By Raymond C. Kerns
An striking memoir of an aviator's carrier within the Pacific Theater — "If you are looking for macho, fighting-man speak, you might have picked up the incorrect booklet. . . . this is often simply a decent narration of a few of my stories . . . 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 sooner 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 university and was once truly scheduled for his first solo...
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In all these prewar training exercises, as the unofficial little civilian airplanes demonstrated what they could do, officers on the ground who had previously been unfamiliar with light aircraft learned what they were capable of and had some eye-opening experiences. One of these was crusty old cavalryman Gen. Innis P. Swift, commander of the 1st Cavalry Division. Swift became another convert to the cause of the liaison planes and added his voice to those putting pressure on military authorities to adopt them.
Army had no light planes at all in its inventory, nor any plans to acquire any. Army leaders at that time were simply ignorant of what light aviation could do for them. How, then, did the ground army gain its own close-support air arm, distinct from the Army Air Forces? The chain of events began in 1940, after Hitler’s armies had smashed into Poland, but before the attack on Pearl Harbor. A board was convened in Washington to consider how the existing American aviation industry could be converted to wartime production, should such become necessary.
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. Not that I don’t like drama, I just can’t write it. S. 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?