By Raymond C. Kerns
An awesome 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 inaccurate e-book. . . . this can be 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, 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 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, inner most Kerns took classes with a civilian flying college and was once really scheduled for his first solo...
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Extra info for Above the Thunder. Reminiscences of a Field Artillery Pilot in World War II
Eleven in number, they accomplished the work of fifty men. They dropped supplies to small patrols operating well in front of the Division line. Whole battalions on the move were oriented by pilots providing “protective” cover. Platoons in the attack received immediate information on strength and disposition of enemy forces occupying their objectives. Commanded by Major Richard F. Bortz, the Air Section exemplifies cooperation between infantry and artillery. Battalion and company commanders planning an advance were always given a chance to first survey the terrain from the air.
The most famous of these was Maj. S. factories building ships and airplanes during the war; Lieutenant Kerns’s fiancée, Dorie Lane, was one of them). 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.
He kept the commanders apprised of the location of the front line as it moved forward from the beachhead and reported on the progress as it occurred. When he ran out of fuel that afternoon, he landed his Cub on a road near friendly troops and begged some truck gas, refueled his plane, and was back in the air in short order, continuing his mission. His efforts that day saved thousands of Allied lives and made a major contribution to the success of the invasion. At the end of the day he landed his L-4 near the beach, climbed out, and fell into an exhausted sleep on the ground for the night.