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William T. Y'Blood

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William T. Y'Blood's career as a pilot, first in the U.S. Air Force flying Boeing B-47s and later as a commercial pilot for Continental Airlines was reflected in the subjects he chose to write about. His first publication, Stratojet in Action, is a pictorial history of the B-47 that he knew so well. Red Sun Setting, his account of the Battle of the Philippine Sea, contains classic descriptions of dogfights and aerial attacks on Japanese carriers. He turned his focus to escort carriers in his next two books, Hunter-Killer and The Little Giants, earning praise and awards from the Burma Star Association and Escort Carrier Airmen and Sailors.


Later in life, William T. Y'Blood took a position with the Air Force History office at the Pentagon as a historian, where he remained until his death in 2006. He turned his attention to other wars, focusing considerable effort on the Korean War and the overlooked role air power played in that conflict. As one critic from the Air Power Journal said, "Y'Blood's writing is concise, well written, and accurate. It is popular history at its best."


William T. Y’Blood is the author of Stratojet in Action; Red Sun Setting; Hunter-Killer;

The Little Giants;;The Three Wars of Lt. General George E. Stratemeyer; MiG Alley: The Fight for Air Superiority; Reflections and Remembrances: Veterans of the United States Army Air Forces Reminisce about World War II; and, Down in the Weeds: Close Air Support in Korea.


According to the book description of Air Commandos Against Japan: Allied Special Operations in World War II Burma, “In 1943 the U.S. Army Air Forces created what would become the Air Commandos, a unit that marked a milestone in tactical operations in support of British ground forces invading Burma. William T. Y'Blood tells the story of how these daring American aviators trained and went into combat using unconventional hit-and-run tactics to confuse the enemy and destroy their lines of communication and supply. The force comprised light planes to evacuate wounded, transports to move heavy cargo, fighters, bombers, gliders, helicopters, and more than five hundred men. The book describes how this top secret force successfully attacked the enemy from the air, resupplied British commandos on the ground, and airlifted the wounded out of the battle area--eventually driving the Japanese out of Burma.”


According to the book description of Hunter-Killer: U.S. Escort Carriers in the Battle of the Atlantic, “The pursuit of German U-boats in the Battle of the Atlantic has long been considered one of the most exciting stories of World War II. This definitive study takes readers into the cockpits and onto the flight decks of the versatile and hardy U.S. escort carriers (CVEs) to tell of their vital, yet little-known contribution to the anti-U-boat campaign. Sailing apart from the Allied convoys, the CVE captains had complete freedom of action and frequently took their ships on "hunt and kill" missions against the enemy. The German submarines were allowed no respite and no place to relax without the fear of discovery.


World War II historian William Y'Blood explains that in the eighteen months between the Spring of 1943, when the escort carriers began to prowl the Atlantic, to November 1944, the average number of U-boats in daily operation was reduced from 108 to a mere 31. Though land-based aircraft, various support groups, and the convoy system itself helped win the Battle of the Atlantic, the escort carrier groups' influence was profound. In addition to documenting the escort carriers' exciting operational history, the author also traces the CVE's development and construction and examines its tactical and strategic uses.”

Air Commandos Against Japan: Allied Special Operations in World War II Burma
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Down in the Weeds: Close Air Support in Korea
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The Three Wars of Lieutenant General George E. Stratemeyer: His Korean War Diary
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Hunter-Killer: U.S. Escort Carriers in the Battle of the Atlantic (Bluejacket Books)
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The Little Giants: U.S. Escort Carriers Against Japan (Bluejacket Books)
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MIG Alley: The Fight for Air Superiority (008-070-00757-6)
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Red Sun Setting
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Reflections And Remembrances: Veterans Of The United States Army Air Forces Reminisce About World War II
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According to the book description of The Little Giants: U.S. Escort Carriers Against Japan, “The substantial accomplishments of the U.S. Navy's mini-carriers in such battles as Leyte Gulf, Guadalcanal, the Marianas, and Okinawa never gained the attention given the fast carriers, but there is little question that their vital operations played an important role in the Pacific campaign. These remarkably versatile vessels--called CVEs, baby flattops, and even jeeps--hunted submarines, escorted convoys, provided air support, and performed dozens of other tasks that are vividly described in this book. Based on interviews with the CVE crewmen and on war diaries, ship histories, and other documents, it tells a moving story of escort carrier operations, from the work of the first CVEs to their final assignment transporting GIs home after the war. Seldom-seen photographs add to this fascinating portrait of the little giants.”

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