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

By Raymond C. Kerns

a rare 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 publication. . . . this can be simply a decent narration of a few of my stories . . . 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 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 earlier 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 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 overdue 1942. He used to be assigned to the thirty third Infantry department in New Guinea and observed vast wrestle carrier there and within the Philippines. In an easy yet riveting variety, Kerns remembers flying a number of patrols over enemy-held territory in his mild unarmored airplane, calling and coordinating artillery moves. whereas his leading protection was once the awesome maneuverability and nimbleness of the L-4, he used to be usually 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 provider and confident of the effectiveness and price potency of the L-4 pilots within the Pacific and Europe, Kerns earned the prestigious Flying move and the Silver megastar. Above the Thunder, arguably the best memoirs of wrestle motion in the course of international struggle II, will entice army historians in addition to normal readers.

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