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Royal Naval Air Service 1912-1918. By Brad King, Barry Ketley (Editor), David Howley (Illustrator), Mark Rolfe (Illustrator). Hikoki Publications; ISBN: 0951989952  Our Price: £24.95  RRP: 
This illustrated book on the Royal Navy Air Service covers the perios 1912 until the RNAS was merged with the Royal Flying Corps to form the RAF. Remarkably, there has never before been a history dedicated solely to the Royal Navy's airmen in the First World War. Yet it was these men who pioneered airpower at sea, strategic bombing, anti-submarine warfare and fast-moving armoured warfare on land! In so doing they changed naval warfare forever and laid the foundations of today's
carrier-borne aviation - the ultimate projection of global military power. Written with the full co-operation of the Imperial War Museum and making use of much new information, previously lying undiscovered in the extensive Museum archives. Foreword by His Royal
Highness The Duke of York. Copious illustrations in black and white (276 b/w photos). Deserves a special
commendation for the 16 page colour section.

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Hardcover - 160 pages (November 1997) 
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Royal Navy Aircraft Serials and Units 1911-1919. By Ray Sturtivant and Gordon Page; Air Britain; ISBN: 0851301916. RRP: 
Detailed reference work of the Royal Navy Aircraft Serials and Units 1911-1919. Probably the most ambitious project of its nature ever attempted, this work provides complete or near complete histories of over 15,000 aircraft flown by the Royal Naval Air Service from 1911 and by successor units of the Royal Air Force from 1 April 1918 until the end of 1919. It also lists their squadrons, units and bases. There are details of numerous attempts by coastal aircraft to bomb U-boats around the coast of Britain, and of land-based naval aircraft making hazardous night flights to help stem the Zeppelin menace. The many individual incidents include Major Barker's dramatic fight in October 1918 when, despite his Sopwith Snipe being riddled with bullets as he came down, he managed to account for four enemy aircraft before making a crash landing from which he and his aircraft survived, for which unique exploit he was awarded a well merited Victoria Cross. 

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Hardcover - (1992) 
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Squadron Histories: RNAS, RFC and RAF since 1912. By Peter M. H. Lewis; ASIN: 0370000226 . RRP: 
Book about the Squadron Histories: RNAS, RFC and RAF since 1912.

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British Aviation Squadron Markings of World War I: RFC - RAF - RNAS . By Les Rogers; Schiffer Publishing; ISBN: 0764312847. £55.00.RRP: 
This book is about RFC, RNAS and RAF squadron markings of WW1. Years in the making, this book covers the wide variety of markings used by British aviation units in World War I. Organized numerically by squadron number the book includes both textual and photographic examples for nearly all RFC, RAF, and RNAS squadrons.

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Hardcover - 296 pages (February 2001) 
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Fleet Air Arm Aircraft, Units and Ships 1920 to 1939. By Ray Sturtivant with Dick Cronin; Air Britain; ISBN: 0851302718. RRP: 
The first detailed work on the Fleet Air Arm between the wars. Full histories of flights and squadrons, including movements, aircraft types and COs; detailed individual aircraft histories with many aircrew names; detailed histories of FAA and coastal prototypes (N127 to N256 and others); comprehensive details of the complicated and colourful system of code markings and carrier bands; names of pupil Pilots, Observers and TAGs on courses up to the end of 1939; 3,000 name index; detailed movements of 12 aircraft carriers and seaplane carriers, and 60 seaplane-carrying battleships, cruisers and a submarine with a photograph of each ship.

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Hardback - 448 pages (1998)
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Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm. By Ray Sturtivant and Theo Ballance; Air Britain; ISBN: 0851302238. RRP: 
Every past and present first and second-line squadron is listed, including Australian, Canadian and Dutch naval squadrons where their unit numbering makes them relevant. The coverage for each squadron comprises a concise narrative history, the squadron badge (if any), photos of representative aircraft in most instances, detailed tables of aircraft types flown with dates and examples, lists of commanding officers and lists of bases including detachments of all sizes. In addition the new edition includes a brief summary of the different types of identification marking carried over the years by squadron aircraft, and also lists battle honours awarded. Detailed indexes cover aircraft equipment, UK and overseas locations, ships names mentioned in the lists, plus a new index of commanding officers names. 

