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cv14 Warship Pictorial
- Warship Pictorial No. 22 -

USS Ticonderoga CV/CVA/CVS-14
Covers the entire history of the big "T",from World war II, thru the Vietnam War, ending with the Apollo and Skylab recovery missions. Many never before printed photographs were copied from archive sources to produce a visual history of this venerable warship.

Each of the books reviewed here were written by men who served on the Big "T" during world war II. You will get a first-hand accurate description of carrier operations on Ticonderoga as well as personal experiences .

Wildcats to Tomcats
The Tailhook Navy

"Wildcats to Tomcats" is authored by three who have been there, and have had every title worth having in Naval Aviation. Zeke Cormier, who flew with VF-80 on the Ticonderoga, Wally Shirra, and Phil Wood .Three of the finest aviators ever to take flight...and all three share their experiences in this amazing book. Every aspect of their glorious and dynamic lives they share! And they don't attempt to paint a rosy picture of the U.S. Navy. All three describe their feats with absolute honesty, no gripes held back.

Autobiography of a World
War Two Tailhooker

The narrative spans several decade in times of both war and peace. It tells of many escapes from death, both before and after becoming a navy flyer with VB-80. I also describe the many close friendships forged early on in flight-training, and aboard several aircraft carriers including USS Ticonderoga while attached to dive bombing squadrons during and following World War Two.

Combat Carriers: And My
Brushes With History

Combat Carriers: And My Brushes with History is Sommers's personal account of making his way through the Second World War, first as a member of Harvard's ROTC program and then as a deck and gunnery ensign aboard the USS Cowpens and USS Ticonderoga
The Hostile Sky

James W. Vernon
Click to read an excerpt
from the book here on site.

A Hellcat Flyer in World War II
JIM VERNON, memoir of his years at war flying F6F Hellcats from the USS Ticonderoga cv14 off of the coast of Japan.

Also recommended...

Hellcat Tales:
A U.S. Navy Fighter Pilot
in World War II

TBF/TBM Avenger
- Walk Around No. 25

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver

Carrier Warfare
in the Pacific:

This book records the exploits of the men who fought in WWII in the air and on the sea, including pilots and air crewmen of carrier squadrons, officers and men of the ship's company, and admirals and their staffs. Compelling personal accounts. I certainly recommend this book to anybody even slightly interested in what life was like during the WW2 Pacific carrier battles.

My Carrier War:
by Norman E. Berg

The Life and Times of a Naval Aviator in WWII
From his days as a Naval aviation cadet aboard the "Yellow Peril" biplane trainer, to his first bombing runs on Guadalcanal, to his life aboard an aircraft carrier in the South Pacific, Norman Berg offers a fast-paced narrative filled with humor and meticulous attention to detail. Much more than a simple WWII memoir, this story goes beyond the action of battle to explore the author's innermost conflicts and chronicles one young couple's wartime struggle to balance love, duty, and commitment
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