U.S. Aircraft Carriers 1939–45

Ingo Bauernfeind

A detailed and fully illustrated account of United States aircraft carriers during World War II.
Date Published :
August 2021
Publisher :
Series :
Casemate Illustrated Special
Illustration :
Over 200 photos, diagrams and illustrations
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781612009346
Pages : 240
Dimensions : 10 X 8 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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A comprehensive account of the development of American aircraft carriers up to and during World War II.

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.

About The Author

Ingo Bauernfeind studied military and naval history, visual communication, and documentary film at Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu. Ingo has completed 30 books about naval, military, and aviation history and has directed or co-produced award-winning documentaries in cooperation with German and American TV network, including films about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the Pacific War. In addition, Ingo has been producing interactive museum guides for history and naval museums in Pearl Harbor and in Germany.


"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

"...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."

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"...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."

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