Wade McClusky and the Battle of Midway


During the Battle of Midway in June 1942, US Navy dive bomber pilot Wade McClusky proved himself to be one of the greatest pilots and combat leaders in American history, but his story has never been told until now.

It was Wade McClusky who remained calm when the Japanese fleet was not where it was expected to be. It was he who made the counterintuitive choice to then search to the north instead of to the south. It was also McClusky who took the calculated risk of continuing to search even though his bombers were low on fuel and may not have enough to make it back to the Enterprise. His ability to remain calm under enormous pressure played a huge role in the US Navy winning this decisive victory that turned the tide of war in the Pacific.

This book is the story of exactly the right man being in exactly the right place at exactly the right time. Wade McClusky was that man and this is his story.


A very captivating story about dive bomber pilot Wade McClusky and how by his steadfast action and patience turned the tide of the war by locating the Japanese fleet. The author mentions numerous times how he should have been acknowledged, more and given more credit for finding the Japanese fleet. This point I got the first few times he mentions it but the author repeats this many, many times in the book and does take away from what actually is a good book. What I believe the author was wanting to do was show how valuable he was to the entire battle and debunk other historians who have said that McClusky should not have been leading his squadron that day or how he missed when releasing his bomb. His group though sunk two carriers and after his miss, the pilots after him had a better alignment for the release of their bombs.
What should be noted is the author speaks about how the Japanese left carriers back in Japan thinking they would not need them. Also, he talks about how Pearl was already in the rebuilding stage and rushed to put a carrier back out with men working around the clock. This would be the beginning of the change that the Japanese did not foresee. The Imperial Navy suffered a great loss that day for the pilots they lost were not replaced. Their experience was far greater than the Americans, but now with the loss of planes and men, the war would begin to change slowly. Overall a good book. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

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