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TOMLINSON, THOMAS M. - The Threadbare Buzzard: A Marine Fighter Pilot in WWII.

Title: The Threadbare Buzzard: A Marine Fighter Pilot in WWII.
Description: St Paul, Minnesota: Zenith Press 2004. Book Club Edition. Hardbound 8vo (about 8.5 inches tall) 304 pages. Description: Frontis portrait; two maps. Born in Montana in 1921, the author began his flying career with the U.S. Forest Service, but did not emerge ''fully fledged'' until the outbreak of the war in 1939 and the need for pilots in Canada. Joining the RCAF, the 'threadbare buzzard' first trained there, and then, after Pearl Harbor was repatriated into the U.S. military. While many of his fellow flyers chose the Army Air Corps, Tomlinson chose to join the Marine Corps. He joined the Marine Fighting Squadron (VMF) 214, known as the Swashbucklers. This squadron was 'hijacked' by Gregory Boyington while standing down following the end of its second combat tour. The VMF-214 became the Black Sheep and the Swashbucklers were broken up and assigned to other squadrons. Later in the war, while flying off the USS Essex, Tomlinson' four-plane division was assigned as a high-altitude radio relay for navy aircraft searching for the Japanese battleship Yamato. It was during this mission that Tomlinson encountered the jet stream, at that time a little-known phenomenon. BINDING/CONDITION: black boards; a Fine book, with a Fine dust jacket. ISBN: 0760320551

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Price: US$ 12.50 Seller: The Bookworm
- Book number: 063475

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