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Maybe over north welcomed the war stories -- at the national museum of naval aviation in Pensacola Florida.
And this is the chance watt -- for you of course there.
Fighter flow might be enough to fourteen.
Famous marine squadron known as the black sheep.
Ford any Ford days between September of 1943.
In general reporting for the -- -- the black -- used this aircraft.
The drive Japanese zeros from the skies over the south there's.
There colorful exploits -- in ministers called.
Bob Bob Black -- starring Robert Conrad is major Gregory happy boy.
-- -- brought renewed attention to an already legendary combat.
But as you're about to discover the only real things -- -- the name of the squadron.
And of course say here that they flew.
And the bloody battle for Guadalcanal in late 1942.
And early 43 mark the beginning of a new strategy for allied forces in the Pacific.
The Guadalcanal campaign was originally -- defensive -- To secure Australia.
With a stunning defeat of Japanese forces there a bold new war plan begin to develop.
And the key to its success and right through the Japanese stronghold of pro ball on the island of New Britain.
This is where the first offensive is really getting going.
For the war historian Bruce Campbell is the author of black -- -- a biography of happy blowing -- ball stood in the way of everything.
And -- ball could be neutralized.
Or somehow -- game.
That Pacific was closed after his famous Seychelles -- speech in 19:42.
Southwest Pacific area commander Douglas MacArthur.
Was determined to take toward -- Tokyo -- the Philippines.
Naval strategist argued for a drive through the central Pacific.
You may of 1943.
The joint chiefs decided on a compromise.
Macarthur's forces would advance to New Guinea.
The navy under admiral Chester Nimitz was begin a westward push.
-- admiral William bull Halsey in charge of an island hopping campaign.
Through the solomons you can say that the -- out west first step on the -- Tokyo.
-- like in the solomons to a letter -- -- being under the wrong closer to Tokyo.
He vowed to change the name of the -- top front -- ball to rubble.
The -- fortress was heavily defended by nearly a 100000 Japanese troops.
And some 600 aircraft spread over five year.
Destroying it wouldn't be -- For the first six months of the war the Mitsubishi 867 -- and we're zero fighter.
-- the skies over the Pacific.
Rick Klein like an Angel and was very nimble that most speeds the lower speed to better.
So it could basically turn on a dime -- there was battle tested over China more than a year before the first -- and appeared at Pearl Harbor.
It proved to be a lethal -- Patient got killed when I'm.
Over their face before.
Are -- there squad.
Tactical -- 42 year old first lieutenant Jack bolts -- for zero the Russell islands in September of 43 and quickly learned the dog fighting one on one in close quarters.
Rarely ended well.
They would say you're getting -- that shooting position.
And they would breakaway.
We didn't follow we never did.
It was -- Japanese pilots favor the defensive technique called the -- Bruce circle sometimes to be a whole mess of things just.
Make -- big -- and X.
Person protected the other person's career plus or -- a -- is a third generation Japanese American.
The leading authority and Japanese fighter pilots in the plane tried to come in attacking and he'd be attacked him.
The guy behind the very thing that made this -- so.
Soon proved to be it's downfall.
At the beginning -- pilots were asked if he wanted armor protection in the arm and said no.
Didn't want any extra weight in fact a lot of them to minimize weight it would actually given to the radio equipment and all sorts of unnecessary things in the cockpit typical Japanese pilot to Laura parachute to harness and carried -- -- -- don't.
Attacked and -- -- flight harness that was called the suicide -- And after the Japanese pilots to be captured him for a great to disgrace and -- dishonor so.
-- themselves to avoid getting captured.
Until early 1943 the only allied aircraft to successfully -- the 01 on one was the Lockheed 38 lightning.
That was about to change.
Plenty -- doctor Harrington and let him -- him about.
February 43 the first -- for you corsairs begin arriving in the south.
This flying hot -- nicknamed hard -- for its massive -- Colin.
Was powered by 2000 horsepower supercharged -- -- They've had an engine almost -- the -- -- zero originally developed for navy carrier duty but the chance what aircraft company in Bridgeport Connecticut.
Oil coolers in the course is distinctive bulge shaped -- made a whisk.
Things sound in the -- earning the nickname whistling death when you look back it was investor.
-- -- -- no question about it and I saw almost everything in the nineties had 45 year old first lieutenant Henry Hank McCartney -- Long Island New York.
And 22 year old first lieutenant -- boo boos while from New Orleans for his -- the -- say nearly -- canal scarcer it was the -- that.
That really I -- -- didn't feel as part of.
650 caliber machine guns in the -- the course it was also federal.
-- -- Ranks around the clock we do we do play zero admiral Halsey knew it too.
A little landing gear problem caused the plane to -- -- carrier qualifications.
The Marines inherited.
Now holes into the wake up in the battle to -- defending revolved but he also needed violence in the commanding officer to lead them to victory.
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