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  • MHQ Magazine

    Truman Fires MacArthur

    Harry S. Truman’s distinguished biographer recounts events surrounding the headline that stunned the world...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Model Review: Yukikaze

    Japan’s Yukikaze Destroyer The commissioned in 1940, saw action in Yukikaze, a Kagero-class destroyer most of the big battles in the Pacific War. In December 1941, it supported Japanese landings at Luzon. The ship screened troop landings...

  • World War II Magazine

    Red Ramage’s Wild Ride

    An American sub skipper chases an elusive Japanese convoy—and finds unparalleled glory. The commanding officer was hopping back and forth between the lookouts on the radar screen in the conning tower, and the plot table in the...

  • World War II Magazine

    What if: the Tarawa Invasion Had Failed?

    It is early morning on November 20, 1943. An American fleet stands off Tarawa atoll in the Gilbert Islands, about halfway across the Pacific Ocean. The fleet’s arrival marks the start of the Central Pacific offensive, recently authorized...

  • World War II Magazine

    Battle Films: Go for Broke!

    In Robert Pirosh's 1950 classic World War II film Go for Broke!, an attempt to address “the ugly flame of prejudice" falls short...

  • Military History Magazine

    The Mystery of Pearl Harbor

    Why did Japan attack the United States Pacific fleet and start a war it could not win? At 0600 on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, Lieutenant Mitsuo Matsuzaki lifted off in his Nakajima B5N2 torpedo bomber from Akagi, one of six Japanese...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: The Renegade Flyboys

    Jay Zeamer Jr. Joseph Sarnoski U.S. Army Air Forces Medal of Honor Bougainville, Solomon Islands June 16, 1943 When U.S. Army Air Forces Captain Jay Zeamer Jr. lifted his B-17E Flying Fortress off the runway at Port Moresby, New Guinea, on...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Nango’s Last Stand

    An experienced Japanese ace lost his life in a wild aerial battle over Wewak. By the beginning of 1944, the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force was in dire straits in New Guinea, reduced to defending its battered air bases along the...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: Finish Forty and Home

    Finish Forty and Home: The Untold World War II Story of B-24s in the Pacific by Phil Scearce, University of North Texas Press, Denton, 2011, $29.95 This book, by the son of a Pacific War veteran, shows the air war was vastly different for...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    They Flew From Shangri-La

    Time has taken its toll on the Doolittle Raiders, but 70 years later their heroic deeds live on. The five remaining survivors from Jimmy Doolittle’s legendary April 18, 1942, bombing raid on Japan are expected to reunite at the National...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: Enterprise

    Enterprise: America’s Fightingest Ship and the Men Who Helped Win World War II by Barrett Tillman, Simon & Schuster, New York, 2012, $27 Fighters from the carrier Enterprise were defending against a noisy, chaotic onslaught by...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Tokyo Bay Coronado

    The National Naval Aviation Museum’s PB2Y made history at the end of the Pacific War. Early on August 28, 1945, two Consolidated PB2Y-5R Coronados lay anchored 100 yards off a Saipan beach, their engines idling. Rear Admiral Forrest P....

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: Before They were the Black Sheep

    Before They were the Black Sheep: Marine Fighting Squadron VMF-214 and the Battle for the Solomon Islands by Carl O. Dunbar, edited by Peter M. Dunbar, University Press of Florida, Gainesville, 2011, $32 Carl Dunbar’s book is interesting...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: B-24 Liberator Units of the CBI

    B-24 Liberator Units of the CBI by Edward M. Young, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, England, 2011, $22.95 The story of Maj. Gen. Claire L. Chennault’s Flying Tigers is familiar to most aviation buffs. But the contribution by B-24 Liberators...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Clippers to the Rescue

    How giant flying boats helped win the Pacific theater’s war of supply. Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox characterized World War II as “a war of supply.” This was especially true of the Pacific theater, where logistics were...

  • World War II Magazine

    Moving Target

    After the Japanese occupied the Philippines, one American family found themselves on a run for their lives. Coming from most adolescent boys, this statement might be dismissed as idle prattle. But 14- year-old Clifford Schuring knew it to...