By Raymond C. Kerns
An awesome memoir of an aviator's provider within the Pacific Theater — "If you are looking for macho, fighting-man speak, you could have picked up the incorrect publication. . . . this can be simply a decent narration of a few of my studies . . . 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 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 institution and used to be really scheduled for his first solo...
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D. “Doug” Baker, Col. William W. Dick, and Col. John Ferris Privates Carl Bunn and Bill Williamson Ralph Park, Burnis Williamson, and Maurice “Pappy” Downs Sal Crupi, Ralph Park, Billy Mulherin, and “Pappy” Downs The author copying Morse code The author at Isenberg Field, Hawaii Map, Finschhafen to Fortification Point, New Guinea, May 1944 122d Field Artillery Air Section planes and ground crew Don Vineyard, the author, Wendell Young, Kennis Allen, and Eddie Janes Aerial view of Foe Maoe Plantation entrance, New Guinea Aerial view of the Mount Haako area, New Guinea Lieutenants Francis E.
There is a little something here for everybody: students of human nature, warfare, aviation, World War II buffs, and even (in its descriptions of native Pacific islanders) anthropologists. Like all good books, it will mean something different to everyone who reads it. For me, it brings to life all those young men whom the war took away from the farms, offices, schools, and factories of America and sent to fight in distant parts of the world, places with strange names most of them had never even heard of, some to die there, and some whose bones, like those of big John Durant and his comrades (see chapter 4), lie there still.
1921–2008. Above the thunder: reminiscences of a field artillery pilot in World War II/ Raymond C. Kerns. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-0-87338-980-8 (hardcover : alk. paper)∞ 1. , 1921–2008. 2. World War, 1914–1918—Aerial operations, American. 3. United States. Army—Aviation. 4. World War, 1939–1945—Campaigns—Pacific Area. 5. World War, 1939–1945—Artillery operations, American. 6. World War, 1939–1945—Personal narratives, American. 7. Air pilots, Military—United States—Biography.