The Skull & Crossbones Squadron: VF-17 in World War II (Schiffer Book for Woodturners)

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This is the true story of one of the most successful of all United States Navy Fighting
Squadrons in World War II. 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
seventeen 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 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 were known as the "Skull and Crossbones Squadron" and "Blackburn's
Irregulars" - having adopted the old pirates ensign of the  Jolly Roger as the squadron
insignia, since World War II they have become known as the "Jolly Rogers."
VF-17 were originally part of Air Group 17 on the new "Essex class" carrier Bunker
Hill and on the way to the Pacific VF-17 received orders that upon arrival in Pearl
Harbor they were to be detached and operated as a land-based squadron in the
Solomon Islands.
The Skull and Crossbones Squadron is a mission by mission chronicle of all the
squadron's great air battles. Also included are more than 350 photographs and a
detailed appendices listing all squadron aces, every confirmed victory and war diary.

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This highly detailed, heavily illustrated account of the adventures of VF-17, the Skull & Crossbones squadron of WWII fame has drawn many accolades from surviving squadron members. VF-17 which flew one of the early versions of the F4U Corsair is known for its impressive record in the Solomon's where its pilots racked up some 152 aerial kills in 76 days of combat. Starting with the formation of the squadron in January 1943 and proceeding through the end of the squadron's second tour in March 1944, the book is loaded with interviews, anecdotes and information from official records that provide a complete battle-by-battle chronicle of this colorful combat unit which produced 13 aces, including skipper John T. "Tom" Blackburn with 11 kills and Ira C. "Ike" Kepford with 16. It also has one chapter with biographies of many of the squadron members and commentary on squadron life.
A fine tribute to one of Naval Aviation's best known and highly accomplished combat squadrons of WWII.
Dick Knott
Wings of Gold Review
Association of Naval Aviation Fall 1998

About the Author:

Although Lee Cook is English. He is the foremost authority on the illustrious United States Navy Corsair fighter unit, VF-17 "the Skull and Crossbones Squadron."
Initial contact with Skipper, Lieutenant Commander Tom Blackburn in 1993, led Lee to an unending journey of discovery about the squadron's record breaking achievements in the Solomon Islands in World War II. Although Tom Blackburn died prior to the next reunion, the seed was planted, and Lee was invited to the VF-17 reunion at Oshkosh in 1994. There he met the surviving members of "Fighting 17." It was at this reunion that Lee was challenged to write a book about the squadron's phenomenal success in the Pacific Area of operations where they excelled in shooting down the much vaunted Japanese Zero.
In the subsequent five years despite working full time, and in addition to being a Professional Boxing Referee, Lee dedicated himself and meticulously researched primarily by letter, tape and phone, along with further trips to reunions in the United States. All this without the benefit of the internet.
The challenge to write the book was finally met in 1998 with the publication of the definitive history of the escadrille, "The Skull and Crossbones Squadron-VF-17 in World War II."
Lee's research has continued over many years and his perseverance has been rewarded with two further books, "Fighting 17 a Photographic History of VF-17 in World War II" and "The Aces of Fighting 17-VF-17's Top Guns in World War II," both published 2011.
Lee has also written articles and lectured on Fighting 17 and his writing and research on this record breaking and exceptional squadron is now in its twenty first year and still continues.
He lives with his partner Michele in Cambridgeshire, England.

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Descrizione libro Schiffer Publishing Ltd, United States, 1998. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. This is the true story of one of the most successful of all United States Navy Fighting Squadrons in World War II. 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 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 were known as the Skull and Crossbones squadron and Blackburns Irregulars having adopted the old pirates ensign of the Jolly Roger as the squadron insignia; since World War II they have become known as the Jolly Rogers. The Skull and Crossbones Squadron is a mission by mission chronicle of all the squadrons great air battles. Also included are more than 350 photographs and detailed appendices listing all squadron aces, every confirmed victory and war diary. Codice libro della libreria AAG9780764304750

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Descrizione libro Schiffer Publishing Ltd, United States, 1998. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. This is the true story of one of the most successful of all United States Navy Fighting Squadrons in World War II. 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 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 were known as the Skull and Crossbones squadron and Blackburns Irregulars having adopted the old pirates ensign of the Jolly Roger as the squadron insignia; since World War II they have become known as the Jolly Rogers. The Skull and Crossbones Squadron is a mission by mission chronicle of all the squadrons great air battles. Also included are more than 350 photographs and detailed appendices listing all squadron aces, every confirmed victory and war diary. Codice libro della libreria AAG9780764304750

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Descrizione libro Schiffer Publishing Ltd. Hardback. Condizione libro: new. BRAND NEW, The Skull and Cross Bones Squadron: VF-17 in World War II, Lee Cook, This is the true story of one of the most successful of all United States Navy Fighting Squadrons in World War II. 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 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 were known as the Skull and Crossbones squadron and Blackburns Irregulars having adopted the old pirates ensign of the Jolly Roger as the squadron insignia; since World War II they have become known as the Jolly Rogers. The Skull and Crossbones Squadron is a mission by mission chronicle of all the squadrons great air battles. Also included are more than 350 photographs and detailed appendices listing all squadron aces, every confirmed victory and war diary. Codice libro della libreria B9780764304750

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