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The First Team and the Guadalcanal Campaign: Naval Fighter Combat from August to November 1942

4.62  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  9 reviews
From huddled command conferences to cramped cockpits, John Lundstrom guides readers through the maelstrom of air combat at Guadalcanal in this impressively researched sequel to his earlier study. Picking up the story after Midway, the author presents a scrupulously accurate account of what happened, describing in rich detail the actual planes and pilots pitted in the feroc ...more
Paperback, 624 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by US Naval Institute Press (first published November 1993)
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Jeff
Mar 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A sequel to Lundstrom's earlier book entitled The First Team, this book picks up where its predecessor left off and covers USN fighter operations from mid to late 1942. Excellent book, but I admit I liked the first book better - or at least found it more interesting.
Dave
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After thoroughly enjoying The First Team, I hoped for a follow-up to his superb research and detailed readable coverage of carrier action leading up to Battle of Midway. I was not disappointed!! A must for any serious reader or historian!!
Walker
Aug 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: raids-ww-ii
Great study of the impact of superb airmanship and leadership by aircraft carrier pilots and their commanders.
Frank Larizza
Dec 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exelent read esp. for avaiation buffs. Well researched as all Lundstrom books are.
Mike
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great follow up to The First Team and both are a must read for students of the Pacific War, aviation history and even process improvement.
Sweetwilliam
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The First Team and the Guadalcanal Campaign - Naval Fighter Combat form August to November 1942 by John Lundstrom.

"Our few against their precious few."

This is a continuation of The First Team part I. The first book chronicled the Pacific Naval air combat from Pearl Harbor to Midway (see my review on Goodreads). As the title suggests, the second book covers the carrier wars through the Guadalcanal campaign. This includes the carrier battle of the Eastern Solomons early in the campaign, fighting
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Rolf Kirby
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The author continues his granular level of detail perfected in the first The First Team book, this time describing US Navy fighter combat during the Guadalcanal Campaign. A lot of the narrative is about the squadrons that flew from Henderson Field on Guadalcanal, but the carrier battles of the Battles of the Eastern Solomons and Santa Cruz are handled with the depth you'd expect from Lundstrom.
I was struck by;
- a Navy pilot shot down who washes ashore on a small island, and then has to dodge Jap
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Bill Bowne
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great continuation of Lundstrom's first study (The First Team) of US Naval aviators from Pearl Harbor through the pivotal Guadalcanal campaign.
Brads
Jan 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
An illuminating follow-on to First Team, this book covers the carrier battles of battles of the Eastern Solomons and Santa Cruz as well land-based air combat from Guadalcanal. If you liked First Team, pick this up.
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