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by John W. Lambert
Specialty Press  1990
214 pages
Index, photos
ISBN: 978-0962586005
Cover Price: $59.95
Language: English

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The Pineapple Air Force
Pearl Harbor to Tokyo

The "Pineapple Air Force" was the nickname for the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) Hawaiian Air Force based on Oahu in Hawaii. On December 7, 1941 during the Japanese attack against Pearl Harbor and Oahu their P-40 Warhawks took off to intercept the attackers in the first American air combat missions. Afterwards, redesignated the 7th Air Force (7th AF) and were tasked with defending Hawaii against further attacks that never materialized. Pilots joked they were left guarding the pineapples, thus the Pineapple Air Force nickname. Later, deployed to combat in the Marshall Islands, Gilbert Island and the Mariana Islands. At the end of the Pacific War they operated from from Ie Shima and Iwo Jima flying Very Long Range (VLR) missions over Japan.

This book was reprinted as a second edition The Pineapple Air Force Pearl Harbor to Tokyo (2006).

Review by  Justin Taylan  

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