asiatic area.

In the Hands of Fate : The Story of Patrol Wing Ten, 8 December 1941-11 May 1942. by Dwight R. Messimer.

The following events occurred in December 1941: The Battle of Pljevlja was fought in the Italian governorate of Montenegro. Italian military forces repulsed an attack by Montenegrin Partisans. Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt resigned following the German retreat from Rostov. The German 15th Panzer Division routed the 20th Battalion of the 2nd New Zealand Division at Belhamed, Libya, but tanks of the British 4th Armoured Brigade drove off the attack.

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Patrol Wing Ten was the only U.S. Navy aviation unit to fight the Japanese in the early weeks of World War II, and the daring exploits of its PBY scout-plane pilots offer a dramatic tale of heroism, duty, and controversy. Poorly equipped and dead tired from flying back-to-back patrols with no fighter cover, the men lost sixty-six percent of their aircraft in just eight weeks as they took on an enemy that outnumbered them nearly 1,000 to one. This forceful narrative places the reader right in the midst of their courageous battle. Dwight Messimer's aggressive research on the topic has resulted in a work that provides moving details to their desperate but valiant acts against the seemingly invincible Japanese juggernaut that swept across the southwest Pacific at the opening of the war.

By Christmas Day in 1941, Patrol Wing Ten was forced to split into two groups, one fighting an air and sea campaign in Java, the other fighting as infantry on Bataan and Corregidor. Moving back and forth between the two groups, Messimer skillfully interweaves their experiences with the major events of the overall war. He uses material from the fifty survivors he managed to track down and deftly captures their ability to maintain a sense of humor in the face of overwhelming danger. The more than one hundred personal and official documents uncovered during years of research reveal new information relating to technical points about the planes, facts verified by the PBY crews that do not agree with popularly accepted ideas. To those who believe the wing accomplished nothing--and this group includes many pilots--Messimer argues that while attempts to bomb the Japanese fleet proved futile because the PBYs were unsuitable for such a task, the wing's rescue and evacuation missions saved many lives. The airdales themselves were not so lucky. When Corregidor fell, nearly half of them were captured and many died in captivity.

Quashant
This a well written history of they days and weeks after Pearl Harbor through the eyes of the PBY Squadron in the Soutwest Pacific theater. These days are darkest of the WWII IMHO. It should be read by all who think we should cut back on our military.
Ximinon
Good story and history of the area. Really shows what allowing our military to become obsolete and relying on antiques can do to increase casualties of our folks. Same obsolete problem we had in 1950.
Avarm
An excellent account of naval aviators deployed in the Pacific up to and including the beginning of WW2
Bloodray
As a retired "Yoke Yacht" aircrew (1944-45 Eastern Pacific) I found this most interesting.
Fawrindhga
I enjoyed this book which covered well a specific phase of early WW II in the Asiatic area
Marad
Good history read and a story that I was not aware of in the South Pacific. Would like to had read in dept stories on individuals but this is more of a Log Book story.
Qucid
As an amateur "student" of the history of WWII, this book provided me with a better understanding of the early Naval air campaign in the Pacific. Patrol Wing Ten's men and PBY Catalina planes were in the meat grinder from the very start of the war. Constantly under harrassment from the Japanese invasions, this unit performed admirably as they had to move their bases of operation frequently. The unit was split into many parts and worked from both land and sea facilities at the same time. Every air patrol almost guaranteed contact with superior enemy airplanes. Their ability to perform their role as both scout and rescuer leaves one in amazement considering the stress they were under physically, both sailors and planes.

Keeping a squadron in the air in the face of a superior enemy is tough under any circumstances. To be able to do it while working from the sea with virtually little or no plane maintainance was incredible.

Read this one with a map of the south Pacific handy as the scene of operations changes frequently throughout this book.
I have about 2000 books in my collection, a good portion consisting of aviation and military history. This book is one of my all time favorites. As an aerospace engineer I appreciate well written and researched books on aircraft. No other book on aviation chronicles the push of allied forces down the Pacific chain. We've all read unit histories and unit involvement in events and clashes. But this book shows us how a delinquent President left our bravest to fight with little equipment, and aircraft that were at the time not expendable. We lost too much due to a ridiculous political policy that has plagued our country over and over. How many times must we lose our best blood because defense cutbacks make us vulnerable. This story shows you how these policies played out the day after Dec 7 1941. How a squadron was reduced to almost nothing but kept on fighting.

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