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A Marine Night-Fighter Pilot in World War II 
Porter & Hammel. 

Through Bruce Porter's  writing, you'll live the challenges, frustrations, and triumphs of training, of victories in  a Corsair in the Solomons, and of achieving ace status as a night fighter at Okinawa. A fabulous Marine combat story with an introduction by "Pappy" Boyington. 280 pgs., 20 photos, 6"x 9".


VICTORY ROLL                                                                                           


The American Fighter Pilot and Aircraft in World War II. William Wolf. This is the story of America's "best and brightest," from the early-war young men who were hastily trained and flying inferior aircraft such as the P-39, F2A and F4F, to the well-trained, late-war pilots in their F4Us, F6Fs, P-47s, P-38s and finally, P-51s. You'll learn the key role this generation of young Americans played before they took their place in American society and industry. 456 pgs., 670+ B&W photos, 8½"x 11". 


Corsair : The F4U in World War II and Korea                                         

by Barrett Tillman 
Hardcover - 219 pages (November 1979) 

Tillman, Barrett. Vought F4U Corsair. Warbird Tech Series, Vol. 4. North Branch, Minnesota: Speciality Press, 1996. ISBN 0-933424-67-1.


Short Straw, Memoirs of Korea                                                               
by Captain Bernard Peterson
Hard Cover


Briney to the Blue, Memoirs of WW2                                                      

by Captain Bernard W. Peterson


Duels in the Sky : World War II Naval Aircraft in Combat                    

by Eric M., Captain Brown 
Hardcover - 222 pages (December 1988)

Author pits each combat  aircraft against each adversary, calling the probable winner of such contests.  Examples: Zeke vs F6F, Corsair, Wildcat, Buffalo, or Avenger. Combatants in Atlantic  and Pacific theaters are grouped according to major battle with dogfights analyzed. The theoretical vs. the actual. Makes very interesting reading. 84 photos, drawings,  223 pgs., 7"x 10¼".


F-4U Corsair                                                                                               

by Nicholas A. Veronico, John M. Campbell (Contributor), Donna Campbell (Contributor) 
Paperback - 144 pages (March 1994)  


Marine Fighting Squadron 121                                                               

VMF-121 was established in June, 1941 and deployed to Guadalcanal in October, 1942, flying the Grumman F4F-Wildcat. The unit later converted to the F4U Corsair  and remained in combat until the end of the war. One of the Marine’s highest scoring  aces, Joe Foss, flew with VMF-121. The squadron had a total of fourteen aces on its  roles. Over 150 photos, 8 pages of color, 80 pgs., 8½"x 11".


The Corsair Years                                                                                     

"With a vivid memory, Captain Andrew Jones recreates his World War II experience as a Marine pilot of the legendary F4U. His story of one man's war, told with verve and skill, is an eloquent testimony. His book should find a well deserved  place in the annals of the Pacific Campaign." - James A. Michener. 176 pgs., 35 B&W photos, 6" x 9".


U.S. Navy Fighters of WWII                                                                     
Tillman & Lawson. 

Take to the war-torn skies over the Pacific in the cockpits of Grumman Wildcats and Hellcats, F4U Corsairs, Bearcats and Tigercats. Rare original  color photos from the era and a historically exacting text depict these legendary  aircraft and their squadrons as they attempt to impede the encroaching Japanese  Imperial Navy. Included are a naval air battle history and a listing of today’s surviving warbirds. 96 pgs., 85 color illustrations, 8¼"x 9", sfbd.


Corsairs and Flattops                                                                              

Marine Carrier Air Warfare 1944-1945 

This little known part of the Pacific war is detailed in readable historical perspective. Based on extensive records and personal experiences, traces the training and deployment of eighteen Corsair  squadrons in 1944 and 1945 as the fighters engaged the enemy in dogfights, shipping  attacks and strikes at the heartland of the islands. These brave men pioneered the way to the modern close-air units stationed aboard carriers in the Persian Gulf and  elsewhere. Illustrated 160 pgs., 6"x 9".


Chance Vought F-4U Corsair                                                                 

Out of print but is still available used


F4U Corsair at war                                                                                  

by Richard Abrams 

Abrams, Richard. F4U Corsair at War. London: Ian Allan Ltd., 1977. ISBN 0-7110-0766-7.


MiG Alley                                                                                                  

Larry Davis. 

This pictorial review of the Korean air war shows them all: F-51  Mustangs and F4U Corsairs, the new jets like the F-80, F-84, F-86 and T-33, even the attack aircraft and bombers such as the B-26 and B-29 are here. If you want to see the aircraft of Korea, this is the book for you! Includes 140 B&W photos, 36 color profiles, maps, squadron markings and more. 80 pgs., 8½"x 11".


