Published by Nautical & Aviation Publishing Company of America
Converted from light cruisers, the 9 ships of the Independence class were a World War II wartime expedient to bring carrier air power into the war as quickly as possible. They were not the best carriers possible, but they were built quickly and entered service at a critical time. Serving alongside their larger Essex-class cousins, they were part of the fast carrier task forces that defeated Japan. 200 pages, 48 photos, 3 maps, 6 (plan, profile and camouflage) drawings, glossary, appendices, notes, bibliography and index. Review by Booknews: "Naval aviation and aircraft carrier enthusiast and former intelligence officer Faltum details the light carriers that formed part of the fast carrier task forces of World War II. As in previous books, he writes for average readers and avoids technical jargon. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)"
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