Detailed appendices, all updated, cover Boyd Trophy awards, ships names of FAA stations, FAA bases at home and overseas, aircraft carriers, Mac-ships,
helicopter-carrying ships, pre- war FAA numbered flights and miscellaneous FAA units, FAA Flag Officers and major WW2 warships fitted with catapults. The latter, and also the lists of carriers and helicopter carrying ships, include tables of relevant squadrons and flights, with dates and aircraft types with examples. As a cross-reference, there are lists of the identity numbers allocated in recent years to Wasp, Wessex and Lynx flights. There is also a list of naval aircraft currently held by the Yeovilton and Nowra museums. 

The whole range of side markings carried on naval aircraft since 1933 is covered in a series of detailed appendices. By reference to these lists and the accompanying general explanation, in conjunction with the information given for each squadron, it should be possible to identify the unit of most naval aircraft bearing a full side marking.

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Hardcover - 480 pages (1994) 
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Front Line Avenger Squadrons of the FAA by R G Fletcher. RG Fletcher; ISBN: 0951887718. Our Price: £15.95.
Royal Navy Aircraft : Since 1945 No summary available. 

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Hardcover (1995) 
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The Originals : The Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron of World War II  . By Sarah Byrn Rickman .  Disc-Us Books; ISBN: 1584442638. Our Price: £20.10.  RRP: 
Book about the The Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron of World War II.

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Hardcover (June 2001) 
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The British Pensacola Battalion : a flight log representing the British Flight Battalion, U.S. Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida,  1941-1944 by Frank Robinson. ASIN: 0897450469
This book covers the British Pensacola Battalion : a flight log representing the British Flight Battalion, U.S. Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida,  1941-1944

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The British Flight Battalion at Pensacola and Afterwards  by Frank Robinson (Editor). ASIN: 0897450450 
This book covers the British Pensacola Battalion : a flight log representing the British Flight Battalion, U.S. Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida,  1941-1944

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Canadian Squadrons in Coastal Command. By Andrew Hendrie; Vanwell Pub. Ltd. ISBN: 1551250381. RRP: 
During World War II, Canadian squadrons flew hundreds of operations over the North Atlantic, the English Channel, the North Sea, and the Bay of Biscay. 

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Hardcover - 208 pages (December 1, 1998) 
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Murricane's Men by Giles Davies. G Davies; ISBN: 0953124401. Our Price: £15.00. 
Royal Navy Aircraft : Since 1945 1830 squadron formed at Abbotsinch on 15th of August 1947 as a Fighter Anti-submarine squadron in the RN Volunteer Reserve equipped with Seafire and Fireflies. This book is about some of the men who became weekend flyers and earned a well-deserved reputation for maintaining Britain's Fleet Air Arm capacity during the transitional war to peace years of 1947 to 1957. Desmond "Jock" Murricane went to sea aged 16, and was appointed commanding officer of 1830 RNVR squadron. 

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Hardcover (1997) 
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RAF Squadrons. By C.G. Jefford.  Airlife Publishing; ISBN: 1840371412. Our Price: £32.00.  RRP: 
Since it was first published in 1988, 'RAF Squadrons' has become the major reference work that accurately and comprehensively records the historical details of the RAF's basic fighting formations - its Squadrons. This new edition brings the work up-to-date and includes additions and amendments that have resulted from new research and information. Twelve appendices  serve as a unique reference point, with two of them, one keyed by aircraft type, the other by location, providing essential cross references to the listing of each squadron's movements and equipment. Another innovative feature of RAF Squadrons is the presentation of a set of fifty-three maps on which are
included over 2,500 locations mentioned in the text. As well as the relatively familiar UK airfields, it is now possible for the historian to locate all the aerodromes used by RAF Squadrons in Europe, Africa and Asia, in times of war and peace.
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Hardcover - 290 pages 2nd Ed (June 2001) .
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United States (US)  Naval Air Squadron Units 
 
