By C. S. Forester
Those exciting stories of high-seas experience within the Napoleonic period, which Winston Churchill chanced on "vastly entertaining" and Ernest Hemingway instructed to "every literate I know", are being eagerly embraced via a brand new new release of readers. again Bay takes excitement in reissuing those vintage stories in good-looking new exchange paperback editions.
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By this time, Yamamoto had assembled a large portion of the Combined Fleet, including the rebuilt Kido Butai, to support further reinforcement of the island and to destroy the American fleet providing support to the Marines. With three American carriers standing by to defeat such an attempt, the third carrier battle of the war was imminent. CHRONOLOGY August 7 Americans land on Guadalcanal. August 20 Henderson Field operational. August 24 Battle of the Eastern Solomons. 0935hrs – American PBY spots light carrier Ryujo.
Naval History and Heritage Command) The new addition to the air group by August 1942 was the Grumman TBF-1 Avenger torpedo bomber which replaced the obsolescent Douglas TBD-1 Devastator. The new Avenger was such an improvement from the Devastator that American commanders were still learning to exploit its capabilities. Executing a torpedo attack at low altitudes and at low speed was a perilous undertaking, but the rugged Avenger improved the chances of survival, if not success. The standard American air-launched torpedo remained the Mark XIII aerial torpedo which was unreliable.
This meant that the Kido Butai would go to Midway with only four of its six carriers. American losses in the Coral Sea meant that Nimitz was left with only two fully operational carriers in the Pacific. These two carriers, Enterprise and Hornet, had barely missed the Coral Sea battle because they were conducting the Doolittle Raid against the Japanese home islands. The Pacific Fleet’s other carrier, Saratoga, was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in January 1942, and was still under repair. Saratoga would not return to service until late May.