Fighters over Korea                                                                              


Mustang, Starfire, Shooting Star, Sabre Tigercat, Panther, Corsair,
Banshee, Thunderjet
by Warren E. Thompson 

Out of print but is still available used



Pratt & Whitney's Dependable Masterpiece. 
Graham White.

During WWII, Pratt and  Whitney's R-2800 18-cylinder radial, the "Double Wasp," was used exclusively for  fighters and medium bombers such as the P-47, the F6F Hellcat, the F4U Corsair, and  the B-26 and A-26 twin-engine mediums. Post-war, its reliability commended its use  for long-range patrol planes and for the DC-6, Martin 404, and Convair transports. This is the story of the engine that helped lead a nation to victory in war, and of the  men and women who made it all possible. 726 pgs., 8½"x 11".


An 01-45Hd-1 Pilot's Handbook Navy Models F4U-5, -5N, -5Nl, -5P Aircraft 

Paperback (August 1995) 

A reprint of the official pilot's manual for the later-model Corsairs. Large and detailed with all the photos and diagrams, you'll be ready for flight training after reading this! 112 pgs., 8½"x 11". 


Baa Baa Black Sheep                                                                           

by Gregory Boyington, Pappy Boyington 
Mass Market Paperback Reissue edition (November 1990)


The Black Sheep                                                                                   


The Definitive Account of Marine Fighting Squadron 214 in World War II 
by Bruce D. Gamble 
Hardcover - 496 pages (July 1998) 


Once They Were Eagles                                                                      


The Men of the Black Sheep Squadron by Frank E. Walton 
Paperback Reprint edition (July 1996) 


Aces Against Japan                                                                            


The American Aces Speak 
by Eric M. Hammel 
Mass Market Paperback Reprint edition (September 1995) 


Book Description 
Heaven Belonged to God. The Sky Belonged to America's Aces. 


From the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, to the last dogfight over Kyushu on July 2, 1945,  America's fighter aces blasted their way across the skies of the Pacific and East Asia -- hurling their Warhawks and Wildcats, Lightnings and Thunderbolts, Mustangs and Corsairs -- against the best enemy ever sent aloft. Now, in their own words, forty American eagles vividly recreate the terror, exhilaration, and ultimate triumph of   their crusade for airborne supremacy. 


Stalk the air with 1st Lt. Jack Jones in his P-400, as he employs his bird-hunter instinct in the pursuit and destruction of the deadly metallic vultures of the enemy. Race with 1st Lt. Jim Swett as his F4F scores an  unprecedented seven kills and earns him the Medal of Honor. Ride with Ensign Wendell Twelves on his first  engagement in his Hellcat as he rescues stranded American airmen from the Pacific below -- and marauding Zeros above.  


America's Hundred Thousand                                                       
U.S. Production Fighters of WWII 

Covers in detail the eleven fighter typers  produced during WWII. P-40, P-39, P-38, P-47, P-51, Corsair, Hellcat, Wildcat and others. Includes development, production, combat records, comparative records with  a chronology of combat, and more. 608 pgs., 1000 photos, 8½"x 11", hdbd.America's Hundred Thousand  U.S. Production Fighters of WWII Dean. Covers in detail the eleven fighter typers produced during WWII. P-40, P-39, P-38, P-47, P-51, Corsair, Hellcat, Wildcat and others. Includes development, production, combat records, comparative records with a chronology of combat, and more. 608 pgs., 1000 photos, 8½"x 11".


Picture History of WWII                                                                   
American Aircraft Production

A war time tour of restricted aircraft plants. Consists of 258 large, crisp photos taken inside U.S. aircraft plants during the war. You name it, see it being assembled: P-38s, Hellcats, B-17s, Corsairs, etc. 179 pgs., 8¾"x 11¾".


Black Sheep                                                                                     


The Definitive Account of Marine Fighting Squadron 214 in World War II 
by Bruce D. Gamble 
Hardcover - 496 pages (July 1998) 

Bowman, Martin W. Vought F4U Corsair . Marlborough, UK: The Crowood Press Ltd., 2002. ISBN 1-86126-492-5.

Condon, John Pomeroy. Corsairs and Flattops: Marine Carrier Warfare, 1944–1945. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1998. ISBN 1-55750-127-0.

Green, William. "Vought F4U-1, F4U-4 (FG-1 Corsair)". War Planes of the Second World War, Volume Four: Fighters. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, 1973, pp. 188–194. ISBN 0-385-03259-5.

