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I think these types of memoirs about their combat experience in WWII is important unfortunately not many men wrote them and so few are left to write. Raymond C. Kerns went into the Army and applied for flight school but was denied because he had not graduated from high school. He was sent to radio school and then sent to Schofield Barracks in Oahu as an artillery radio man. He started taking flying lesions as a civilian flying school. Then came December 7, 1941, Kerns gives an excellent description of what happened to the men in Schofield Barrack that morning. He was getting ready to take his first solo flight to graduate from the flight school needless to say he did not make it to the field to fly. He goes on in detail what it was like on Oahu for months after the attack. He applied for Officers Candidate School and was accepted. He successfully graduated then went on to Army flight school for the L-4 Piper Cub planes to be a spotter for the artillery. These men could put the plane into maneuvers the plane designers never thought of. These unarmed small planes proved to be a valuable asset to the artillery but flying them was dangerous. Kerns tell interesting stories about OCS and flight school. Kerns served with the 33 Infantry Division in New Guinea and in the Philippines. He gives detailed accounts of his experiences providing some action, and humor. Kerns explains the problems they faced flying in the Islands and the problems they overcame because of the small gas tank the planes carried. He won the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Silver Star, and the Purple Heart. He writes as if you are sitting in his living room telling you a story about his experiences in the war. He is a natural story teller. This is a must read for those interested in military history, World War II history or those who would just like a good true story. Gregg A. Rizzo did a good job narrating the story.
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