Category Archives: Year of the Carrier

1942- The Year of the Aircraft Carrier; Part 13(3) – Guadalcanal -Battle of the Eastern Solomons Conclusions

Blown Slick Series #13 Part 13-3 The Eastern Solomons became the most intensively studied carrier action yet… Despite intensive analysis, the battle as a whole remained a mystery.  Lundstrom Blindman’s Bluff (3) – An Empty Sea After the final near … Continue reading

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1942- The Year of the Aircraft Carrier; Part 13(2) – Guadalcanal -Battle of the Eastern Solomons Continued

Blown Slick Series #13 Part 13-2 To say the least we were in a bad predicament. All of our attack planes were committed on missions with the main enemy force still unlocated and his planes coming in to attack us. … Continue reading

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1942- The Year of the Aircraft Carrier; Part 13 – Guadalcanal – Battle of the Eastern Solomons

Blown Slick Series #13 Part 13-1 Thus begins the day of 23 August, 1942 – Battle of the Eastern Solomons [24–25 August 1942] At breakfast Fletcher read a special Cincpac Ultra message advising that the “Orange striking force” of two Shokaku-class … Continue reading

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1942- The Year of the Aircraft Carrier; Part 12 (4) – Guadalcanal, From the Start, A New and Different Context; Cactus

Blown Slick Series #13 Part 12-4  “…the only place on Earth where you could stand up to your knees in mud and still get dust in your eyes.” Marion Carl First Marine Ace by Roy Grinnell. Capt. Marion Carl over Henderson … Continue reading

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1942- The Year of the Aircraft Carrier; Part 12 (3) – Guadalcanal, From the Start, A New and Different Context; CV Withdrawal

Blown Slick Series #13 Part 12-3 “It is true, Marines will take a pounding until their own air gets established (about ten days or so), but they can dig in, hole up, and wait. Extra losses are a localized operation. … Continue reading

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1942- The Year of the Aircraft Carrier; Part 12 (2) – Guadalcanal, From the Start, A New and Different Context; Problems

 Blown Slick Series #13 Part 12-2 It was one thing to defend Midway operating in open ocean; being closely tied to the geography of the island and surrounding waters to provide air support was a whole other thing. With intelligence … Continue reading

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1942- The Year of the Aircraft Carrier; Part 12 (1) – Guadalcanal, From the Start, A New and Different Context; First Day Overview

RS Note: With the close of Chapter 2 of the Testimony of Pilot series, this posts continues with the 1942- The Year of the Aircraft Carrier series picking up with the story of the initial attack on Guadalcanal 7-8 August, 1942. Given the … Continue reading

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1942- The Year of the Aircraft Carrier; (Part 11+) – “Why Is China’s Navy Studying the Battle of Guadalcanal?”

Blown Slick Series #13 Part 11+ The National Interest magazine recently published Why Is China’s Navy Studying the Battle of Guadalcanal? by Lyle J. Goldstein a research professor in the China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI) at the United States Naval War College … Continue reading

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1942- The Year of the Aircraft Carrier; Part 11 – Guadalcanal – Admin

Blown Slick Series #13 Part 11 Between the lines The haste in putting Operation Watchtower together would prove problematic on many levels not the least of which was that this tasking was completely new – none of the commanders knew … Continue reading

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1942- The Year of the Aircraft Carrier; Part 10 – Guadalcanal Campaign Major Events Overview

Blown Slick Series #13 Part 10 Watchtower Guadalcanal is no longer merely a name of an island in Japanese military history. It is the name of the graveyard of the Japanese army. —Major General Kiyotake Kawaguchi, IJA Commander, 35th Infantry Brigade … Continue reading

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