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The Resource Above the thunder : reminiscences of a field artillery pilot in World War II, Raymond C. Kerns

Above the thunder : reminiscences of a field artillery pilot in World War II, Raymond C. Kerns

Label
Above the thunder : reminiscences of a field artillery pilot in World War II
Title
Above the thunder
Title remainder
reminiscences of a field artillery pilot in World War II
Statement of responsibility
Raymond C. Kerns
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
An extraordinary memoir of an aviator?s service in the Pacific Theater --?If you?re looking for macho, fighting-man talk, you?ve picked up the wrong book. ... This is just an honest narration of some of my experiences ... during my service in the U.S. Army between 1940 and 1945.??Raymond C. Kerns -- The son of a Kentucky tobacco farmer, Raymond Kerns dropped out of high school after the eighth grade to help on the farm. He enlisted in the Army in 1940 and, after training as a radio operator in the artillery, was assigned to Schofield Barracks (Oahu) where he witnessed the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and participated in the ensuing battle. In the months before Pearl Harbor, Kerns had passed the Army?s flight training admission exam with flying colors. But because he lacked a high school diploma, the Army refused to give him flying lessons. Undaunted, Private Kerns took lessons with a civilian flying school and was actually scheduled for his first solo flight on the afternoon of December 7, 1941. Notwithstanding his lack of diploma, Kerns graduated from Officer Candidate School and then completed flight training in the L-4 Piper Cub in late 1942. He was assigned to the 33rd Infantry Division in New Guinea and saw extensive combat service there and in the Philippines. In a simple but riveting style, Kerns recalls flying multiple patrols over enemy-held territory in his light unarmored plane, calling and coordinating artillery strikes. While his most effective defense was the remarkable maneuverability and nimbleness of the L-4, he was often required to defend himself with pistols and rifles, hand grenades, and even a machine gun that he welded to his landing gear and once used to blow up an ammunition dump. Proud of his service and convinced of the effectiveness and cost efficiency of the L-4 pilots in the Pacific and Europe, Kerns earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Silver Star. Above the Thunder, arguably one of the best memoirs of combat action during World War II, will appeal to military historians as well as general readers
Member of
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
TEFOD
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1921-2008
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kerns, Raymond C.
Dewey number
940.54/4973092
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plans
Index
index present
LC call number
D790.2
LC item number
.K47 2009eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Kerns, Raymond C
  • United States
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Air pilots, Military
  • Kerns, Raymond C
  • United States
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • HISTORY
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • Air pilots, Military
  • Armed Forces
  • Military campaigns
  • Military operations, Aerial
  • Pacific Area
  • United States
  • Aufklärungsflieger
  • Pazifikkrieg
  • USA
Label
Above the thunder : reminiscences of a field artillery pilot in World War II, Raymond C. Kerns
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-297) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The heroic liaison pilots of World War II and the amazing Piper Cub L-4 / by Tom Baker -- Prologue -- The pineapple soldier -- Ninety-day wonders and fair-haired boys -- Kauai to Fortification Point -- Tornado task force -- Luzon : Lingayen to the hills -- Over the hills to Baguio -- Sashaying around up north -- Epilogue -- Appendix: History and specifications of the J-3 Piper Cub / by Tom Baker -- Notes / by Tom Baker
Control code
776996296
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvii, 305 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781612775791
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations, map, plans
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
545e153f-3554-42e3-9bff-05ff4b182cfb
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)776996296
Label
Above the thunder : reminiscences of a field artillery pilot in World War II, Raymond C. Kerns
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-297) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The heroic liaison pilots of World War II and the amazing Piper Cub L-4 / by Tom Baker -- Prologue -- The pineapple soldier -- Ninety-day wonders and fair-haired boys -- Kauai to Fortification Point -- Tornado task force -- Luzon : Lingayen to the hills -- Over the hills to Baguio -- Sashaying around up north -- Epilogue -- Appendix: History and specifications of the J-3 Piper Cub / by Tom Baker -- Notes / by Tom Baker
Control code
776996296
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvii, 305 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781612775791
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations, map, plans
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
545e153f-3554-42e3-9bff-05ff4b182cfb
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)776996296

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