U.S. Navy Fighter Squadrons in World War II; chronologies, deployment, combat records. By Barrett Tillman . Hikoki Publications; ISBN: 0933424744. Our Price: £37.28   RRP: 
A Superb piece that fills a major hole in reference material on WWII US Naval Aviation. This first-ever chronology of VF squadrons describes their history, deployments, battle highlights, commanders, aces, losses, and aircraft. Twenty-five lush appendices supply further information including shoot-down claims, biographies of 12 famous aces, and a list of 371 Naval fighter aces, aces in a day, and top scoring squadrons.  There may be a companion volume on USMC fighter squadrons, and interest in carrier-based dive and torpedo bomber units also has been expressed.

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Usn Aircraft Carrier Air Units: 1946-1956 by Duane A. Kasulka, Publications Squadron signal. Squadron/Signal Pubns; ISBN: 0897471644
This is a volume about Usn Aircraft Carrier Air Units: 1946-1956

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(June 1985) 

 
Usn Aircraft Carrier Air Units: 1957-1963 by Duane A. Kasulka. Squadron/Signal Pubns; ISBN: 0897471725
This is a volume about Usn Aircraft Carrier Air Units: 1957-1963 

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(January 1986) 

 
 
Usn Aircraft Carrier Air Units 1964-73 by Squadron/Signal Pubns; ISBN: 0897472187
This is a volume about Usn Aircraft Carrier Air Units: 1964-73

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(June 1988) 

 
 
US Navy Attack Squadrons 1960-1993 . by Angelo Romano. Osprey; ISBN: 1855324032 . Our Price: £9.99 
Covers the US Navy attack squadrons of the past three decades and the evolution of their distinctive markings, including planes that saw service in Vietnam, the Lebanon, Libya, Iran and Iraq, such as the A-4 Skyhawk, the A-6 Intruder, the A-7 Corsair II and the F/A-18  Hornet. 

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Spiral-bound - 128 pages (8 April, 1996)
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United States Naval Aviation 1910-1995. Published by the Naval Aviation History Branch, Naval Historical Center. Washington Navy Yard. 
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Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons Volume 1. The History of VA, VAH, VAK, VAL, VAP and VFA Squadrons. Published by the Naval Aviation History Branch, Naval Historical Center. Washington Navy Yard. 
Squadron Histories from the book Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons, Volume 1, The History of VA/VAH, VAK, VAL, VAP and VFA Squadrons. Published by the Naval Aviation History Office in 1995

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Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons, Volume 2, The History of VP,
VPB, VP(HL) and VP(AM) Squadrons. Published by the Naval Aviation History Branch, Washington Navy Yard. 
Squadron Histories from the book Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons, Volume 2, The History of VP, VPB, VP(HL) and VP(AM) Squadrons. Published by the Naval Aviation History Office in 2000.

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The Reluctant Raiders: the story of United States Navy Bombing Squadron VB/VPB-109 in world War II. by Alan C Carey. Schiffer Publishing; ISBN: 0764307576. Our Price: £24.95
This is a comprehensive account of a U.S. Navy bombing squadron which served in the Pacific between 1943-45. It often flew lonemissions at altitudes of only 25 to 100 feet and it was the first to use a guided air-to-ground missile. Under the command of Commander "Buzz" Miller and George Hicks, it is credited with sinking or damaging over 100,000 tons of enemy shipping. 

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Hardcover - 237 pages (April 1999) 
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TBF/TBM Avenger Units of World War 2 by Barrett Tillman. Osprey; ISBN: 1855329026. Our Price: £10.39. 
The Grumman Avenger, in service from 1942, meted out severe retribution on the Japanese fleet thanks to a bomb bay large enough to carry the Navy's biggest torpedo. This detailed text presents scale drawings of the plane with crews explaining their experiences in battle in the Pacific.

