Raymond C. Kerns's Above The Thunder: Reminiscences of a Field Artillery Pilot PDF

By Raymond C. Kerns

a rare memoir of an aviator’s carrier within the Pacific Theater -- “If you’re trying to find macho, fighting-man speak, you’ve picked up the incorrect booklet. . . . this can be 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 assist 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 ahead of 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 tuition and was once really scheduled for his first solo flight at the afternoon of December 7, 1941. although 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 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 remembers flying a number of patrols over enemy-held territory in his gentle unarmored aircraft, calling and coordinating artillery moves. whereas his ideal safeguard used to be the impressive maneuverability and nimbleness of the L-4, he used to be usually required to shield 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 unload. 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 celebrated Flying pass and the Silver big name. Above the Thunder, arguably the best memoirs of wrestle motion in the course of international warfare II, will entice army historians in addition to basic readers.

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