Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

Articles on World War II Naval Aviation 

The following collection of articles was published in the magazine Naval Aviation News to commemorate the 50th anniversary of World War II. Articles are generally organized chronologically.

  1. Ready to Mobilize, Part 1 (PDF, 1.1 MB)
  2. Ready to Mobilize, Part 2: Victory Winning Team (PDF, 1.3 MB)
  3. Ready or Not...Naval Aviation's Aircraft and Ships on the Eve of Pearl Harbor (PDF, 1.7 MB)
  4. The Neutrality Patrol: To Keep Us Out of World War II, Part 1 (PDF, 1.8 MB)
  5. The Neutrality Patrol: To Keep Us Out of World War II, Part 2 (PDF, 1 MB)
  6. Aviation Training and Expansion, Part 1 (PDF, 1.8 MB)
  7. Aviation Training and Expansion, Part 2 (PDF, 1.7 MB)
  8. Wings of Victory, Part 1: Prewar Technical Development (PDF, 2.1 MB)
  9. Wings of Victory, Part 2: Technical Development during World War II (PDF, 2 MB)
  10. Wings of Victory, Part 3 (PDF, 1.6 MB)
  11. Organization of Naval Aviation in World War II (PDF, 2 MB)
  12. Aviation Ordnance, 1939–1941 (PDF, 1.8 MB)
  13. The Pacific Neutrality Patrol (PDF, 2 MB)
  14. "This is No Drill." U.S. Naval Aviation and Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941 (PDF, 2.1 MB)
  15. Wake Island: A Gallant Defense (PDF, 2 MB)
  16. The Early Carrier Raids: Proving Japanese Vulnerability (PDF, 2.1 MB)
  17. The Battle of Coral Sea (PDF, 1.2 MB)
  18. "Do the Best We Can with What We Have": Battle of Midway (PDF, 2 MB)
  19. Patrol Aviation in the Pacific in World War II, Part 1 (PDF, 2 MB)
  20. Patrol Aviation in the Pacific in World War II, Part 2 (PDF, 2 MB)
  21. Naval Aviation in Operation Torch (PDF, 2.1 MB)
  22. Guadalcanal: Trial by Fire, Part 1 (PDF, 2.1 MB)
  23. Guadalcanal: Trial by Fire, Part 2 (PDF, 2 MB)
  24. Combat Art in World War II (PDF, 1.7 MB)
  25. Fighter Tactics in World War II (PDF, 2.1 MB)
  26. Fleet Carrier Combat Operations, 1943 to 1944 (PDF, 1.8 MB)
  27. Solomon Islands Campaign: The Isloation of Rabaul (PDF, 2 MB)
  28. Island Hopping in World War II: From the Gilberts to the Marshalls (PDF, 2 MB)
  29. Island Hopping in World War II: The Marianas (PDF, 2.1 MB)
  30. Invasion! Fortress Europe: Naval Aviation in France, Summer 1944 (PDF, 2.1 MB)
  31. The Kamikazes: Japanese Suicide Units (PDF, 2 MB)
  32. Victory at Leyte Gulf (PDF, 2.4 MB)
  33. Patrol Aviation in the Atlantic in World War II (PDF, 2.5 MB)
  34. Back to the Philippines, Part 1 (PDF, 1 MB)
  35. Back to the Philippines, Part 2 (PDF, 1.7 MB)
  36. Technical Development in World War II (PDF, 2.1 MB)
  37. From Autos to Aircraft: General Motors' World War II Conversion to Wildcats and Avengers (PDF, 2.3 MB)
  38. The Largest Invasion...That Never Was (PDF, 1.9 MB)
  39. In the Wake of Victory (PDF, 1.1 MB)

Photo UA 567.21, Joseph Sablacan Collection

Photo UA 567.21, Joseph Sablacan Collection. TBF Avengers in flight over ships in the Pacific, 1944-1945 timeframe. Click image to download.
Published:Fri Aug 31 10:08:51 EDT 2018