Hellcat Tales: A U.S. Navy Fighter Pilot in World War II

Hellcat Tales: A U.S. Navy Fighter Pilot in World War II

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Merriam Press Military Monograph 1. Third Edition (December 2011). From enlistment in 1942, through cadet aviation training, joining VBF-12/Air Group 12 as a SB2C Helldiver pilot, later switching to the F6F Hellcat, embarking on the USS Randolph (CV-15), and conducting air operations including fighter sweeps over Tokyo, combat missions over Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and fighting off kamikaze attacks. Contents: On the Cover; Chapter 1: Decision Time; Chapter 2: Pre-Flight School; Chapter 3: The Yellow Peril; Chapter 4: Wings of Gold; Chapter 5: Dive Bombing; Chapter 6: A Side-Wheeler Carrier; Chapter 7: Air Group Twelve; Chapter 8: The USS Randolph (CV-15); Chapter 9: First Tokyo Fighter Sweep; Chapter 10: Iwo Jima; Chapter 11: Kamikaze Hit; Chapter 12: Okinawa; Chapter 13: Combat Missions; Chapter 14: Kamikazes by the Dozen; Chapter 15: Farewell to Combat; Chapter 16: R&R Friendly Fire; Chapter 17: Back in the U.S. of A.; Chapter 18: Winding Down; Third edition (December 2011); 4 color photos; 20 B&W photos. The author passed away 23 September 2009. Review by Melanie Lauwers, Cape Cod Times, 2 October 2006: Robert Gadbois, a Falmouth resident, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942, the year he was a freshman at Rhode Island State College. He chose aviation training, became a Hellcat fighter pilot and saw action across the Pacific, including Iwo Jima and Okinawa and finally over Tokyo. His memoir takes readers through his decision to become a pilot, through pre-flight school and into the depth of wartime action onboard the USS Randolph making its way to victory. Review by Richard Gauthier: I bought and read Robert's book Hellcat Tales when I saw it in his obituary. I appreciate the insight it gave me into his life and the lives of others who have sacrificed so much. Review by Jerry Pacheco: I shall always treasure his visits to my restaurant, with daughter Millie, and the signed copy of his book Hellcat Tales. He exemplified "The Greatest Generation," it was an honor to serve them.

Product Details

  • Author: Robert "Gabby" Gadbois
  • Publication Date: 2011-12-19
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Product Group: Book
  • Manufacturer: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Binding: Paperback, 170 pages
  • Brand: Brand: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Features:
    • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Item Dimensions:
    • Dimensions: 39L x 591W x 890H
    • Weight: 57
  • Package Dimensions:
    • Dimensions: 898L x 598W x 47H
    • Weight: 57
  • List Price: $14.95
  • ISBN: 146811431X
  • ASIN: 146811431X

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