The Resource Above the thunder : reminiscences of a field artillery pilot in World War II, Raymond C. Kerns, (electronic resource)

Above the thunder : reminiscences of a field artillery pilot in World War II, Raymond C. Kerns, (electronic resource)

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Above the thunder : reminiscences of a field artillery pilot in World War II
Title
Above the thunder
Title remainder
reminiscences of a field artillery pilot in World War II
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Raymond C. Kerns
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Language
eng
Summary
An extraordinary memoir of an aviator?s service in the Pacific Theater -- ?If you?re looking for macho, fighting-man talk, you?ve picked up the wrong book. . . . This is just an honest narration of some of my experiences . . . during my service in the U.S. Army between 1940 and 1945.? ?Raymond C. Kerns -- The son of a Kentucky tobacco farmer, Raymond Kerns dropped out of high school after the eighth grade to help on the farm. He enlisted in the Army in 1940 and, after training as a radio operator in the artillery, was assigned to Schofield Barracks (Oahu) where he witnessed the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and participated in the ensuing battle. In the months before Pearl Harbor, Kerns had passed the Army?s flight training admission exam with flying colors. But because he lacked a high school diploma, the Army refused to give him flying lessons. Undaunted, Private Kerns took lessons with a civilian flying school and was actually scheduled for his first solo flight on the afternoon of December 7, 1941. Notwithstanding his lack of diploma, Kerns graduated from Officer Candidate School and then completed flight training in the L-4 Piper Cub in late 1942. He was assigned to the 33rd Infantry Division in New Guinea and saw extensive combat service there and in the Philippines. In a simple but riveting style, Kerns recalls flying multiple patrols over enemy-held territory in his light unarmored plane, calling and coordinating artillery strikes. While his most effective defense was the remarkable maneuverability and nimbleness of the L-4, he was often required to defend himself with pistols and rifles, hand grenades, and even a machine gun that he welded to his landing gear and once used to blow up an ammunition dump. Proud of his service and convinced of the effectiveness and cost efficiency of the L-4 pilots in the Pacific and Europe, Kerns earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Silver Star. Above the Thunder, arguably one of the best memoirs of combat action during World War II, will appeal to military historians as well as general readers
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
TEFOD
Dewey number
940.54/4973092
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plans
Index
index present
LC call number
D790.2
LC item number
.K47 2009eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Above the thunder : reminiscences of a field artillery pilot in World War II, Raymond C. Kerns, (electronic resource)
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Above the thunder : reminiscences of a field artillery pilot in World War II, Raymond C. Kerns, (electronic resource)
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 287-297) and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
Introduction: The heroic liaison pilots of World War II and the amazing Piper Cub L-4 / by Tom Baker -- Prologue -- The pineapple soldier -- Ninety-day wonders and fair-haired boys -- Kauai to Fortification Point -- Tornado task force -- Luzon : Lingayen to the hills -- Over the hills to Baguio -- Sashaying around up north -- Epilogue -- Appendix: History and specifications of the J-3 Piper Cub / by Tom Baker -- Notes / by Tom Baker
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ocn776996296
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Extent
1 online resource (xvii, 305 p.)
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Form of item
online
Isbn
9781612775791
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
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unknown
Other physical details
ill., map, plans.
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
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remote

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