The Marines’ Lost Squadron

image001The Marines’ Lost Squadron     The Odyssey of VMF-422

Finally, a book that reveals the truth about the worst air disaster to strike a Marine Corps fighter squadron during the Second World War.

Marine Fighter Squadron 422 was a group of twenty-four typical young Americans trained to fly the famous F4U Corsair into combat with the legendary Japanese Zero. When they arrived in the Pacific, they suddenly found that not all their enemies carried guns in savage Banzai charges. Their two most dangerous and merciless adversaries were the fury of a tropical typhoon and the heartless whims of a Marine Corps general. Together, these two foes seal the fate of VMF-422 and cause the greatest disaster ever to strike a Marine squadron.

Aviation historian Mark Carlson has written the first full account of a group of ordinary young men who were suddenly challenged beyond their experience and which forever changed the lives of the survivors. The Marines’ Lost Squadron is the dramatic true story of a desperate and courageous fight for survival against the forces of nature and a conspiracy of silence.

The Marines’ Lost Squadron is a saga of courage and conspiracy, patriotism and pride, fate and futility in a struggle to survive the ferocity of a huge typhoon in the midst of the Second World War.

Colonel Walter J Boyne, USAF, (Retired), world-renowned author and historian, former curator of the National Air & Space Museum says:

“Mark Carlson does it again, this time with a fast-moving revelation of a forgotten Second World War tragedy, one that should be remembered by all! Excellent! A truly compelling read.”

As Major General Bob Butcher, USMC wrote in the Foreword, “This is a story that needs to be told.”

This book is the result of four years of research, interviews, and poring through hundreds of pages of official documents and transcripts and dozens of books. I hope you will find it compelling, informative and entertaining. At long last the story of the Flying Buccaneers can be told.

This would be a great Christmas gift for the aviation or WWII buff in your life.

The Marines’ Lost Squadron – The Odyssey of VMF-422

Paperback. 358 pages, fully illustrated with archival photos and maps

Published by Sunbury Press, Inc. Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

Copyright © 2017 by Mark Carlson, CL, ACS. Cover Copyright © 2017 by Sunbury Press, Inc.

ISBN: 978-1-62006-747-5 (Trade paperback)

ISBN: 978-1-62006-780-2 (Mobipocket)

Library of Congress Control Number: 2017960989


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