By Raymond C. Kerns
An amazing memoir of an aviator's provider within the Pacific Theater — "If you are looking for macho, fighting-man speak, you could have picked up the inaccurate booklet. . . . this is often simply a decent 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 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 provide him flying classes. Undaunted, inner most Kerns took classes with a civilian flying university and was once truly scheduled for his first solo...
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After the airplanes were assembled, the big empty crates came in useful as sleeping quarters for a couple of men or as supply sheds. Workers at the Piper factory in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, eventually built 5,703 L-4s for the Army, that were used in both the European and Pacific theaters.
From what my father and his friends have told me and from what Kerns has written in this book, I doubt that there ever has been, or ever will be, again, such rigorous or unconventional flight training as pilots received in liaison aircraft at Fort Sill during World War II. Upon reporting to the school, the students were immediately ordered to remove their brand-new Army Air Forces wings from their uniforms and told they were going to have to earn them all over again, as Army L-wings. ” Some of the training maneuvers seemed wild and dangerous to ordinary pilots and, in fact, broke all civilian flight regulations, but they were designed to develop the extraordinary piloting skills necessary to operate airplanes from unusual locations and promote survival under combat conditions.
Such pocket aircraft carriers showed what they could do during the invasions of Sicily, Anzio, and southern France. However, unlike with the Brodie system, the airplanes could not return to land on the flight decks, because they were too short for landings. On at least one occasion, during the invasion of France, a Cub could not find anywhere to land ashore and had to come back and ditch in the water beside its LST (the ship then tried to winch the airplane back aboard, but wrecked it in the attempt).
Above the Thunder. Reminiscences of a Field Artillery Pilot in World War II by Raymond C. Kerns