James Swett - Wildcat Ace

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    I saw that episode! Great fighter pilot
     
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    Off topic, just curious, how far away from N.Y. do you live?
     
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    WOW. 7 kills in one mission.
     
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    Certainly a remarkable record but also certainly helped by the rigidity of the Japanese doctrine on formation. Still going back into combat with a hole in your wing is dedication. :salute:
     
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    A painting of Swetts's Wildcat during the dogfight and entitled 'The Unlucky Eight' by Stan Stokes graces the cover of the book entitled 'Flying Aces' (below). A lovely book full of incredible aviation artwork by various artists, it is highly recommended.

    As an aside the oiler seen coming into the picture at left as she attempts to escape is the USS Kanawha, AO1, Americas first fleet oiler, which was sunk off Tulagi by the Japanese aerial attack the same day Swett scored his seven victories.
     

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    thx Walter!
     
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    On a slight tangent, you should also check out Bomber Missions: Aviation Art of World War II. Its just like the Flying Aces one but is about the bomber war. Great pictures. There is also a third book about the carrier war but i don't own it
     
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    I recently bought a book called "Aviation Art of WWII" which is divided in three chapters, "Flying Aces" which features painting of famous aces and their personal stories, "Bombing Missions" which features bold bombing missions in the ETO and PTO and "Carrier War" which features famous naval battles in the Pacific; I really liked the book and I highly recommend it.
     
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    Something worth looking into then it sounds like....thanks mate!
     
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    I just got that book myself. The missus picked it up for me for the holidays. There are some great works in there. :thumbleft:
     
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