By Raymond C. Kerns

a unprecedented 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 e-book. . . . this is often 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 sooner 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 provide him flying classes. Undaunted, deepest Kerns took classes with a civilian flying institution and used to be truly scheduled for his first solo flight at the afternoon of December 7, 1941. even 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 was once 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 type, Kerns recollects flying a number of patrols over enemy-held territory in his mild unarmored airplane, calling and coordinating artillery moves. whereas his finest safeguard was once the amazing maneuverability and nimbleness of the L-4, he was once usually required to guard himself with pistols and rifles, hand grenades, or even a desktop gun that he welded to his touchdown equipment and as soon as used to explode an ammunition unload. pleased 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 move and the Silver big name. Above the Thunder, arguably the most effective memoirs of strive against motion in the course of global struggle II, will attract army historians in addition to common readers.

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