Title: Coral Sea Log – A Chronicle of events in, around and above the Coral Sea area and its surrounding land and sea masses during April-May, 1942.

Author: Wicks, Audrey F

Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

Publication Date: 1992

ISBN: 00064608561

Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 156 pages

Comments: An indepth history of the Battle of the Coral Sea in 1942. Now a scarce book.

The Battle of the Coral Sea, fought from 4–8 May 1942, was a major naval battle in the Pacific Theater of World War II between the Imperial Japanese Navy and Allied naval and air forces from the United States and Australia. The battle was the first fleet action in which aircraft carriers engaged each other. It was also the first naval battle in history in which neither side’s ships sighted or fired directly upon the other.

In an attempt to strengthen their defensive positioning for their empire in the South Pacific, Imperial Japanese forces decided to invade and occupy Port Moresby in New Guinea and Tulagi in the southeastern Solomon Islands. The plan to accomplish this, called Operation MO, involved several major units of Japan’s Combined Fleet, including two fleet carriers and a light carrier to provide air cover for the invasion fleets, under the overall command of Shigeyoshi Inoue. The U.S. learned of the Japanese plan through signals intelligence and sent two United States Navy carrier task forces and a joint Australian-American cruiser force, under the overall command of American Admiral Frank J. Fletcher, to oppose the Japanese offensive.

Previous owner’s name on the inside of the back cover has been scribbled out else in very good condition.

Includes the crew names of HMAS Australia.

Also lists the Catalina Crews who operated during Coral Sea Battle 1942.

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