By John Roberts
The Essex-class airplane companies are well-known for his or her effectiveness and reliability as warships and the titanic development courses they initiated. inbuilt 1941, the Intrepid (CV11) used to be one of many classification of twenty-four vessels built in the course of and instantly after international battle II. wearing 90 plane each one, they shaped the most air energy and awesome strength of the U.S. Pacific Fleet opposed to the japanese from 1943 to 1945. Written via recognized warship historian John Roberts, this vintage reference in this vintage send good points the vast diagrams and images that this sequence has turn into justly recognized for. It additionally bargains an authoritative description of the options, layout, ameliorations, and operational heritage of the Intrepid and a brand new large-scale fold-out plan. 154 illustrations.101/2 x 91/2 inches.
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She had been accepted by Stanford University where she wanted to study medicine. The remainder of my leave was spent in the glow of our engagement, after which Jack Scott and I rendezvoused at Union Station in Los Angeles and headed for San Diego on September 5, 1943. Arriving there, we walked to the waterfront, caught the Nickel Snatcher ferry near the naval district headquarters, and crossed the bay to NAS North Island. NAS North Island was big. We marveled at the wartime hustle and bustle of cars with people, trucks with parts, and tractors towing airplanes in various stages of assembly down the streets.
The aromas of paint and solvent so peculiar to airplanes filled the air as we walked down the street to report to Commander Fleet Air West Coast. We were told that a new air group was being formed and that all dive bomber pilots checking in at that time would go to NAS Los Alamitos to report to Scout Bombing Squadron 19 (VSB-19). Our orders were endorsed, and we retraced our steps to Los Angeles to report to VSB-19 the next day. Los Alamitos, now an auxiliary air station, was still out in the sticks.
I think that beer helped keep the boat crew on that harrowing job. S. Naval Academy class of 1944 came to Daytona Beach for aviation indoctrination, and in the process we lost two airplanes, two pilots, and two Naval Academy graduates when the SBDs they rode in dove into the water, just missing the target boat. An astute accident board investigation found that in both cases the new officers riding in the backseat had installed the removable control stick, most probably earlier in the flight when the pilots offered them an opportunity to fly the SBD in level flight.