By Raymond C. Kerns

An amazing memoir of an aviator's carrier within the Pacific Theater — "If you are looking for macho, fighting-man speak, you have got picked up the incorrect ebook. . . . this can be simply a good 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, 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 earlier than 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 institution and used to be truly scheduled for his first solo...

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Army between 1940 and 1945, during first years of what became a new branch of the Army: Army Aviation. If I’m not a very remarkable fellow, why do I bother writing my story? Well, while I was not the first, I was among the earliest pilots in the Army Ground Forces organic air observation program that began in 1942, proved itself of great value on the battlefields of World War II, and eventually evolved to the highly sophisticated combat and logistical element that it is today. Few of my contemporaries have written their personal experiences, so not many people know what we really did to earn our pay.

Attention was focused on the manufacturers of large aircraft, not light plan es. However, representatives of the light plane industry, including William T. Piper of Piper Aircraft, were also in attendance, hoping to persuade the brass and the bureaucrats that they could make a contribution to the war effort with their small, slow airplanes. In Mr. Piper and His Cubs, Devon Francis quotes an Army general on this board telling them: “Light aircraft are impractical for military use,” and the sentiment was then seconded by an admiral of the Navy.

Major Carpenter was Gen. John Wood’s personal pilot, and this fact, plus his having a little more rank than most Army pilots, meant that he was not often burdened with artillery-spotting duties and thus had more time to devote to his own private war. It was rumored that the death of his brother in combat gave him extra motivation to strike at the enemy. Newspaper correspondents dubbed Carpenter “Bazooka Charlie” in their dispatches home, and the bolder ones begged rides with him on his aerial hunts, though he preferred to fly solo because the extra weight of a passenger cramped his style.

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