The Skull & Cross Bones Squadron Book

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This is the true story of one of the most successful of all USN Fighting Squadrons in WWII.

This is the true story of one of the most successful of all USN Fighting Squadrons in WWII. They were the top guns of their day and came to be feared by the Japanese fighter pilots who described them as "attacks on us by wolves." Their victorious achievements are as follows: 152 Japanese planes destroyed in the air and two on the ground in only 76 days of combat; five small enemy cargo ships and 17 barges carrying troops and supplies sent to the bottom of the sea. No bomber escorted by them was lost to enemy aircraft and no ship covered by them was ever hit by a bomb or aerial torpedo. The squadron had thirteen aces and two more who later went on to become aces with VF-84 (combat veterans of VF-17 composed the nucleus of this squadron). They were the first Navy squadron into combat action with the new Chance Vought Corsair and were instrumental in proving this powerful new fighter to the Navy. VF-17 was known as the Skull and Cross Bones squadron and "Blackburn's Irregulars" - having adopted the old pirate's ensign of the Jolly Roger as the squadron insignia; since WWII they have become known as the Jolly Rogers. The Skull and Cross Bones Squadron is a mission by mission chronicle of all the squadron's great air battles. Also included are more than 350 color & b/w photographs and detailed appendices listing all squadron aces, every confirmed victory and war diary. Hardbound, approx. 239 pages.

This is the true story of one of the most successful of all USN Fighting Squadrons in WWII. They were the top guns of their day and came to be feared by the Japanese fighter pilots who described them as "attacks on us by wolves." Their victorious achievements are as follows: 152 Japanese planes destroyed in the air and two on the ground in only 76 days of combat; five small enemy cargo ships and 17 barges carrying troops and supplies sent to the bottom of the sea. No bomber escorted by them was lost to enemy aircraft and no ship covered by them was ever hit by a bomb or aerial torpedo. The squadron had thirteen aces and two more who later went on to become aces with VF-84 (combat veterans of VF-17 composed the nucleus of this squadron). They were the first Navy squadron into combat action with the new Chance Vought Corsair and were instrumental in proving this powerful new fighter to the Navy. VF-17 was known as the Skull and Cross Bones squadron and "Blackburn's Irregulars" - having adopted the old pirate's ensign of the Jolly Roger as the squadron insignia; since WWII they have become known as the Jolly Rogers. The Skull and Cross Bones Squadron is a mission by mission chronicle of all the squadron's great air battles. Also included are more than 350 color & b/w photographs and detailed appendices listing all squadron aces, every confirmed victory and war diary. Hardbound, approx. 239 pages.

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