By Raymond C. Kerns
An notable memoir of an aviator's provider within the Pacific Theater — "If you are looking for macho, fighting-man speak, you've got picked up the incorrect booklet. . . . this is often simply a good 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 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 offer him flying classes. Undaunted, inner most Kerns took classes with a civilian flying institution and was once really scheduled for his first solo...
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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.
They rarely had any personal interaction with foot soldiers. At the end of each flying mission, Air Corps pilots returned to their relatively civilized quarters (the envy of all infantrymen in their muddy foxholes on the battlefield) in barracks or tents adjacent to their airfields. By contrast, the Army liaison pilots of World War II were essentially flying soldiers, who lived, ate, slept, and otherwise spent their daily lives alongside the infantrymen they supported. Each infantry division had its attached division artillery (Div Arty), and each battalion of artillery was allotted two small airplanes with their pilots, observers, and ground crews.
Nearby, as he slept, two large, fierce, but friendly (Japanese-hating) Igorot tribesmen stood guard around his airplane all night with spears. He had been forced to land in Japanese-occupied territory when his plane ran out of fuel. Eventually he located friendly troops, begged some truck gas for his airplane, and got out of there safely. When the Army put out a call to its troops for volunteers for flight training, many men like my father who had never thought about aviation were suddenly confronted with the opportunity to become airplane pilots.
Above the Thunder. Reminiscences of a Field Artillery Pilot in World War II by Raymond C. Kerns