Operation Chowhound: The Most Risky, Most Glorious US Bomber by Stephen Dando-Collins

By Stephen Dando-Collins

Starting with a loopy plan hatched via a suspect prince, and a good crazier reliance at the be aware of the Nazis, Operation Chowhound was once devised. among might 1 and will eight, 1945, 2,268 army devices flown by way of the USAAF, dropped meals to 3.5 million ravenous Dutch civilians in German-occupied Holland.

It took uncooked braveness to fly on Operation Chowhound, as American aircrews by no means knew while the German AAA may open hearth on them or if Luftwaffe opponents may well bounce them. Flying at four hundred ft, slightly above the tree tops, with weapons pointed without delay at them, they might haven't any likelihood to bail out if their B-17s have been hit—and but, over 8 days, 120,000 German troops saved their notice, and not fired at the American bombers. As they flew, thankful Dutch civilians spelled out "Thanks Boys" within the tulip fields lower than. Many american citizens who flew in Operation Chowhound might declare it was once the easiest factor they did within the war.

In this gripping narrative, writer Stephen Dando-Collins takes the reader into the rooms the place Operation Chowhound used to be born, into the airplane flying the undertaking, and onto the floor within the Netherlands with the civilians who so desperately wanted aid. James Bond writer Ian Fleming, Hollywood actress Audrey Hepburn, in addition to Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and Churchill all play an element during this tale, making a compelling, narrative learn.

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On November 13, Yamamoto gathered the commanders of the Combined Fleet at Iwakuni air base to discuss a concrete plan to attack Pearl Harbor. On November 17, Yamamoto advised Navy officers of the plan to 38 Pearl Harbor Japanese Navy Type 99 Carrier Bombers ("Val") prepare to take off from an aircraft carrier during the morning of December 7, 1941. The ship in the background is the carrier Soryu. (US Navy) attack Pearl Harbor. Their response was generally one of excitement. One officer wrote in his diary that "It has been 20 years since the Navy signed the humiliating Washington Naval Treaty.

In spring 1940, he observed naval air grand maneuvers, which convinced him of their superiority to battleships and gave him the idea for an air raid on Hawaii. He immediately proposed this idea to Chief of Staff Vice-Admiral Shigeru Fukutome who wholeheartedly endorsed it. 8 In January 1941, Yamamoto tried 32 Pearl Harbor to urge the Navy Minister to reconsider the principle of big ships and big guns, and abandon the old dogma for a new focus on air power. Was it a coincidence that both Inoue and Yamamoto suggested their new idea to the Navy Minister in January 1941?

This triumph provided not only a legacy but also a naval doctrine for the IJN, known as Taikan Kyohosyugi, the principles of big ships and big guns. 3 The IJN's operational plan was dominated by Tsushima, which focused on a counterattack against an enemy fleet off the Japanese mainland. OPPOSITE Sailors in a motor launch rescue a survivor from the water alongside the sunken USS West Virginia during or shortly after the Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor. USS Tennessee is inboard of the sunken battleship.

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