New PDF release: Above The Thunder: Reminiscences of a Field Artillery Pilot

By Raymond C. Kerns

ISBN-10: 0873389808

ISBN-13: 9780873389808

a rare memoir of an aviator’s provider within the Pacific Theater -- “If you’re trying to find macho, fighting-man speak, you’ve picked up the incorrect booklet. . . . this is often simply a good narration of a few of my reports . . . in the course of my provider within the U.S. military among 1940 and 1945.” —Raymond C. Kerns -- The son of a Kentucky tobacco farmer, Raymond Kerns dropped out of highschool after the 8th grade to aid at the farm. He enlisted within the military in 1940 and, after education as a radio operator within the artillery, used to be assigned to Schofield Barracks (Oahu) the place he witnessed the japanese assault on Pearl Harbor and took part within the resulting conflict. within the months prior to Pearl Harbor, Kerns had handed the Army’s flight education admission examination with flying colours. yet simply because he lacked a highschool degree, the military refused to offer him flying classes. Undaunted, deepest Kerns took classes with a civilian flying university and used to be really scheduled for his first solo flight at the afternoon of December 7, 1941. even though his loss of degree, Kerns graduated from Officer Candidate college after which accomplished flight education within the L-4 Piper Cub in overdue 1942. He was once assigned to the thirty third Infantry department in New Guinea and observed large strive against provider there and within the Philippines. In an easy yet riveting variety, Kerns recollects flying a number of patrols over enemy-held territory in his mild unarmored aircraft, calling and coordinating artillery moves. whereas his finest safeguard used to be the awesome maneuverability and nimbleness of the L-4, he was once frequently required to guard himself with pistols and rifles, hand grenades, or even a computing device gun that he welded to his touchdown apparatus and as soon as used to explode an ammunition sell off. pleased with his carrier and confident of the effectiveness and price potency of the L-4 pilots within the Pacific and Europe, Kerns earned the celebrated Flying move and the Silver megastar. Above the Thunder, arguably the most effective memoirs of strive against motion in the course of global warfare II, will attract army historians in addition to common readers.

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