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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 inaccurate e-book. . . . this is often simply a good narration of a few of my reviews . . . 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, 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 prior to 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 provide him flying classes. Undaunted, deepest Kerns took classes with a civilian flying university and was once really scheduled for his first solo flight at the afternoon of December 7, 1941. though his loss of degree, Kerns graduated from Officer Candidate university 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 variety, Kerns recollects flying a number of patrols over enemy-held territory in his gentle unarmored aircraft, calling and coordinating artillery moves. whereas his best security used to be the striking maneuverability and nimbleness of the L-4, he used to be frequently required to protect 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 unload. 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 celebrated Flying pass and the Silver famous person. Above the Thunder, arguably the most effective memoirs of strive against motion in the course of global battle II, will entice army historians in addition to basic readers.

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