Green, William and Gordon Swanborough. "Chance Vought F4U Corsair". WW2 Aircraft Fact Files: U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Fighters. London: Macdonald and Jane's Publishers Ltd., 1976, pp. 16–29. ISBN 0-356-08222-9.

Guyton, Boone T. Whistling Death: The Test Pilot's Story of the F4U Corsair. Atglen, Pennsylvania: Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 1996. ISBN 0-88740-732-3.

Johnsen, Frederick A. F4U Corsair. New York: Crown Publishers, 1983. ISBN 0-517-55007-5.

Kinzey, Bert. F4U Corsair Part 2: F4U-4 Through F4U-7: Detail and Scale Vol 56. Carrolton, Texas: Squadron Signal Publications, 1998. ISBN 1-888974-09-5.

Maloney, Edward T. and Uwe Feist. Chance Vought F4U Corsair, Vol. 11. Fallbrook, California: Aero Publishers, Inc., 1967. ISBN 0-8168-0540-7.

Moran, Gerard P., Aeroplanes Vought, 1917–1977. Terre Haute, Indiana: Aviation Heritage Books, Sunshine House, Inc., 1978. ISBN 0-911852-83-2.

Musciano, Walter A. Corsair Aces: The Bent-wing Bird Over the Pacific. New York: Arco Publishing Company, Inc., 1979. ISBN 0-668-04597-3.

Núñez, Padin and Jorge Félix. Vought F4U-5,-5N & 5NL Corsair (serie Aeronaval Nro.18) (in Spanish). Buenos Aires, Argentina: Museo de la Aviacón Naval, Instituto Aeronaval, 2004. 

Pautigny, Bruno (translated from the French by Alan McKay). Corsair: 30 Years of Filibustering 1940–1970. Paris: Histoire & Collections, 2003. ISBN 2-913903-28-2.

Pilots Manual for F4U Corsair. Appleton, Wisconsin: Aviation Publications, 1977 (reprint). ISBN 0-87994-026-3.

Russell, Warren P. Chance Vought F4U-1/F4U-1D and Goodyear FG-1D Corsair: NZPAF, RNZAF Aircraft colour schemes. Invercargill, New Zealand: New Zealand Aero Products, 1984. ISBN 0-473-00245-0 .

Styling, Mark. Corsair Aces of World War 2 (Osprey Aircraft of the Aces No 8). London: Osprey Publishing, 1995. ISBN 1-85532-530-6.

Sullivan, Jim. F4U Corsair in action. Carrollton, TX: Squadron/Signal Publications, 1977. ISBN 0-89747-028-1.  

Thompson, Warren. F4U Corsair Units of the Korean War: Osprey Combat Aircraft 78. Botley, Oxford UK: Osprey Publishing, 2009. ISBN 978-1-84603-411-4.

Tillman, Barrett. Corsair — The F4U in World War II and Korea. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1979. ISBN 1-55750-994-8.

Veronico, Nick and John M. and Donna Campbell. F4U Corsair. St. Paul, Minnesota: Motorbooks International, 1994. ISBN 0-87938-854-4.

Wilson, Randy. "From Bent-winged Bird to Whistling Death." The Dispatch. Midland, Texas: Confederate Air Force, 1996.

James D'Angina , Adam Tooby , "Vought F4U Corsair" ,Osprey Publishing Ltd , 2014,  ISBN : 978 1 78200 626 8

WIKIPEDIA  - The free encyclopedia  -  Vought F4U Corsair.

Adam Jarski , Maciej Zywczyk with F4U-1,-4 Corsair ,  AJ Press in Poland, ISBN : 978-83-7237-204-8 , 2009

Thomasz Szlagor , Leszek A. Wieliczko , Vought F4U Corsair , Vol. 1 ,  - first edition , 2013 , ISBN 978-83-62878-73-4

Thomasz Szlagor , Leszek A. Wieliczko , Vought F4U Corsair , Vol. 1 ,  - first edition , 2014 , ISBN 978-83-64596-08-7

Ralph Harvey , Developi,g the Gull-Winged F4U Corsair and taking it to sea , USA , 2012 , ISBN -10: 1469991225 , ISBN-13: 9781469991221

Charles Stafrace , Vought F4U Corsair , Warpaint Series no 70.

Aviation Classics, Issue 12 , The Complete Story of Chance Vought's Bent Wing Bird from inside and out 2011, ISBN No 978-1-906167-59-2.

Bruno Pautigny, CORSAIR   30 years of piracy , Histoire & Collections, 2012,  ISBN 978-2-35250-216-6.


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