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Barrett Tillman

USA flag (b.1948)

Barrett Tillman grew up on an Oregon wheat and cattle ranch, where he was exposed to agricultural aircraft at an early age. He learned to fly at age 16 in 1965 and became involved in restoration and flying antique aircraft. With his father he owned and operated two WW II navy planes: an N3N-3 biplane trainer and a Douglas SBD-5 dive bomber. The latter led to his first book, an operational history of the Dauntless. Graduating from the University of Oregon with a journalism degree in 1971, Tillman worked full-time as a freelance writer. In addition to 32 books, he has also written some 500 magazine articles. He founded Champlin Museum Press in Mesa, Arizona, in 1982, and served as managing editor of The Hook magazine in San Diego 1986-89. Since 1990 Tillman has been a full-time writer and novelist. His work has been honored with five awards for history, biography, and literature.

Genres: Thriller
Non fiction
   Jimmy Doolittle (1976)
   The Dauntless Dive Bomber of World War Two (1976)
   Hellcat (1979)
   Corsair (1979)
   Mig Master (1980)
   Wildcat (1983)
   On Yankee Station (1987)
   Avenger at War (1990)
   Mig (1990)
   Sun Downers (1993)
   Pushing the Envelope (1994) (with Marion E Carl)
   The Marianas Turkey Shoot (1994)
   Wildcats to Tomcats (1995)
   Pacific Carrier Air War (1996)
   Vought F-4 U Corsair (1996)
   U.S. Navy Fighter Squadrons in World War II (1997)
   Helldiver Units in World War 2 (1997)
   US Navy Fighters of World War II (1998) (with Robert L Lawson)
   SBD Dauntless Units of World War 2 (1998)
   Carrier Air War (1999) (with Robert L Lawson)
   TBF/TBM Avenger Units of World War 2 (1999)
   TBD Devastator Units of the US Navy (2000)
   The Complete Guide to AR-15 Accuracy (2000) (with Derrick Martin)
   Wildcat Aces of World War 2 (2000)
   U.S. Navy Air Combat 1939-1946 (2001) (with Robert L Lawson)
   US Navy Dive and Torpedo Bombers of WWII (2001) (with Robert L Lawson)
   Above and Beyond (2002)
   The Blue Devils (2003) (with Mark Styling)
   Alpha Bravo Delta Guide to the U.S. Airforce (2003)
   Brassey's D-Day Encyclopedia (2004)
   Clash of the Carriers (2005)
   Heroes (2006)
   LeMay (2007)
   What We Need (2007)
   Whirlwind (2010)
   VF-11/111 'Sundowners' 1942-95 (2010)
   Enterprise (2012)
   US Marine Corps Fighter Squadrons of World War II (2014)
   The D-Day Encyclopedia (2014)
   Forgotten Fifteenth (2014)
   On Wave and Wing (2017)
   Dragon's Jaw (2019) (with Stephen Coonts)
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