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Paperback - 96 pages (1999) 
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The Black Sheep: The Definitive Account of Marine Fighting Squadron 214 in World War II. Brce Gamble. Presidio Pr. . ISBN: 089141717.
This is a critical history, but it is fair and balanced.
"Breathes new facts and new life into the Black Sheep". 
Gamble, a retired naval officer, describes the equipment, doctrine, operational conditions and personal relationships that shaped squadron 214 from its creation in 1942 through its Solomons experiences, to its recommissioning and assignment to the carrier Franklin. . . The book provides a squadron history. The squadron, cobbled together in the war's desperate early days, was known as the Swashbucklers and saw combat at Guadalcanal. In the second phase, the group of respectable replacements was assigned the squadron number and made a mighty name as the Black Sheep under Boyington. Version three was a late-war collection of marine pilots that was knocked out of action on its first day in combat by the damage to its carrier, the USS Franklin. A sensitive revision of a controversial legend, this book stands out as one of the best extant squadron histories and as a significant contribution to the literature on air power.

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Paperback - (2000) 
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Marine Fighting Squadron 1-21(Vmf-121) by Thomas E. Doll. Squadron/Signal Pubns; ISBN: 0897473698 . Our Price: $12.95
One of the most famous US Navy fighter squadrons of the Pacific War, the Grim Reapers - Fighter Squadron
10. VF-10's motto was "Mow 'em down". 

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Paperback (October 1996) 
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The Grim Reapers : Fighting Squadron Ten in WW II by Peter B. Mersky. Champlin Fighter Museum Pr; ISBN: 0912173092.  Our Price: $10.95.
One of the most famous US Navy fighter squadrons of the Pacific War, the Grim Reapers - Fighter Squadron
10. VF-10's motto was "Mow 'em down". 

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Paperback (December 1986) 
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"Steady Nerves and Stout Hearts" , by Robert J Cressman, J Michael Wenger. Pictorial Histories Publishing Co; ISBN: 0929521250. Our Price: £9.95 
Unit history examining how Pearl Harbor affected the USS Enterprise's reconnaissance squadron which found itself in Hawaii at the time of the attack in 1941.

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Paperback (October 1995) 
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Jolly Rogers: The Story of Tom Blackburn and the Navy Fighting Squadron Vf-17by Eric Hammel, Tom Blackburn. Pacifica Military History; ISBN: 0935553193
This book is about the daily operations of a fighter squadron. It descibes the career of Tom Blackburn, and where the main part of the book deals with the air war over the Northern Solomon Islands in 1943. Blackburn, in command of a Corsair squadron, was operating out of land bases rather than aboard a carrier. 

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Once They Were Eagles : The Men of the Black Sheep Squadron. by Frank E. Walton. University Press of Kentucky; ISBN: 0813108756. Our Price: £10.98 
The Black Sheep legend, as retold through the eyes of the survivors. This story tells the squadron history of the VMF 214 squadron, provides brief sketches of every member and creates a picture of the Ariel sorties over the South Pacific. The last half of the book is a personal history from each of the survivors, as to what the experience was like, how it
has affected their lives, what they did in post Black Sheep life. 
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Paperback Reprint (June 1996) 
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The Buzzard Brigade: Torpedo Squadron Ten at War. by Stephen L. Moore, Bill Shinneman & Robert Gruebel. Pictorial Histories Publishing Co; ISBN: 1575100118. Our Price: £24.95 
Torpedo Squadron 10 - "The Buzzard Brigade" - saw action at Santa Cruz, Guadalcanal and Truk, as wel as the sinking of the Japanese battleship Yamato. The stories are told largely in the words of the squadron veterans.

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Hardcover (September 1996) 
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"23" Navy Air in Korea . by John L. Newburn 1stBooks Library; ISBN: 1587216639. Our Price: £12.65 
Gives autobiographical insight about the experiences of
the Navy pilot John Newburn and his crew during the Korean War. Life among the pilots, the various turns of the war, the entry of the Chinese, and many of the known and unknown details of the conflict are vividly described.

