The Hostile Sky: A Hellcat Flyer in World War II by James Vernon

By James Vernon

In the summer season of 1942 Jim Vernon, a nineteen-year-old collage scholar in Butte, Montana, joined the U.S. Navy's aviation cadet education software and by way of the spring of 1945 was once flying F6F Hellcats from the USS Ticonderoga off of the coast of Japan. This memoir of his years at struggle offers a service pilot's view of the clash within the Pacific throughout the ultimate months of the struggle whilst the atomic bombs have been dropped and Japan capitulated. He provides an up-close-and-personal account of existence in a bomber-fighter squadron and the roller-coaster feelings taken with wrestle sorties over the antagonistic sea and land.

As a member of VBF-87, Vernon bargains a different glimpse into the earlier at a time while youngsters matured quickly as they confronted the realities of warfare. He has recorded his personal emotions approximately assembly the demanding situations of warfare, his love of flying, and the camaraderie of his flying mates--both within the air and on liberty--along with the real information of conflict that give a contribution very important dimensions to the general tale of the air conflict. extra to those stirring thoughts are his unique descriptions of the mobilization and coaching of service pilots and his recounting of the excessive prevalence of non-combat fatalities and the switch within the composition of the air crew based on the Kamikaze probability. this kind of e-book not just will attract aviators all over but in addition will turn out to be an exciting learn for these attracted to international battle II and air combat.

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