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"Deeply researched and well written, Pacific Payback is by far the most detailed account of USS Enterprise's dive-bombers and their decisive role at the Battle of Midway."Jonathan Parshall, author of Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway

"Well researched and detailed . . . a very full and well rounded view of the critical first six months of the war."WWII History Magazine

Publisher: NAL Caliber/Penguin Books, New York
448 pages, including index, appendices, and dozens of action photos
Military Non-fiction, World War II

Price: $26.95



"In the early naval battles in the Pacific, the U.S. carriers took the fight to the enemy. Their most effective weapon was the Douglas SBD Dauntless dive-bomber. At Midway, the SBDs destroyed four aircraft carriers and arguably turned the tide of the war against Japan. Their individual stories, however, remain largely untold. Stephen L. Moore's Pacific Payback relates the experiences of the Enterprise's SBDs beginning with the attack on Pearl Harbor, up to Midway, and covers all the carrier dive-bombers in that decisive battle. This heartfelt tribute to the SBD pilots and radiomen offers much new information and is a valuable contribution to the history of the Pacific War."
—John B. Lundstrom, author of The First Team


Japanese carrier Hiryu blazing after U.S. dive-bomber attacks


"In bringing this story to the public, Stephen L. Moore has done a service to the courageous fliers of Scouting Squadron Six and Bombing Squadron Six. These noble men piloted the Douglas Dauntless dive-bombers from the decks of the noble Enterprise, often entering battle despite being outnumbered. Their bravery during the war's first six months, when the nation needed heroes, should long occupy a premier spot in our nation's history."
—John F. Wukovits, author of For Crew and Country and
One Square Mile of Hell

Hornet SBD crew inspects damage to their Dauntless at Midway


"Well researched and detailed. Each sailor's story is incorporated into the whole, giving the reader a very full and well rounded view of their missions and duties during the critical first six months of the war."WWII History Magazine, June 2015

"This book is a page tuner about the bravery of the young pilots and rear gunners. A must read for anyone interested in the major battles of WW2."
—Francis Condino, Amazon.com

SBD ditching in ocean at Midway