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Paperback - 276 pages (May 2000) 
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The Disappearance of Flight 19. By Lawrence David Kusche. ASIN:0064640442 
On 5 December 1945, five TBM Avengers comprising Flight 19 (a navigation training hop composed of an instructor, four Naval Aviators undergoing VTB-type advanced training and nine enlisted aircrewmen who, with the exception of one, were all undergoing advanced combat aircrew training in VTB-type aircraft) rose into the sunny sky above NAS Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Turning east the formation headed out over the Atlantic on the first leg of a routine exercise from which neither the 14 men of Flight 19 nor the 13-man crew of a PBM Mariner sent out to search for them were ever to return.

The disappearance of the five Avengers and the PBM sparked one of the largest air and seas searches in history as hundreds of ships and aircraft combed over 200,00 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, while, on land, search parties scoured the interior of Florida on the outside chance that the aircraft might have gone down there undetected. But nothing was ever found. No wreckage, no bodies, nothing. All that remained were the elements of mystery and a mystery it quickly and easily became. Flight 19 "The Lost Patrol" is now the central element of the legend of the infamous "Bermuda Triangle."

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Hardback (1981) 
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Dorling Kindersley Readers - Level 3: Bermuda Triangle.  Andrew Donkin. Dorling Kindersley; ISBN: 0751362662
This is a collection of scary stories intended for Level 3 about the mysterious vanishings of the wartime US naval planes - Flight 19 (The Lost Patrol) and ships with an area of the ocean known as the Bermuda Triange. It is one of a series which has been designed to aid the development of children's reading skills.

In the area between Florida, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico lies the most mysterious expanse of water in the world: the Bermuda Triangle. Over the last 50 years, 1,500 people have disappeared here without a trace, and many more have experienced bizarre and inexplicable incidents. On 5 December 1945, five US Navy TBM Avengers comprising Flight 19 rose into the sunny sky above NAS Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Turning east the formation headed out over the Atlantic on the first leg of a routine exercise from which neither the 14 men of Flight 19 nor the 13-man crew of a PBM Mariner sent out to search for them were ever to return.

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Paperback - 48 pages (16 March,  2000) 
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We Flew Alone - United States Navy B-24 Squadrons in the Pacific February 1943 to September 1944 . by Alan C. Carey. Schiffer Publishing; ISBN:  0764311700. Our Price: £16.95 
Unit history of USN B-24 squadrons in the Pacific. 

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Paperback - 120 pages
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Bonnie-Sue : A Marine Corps Helicopter Squadron in Vietnam . By Marion F. Sturkey. Heritage Press International; ISBN: 0965081427. Our Price: £14.64 
This book was "written" by thousands of exemplary American
Marines who, under difficult circumstances, answered the call of their Country. It tells the true story of the Marine helo drivers, aircrews and grunts in Vietnam . A story that has been too often ignored. 

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Paperback - 510 pages (March 1997) 
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Crommelin's Thunderbirds : Air Group 12 Strikes the Heart of Japan . By  Roy W. Bruce, Charles R. Leonard.Naval Institute Press; ISBN: 1557505098. Our Price: £23.69 
This book is a summary of both a ship and air group at the
end of World War II. It was written by two men who were in Air Group 12 on the USS Randolph.The book takes the reader from the air group 12's training to their time on the Randolph. After the first and second raids on Tokyo and supporting the Iwo Jima invasion

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Hardcover - 228 pages (October 1994) 
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Fighter Squadron 14 Tophatters, by Thomas F Gates, Don Greer (Illustrator), Tom Tullis (Illustrator). Squadron / Signal Publications; ISBN: 0897472977. Our Price: £10.95 
Reference work on the history of US Naval Fighter squadron - the Tophatters. 

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Paperback - 80 pages (June 1993)
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Fighter Country: the F-14 Tomcats of Nas Oceana. by Derek Nelson. Motorbooks International; ISBN: 0879384425. Our Price: £29.95 
Reference work on the history of F-14 squadrons at Naval Air Squadron Oceana. 

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Hardback - (1992)
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U.S. Navy's Strike Warfare Center by Barry D. Smith. Marco Polo Import, Inc.; ISBN: 9623610297
This is the account of the U.S. Navy's Strike Warfare Center.

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Paperback - 64 pages (1992) 

 


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