By Raymond C. Kerns

ISBN-10: 0873389808

ISBN-13: 9780873389808

a unprecedented memoir of an aviator’s carrier within the Pacific Theater -- “If you’re searching for macho, fighting-man speak, you’ve picked up the incorrect e-book. . . . this can be simply a good narration of a few of my reviews . . . 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 assist at the farm. He enlisted within the military in 1940 and, after education as a radio operator within the artillery, was once 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 sooner than Pearl Harbor, Kerns had handed the Army’s flight education admission examination with flying shades. yet simply because he lacked a highschool degree, the military refused to provide him flying classes. Undaunted, inner most Kerns took classes with a civilian flying institution and was once truly scheduled for his first solo flight at the afternoon of December 7, 1941. though his loss of degree, Kerns graduated from Officer Candidate university after which accomplished flight education within the L-4 Piper Cub in overdue 1942. He used to be assigned to the thirty third Infantry department in New Guinea and observed huge strive against carrier there and within the Philippines. In an easy yet riveting variety, Kerns recollects flying a number of patrols over enemy-held territory in his gentle unarmored airplane, calling and coordinating artillery moves. whereas his foremost safeguard was once the notable maneuverability and nimbleness of the L-4, he was once frequently required to safeguard himself with pistols and rifles, hand grenades, or even a computer gun that he welded to his touchdown apparatus and as soon as used to explode an ammunition sell off. happy with his carrier and confident of the effectiveness and price potency of the L-4 pilots within the Pacific and Europe, Kerns earned the prestigious Flying go and the Silver superstar. Above the Thunder, arguably the best memoirs of strive against motion in the course of global conflict II, will attract army historians in addition to common readers.

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