This extensively illustrated volume tells the dramatic yet successful story of US aircraft carriers in World War II by class, ranging from early pre-war designs to escort carriers built from destroyer hulls, to the gigantic fleet carriers serving as the predecessors of modern-day super carriers.
Besides covering the famous great carrier battles in the Pacific, this book also tells of the equally important actions of US flat tops hunting and destroying German U-boats in the Atlantic, making an enormous contribution to the elimination of the U-boat dangers and the safe arrival of transatlantic supplies, so desperately needed for the launch of D-Day.
Including profiles and explanatory text boxes, the concise text gives a clear overview of each ship’s career, its fate and its significance in American naval history. Moreover, the reader learns about the technical evolution of US carriers throughout the war, and the various aircraft launched from these magnificent vessels to engage their Japanese or German foes. This volume provides an overview of preserved World War II flat tops serving as floating museums for future generations as well as a dive to the sunken USS Saratoga at Bikini Atoll.
"Bauernfeind brings to the reader a fitting conclusion to a superb historical portrait of these capital warships that carried naval aviation to victory in World War II. This is an exemplary work and is recommended as an introductory reference for readers not already steeped in World War II ship history." ~Air Power History
"Make this convenient compendium your launchpad for further study of American WWII carriers." ~Cybermodeler
"As with the other volumes in the series, you get a nice overall summary of the topic in hand, lots of photos, and a nice reference for your diorama or modeling" ~Historical Miniatures Gaming Society
"...the author has taken so much important information and put it all together in such a highly organized, logical, and easy to read format..." ~IPMS/USA
"...one of the thickest volumes in Casemate's Illustrated Special series and makes for a great read and equally welcome reference. Highly recommended to all." ~ModelingMadness.Com
"...the coverage of the CVEs and CVLs, coupled with the book’s first-rate graphics, profuse and precisely captioned photographs, well-written text, and reasonable price make it a very good choice for readers looking for an overview of U.S. carriers in World War II." ~Naval Historical Foundation
"...the book does a nice job of providing a general look at U.S. Navy World War II carrier operations. The photos are clear and sharp and the technical drawings are very good." ~PowerShips
"This attractive book covers all of the fleet carriers, light carriers and escort carriers that served in the U.S Navy during World War II." ~Seapower
"...a truly awesome piece of reference work, and one that will surely fill the bill for any WWII aviation enthusiast/modeler that has a passion for US Carrier fighters, torpedo planes and dive bombers from the WWII time-frame, as well as (of course), WWII US Aircraft Carriers themselves." ~Large Scale Planes
"This extensively illustrated volume tells the dramatic yet successful story of US aircraft carriers in World War II by class, ranging from early pre-war designs to escort carriers built from destroyer hulls, to the gigantic fleet carriers serving as the predecessors of modern-day super carriers." ~NavyBooks
"…this excellent 'one-stop shop' for everything relating to the US Navy’s carriers of the Pacific War will earn its keep over time, offering a good potted history of that conflict and, invaluably, individual histories of the flat-tops of the 1939–45 period." ~The Aviation Historian Magazine
"I have long been interested in aircraft carriers and this has been one of the most interesting books, at a reasonable price, that I can think of." ~Military Model Scene
"...an engaging read with many excellent accompanying photographs and colour artwork. […] If you like Carriers, you will undoubtedly enjoy this book." ~Wargames Illustrated