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 have picked up the inaccurate ebook. . . . this can be simply a good narration of a few of my reviews . . . 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 aid 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 colours. yet simply because he lacked a highschool degree, the military refused to offer him flying classes. Undaunted, deepest Kerns took classes with a civilian flying tuition and was once truly scheduled for his first solo...
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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. It was a disappointing experience for the makers of light civilian aircraft and an example of just how shortsighted and hidebound the military brass can be. ”6 He was turned away. Undaunted, the light plane manufacturers, Piper, Aeronca, and Taylor-craft, refused to accept the negative verdict of the military lead ership and made an end run around the Washington bureaucrats by offering the use of their aircraft—free of charge and complete with civilian pilots—directly to generals conducting war games in the United States, hoping thereby to demonstrate what small aircraft were capable of in tactical military situations.
Don Vineyard of Mansfield, Missouri, my partner in the 122d Field Artillery Battalion, read and critiqued the manuscript for this book and prompted my memory of some adventures we shared. Floyd Erickson of Pleasant Hill, California, was a former flying friend whose own L-4 exploits would put mine to shame if he had ever written them down. Floyd put me in touch with Tom Baker of Tijeras, New Mexico, a flying son of Don Baker, another old artillery pilot. Tom read and critiqued my manuscript as well, then put the whole thing in order and submitted it for publication.
Kerns was not among them. He deeply respected all mankind, including the “enemy,” and for him, these terms carried no hint of racism. We are very proud that in this book about war, the author’s great love for humanity shines through. The Family of Raymond C. Kerns PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS If you’re looking for macho, fighting-man talk, you’ve picked up the wrong book. As you may guess when looking at my photos, I’m not that kind of fellow. And you won’t find lurid romance or exaggerated dramatization of fairly ordinary events—I hope.
Above the Thunder. Reminiscences of a Field Artillery Pilot in World War II by Raymond C. Kerns