Download PDF by Raymond C. Kerns: Above The Thunder: Reminiscences of a Field Artillery Pilot

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 inaccurate booklet. . . . this can be simply a decent narration of a few of my reports . . . in the course of my carrier 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 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 tuition 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 institution after which accomplished flight education within the L-4 Piper Cub in past due 1942. He used to be assigned to the thirty third Infantry department in New Guinea and observed wide wrestle carrier there and within the Philippines. In an easy yet riveting type, Kerns remembers flying a number of patrols over enemy-held territory in his gentle unarmored airplane, calling and coordinating artillery moves. whereas his optimum protection used to be the awesome maneuverability and nimbleness of the L-4, he used to be frequently required to guard himself with pistols and rifles, hand grenades, or even a desktop gun that he welded to his touchdown apparatus and as soon as used to explode an ammunition sell off. pleased with his provider and confident of the effectiveness and price potency of the L-4 pilots within the Pacific and Europe, Kerns earned the prestigious Flying pass and the Silver megastar. 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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