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Central coast aviators in World War II / Jim Gregory

Catalog Data

Author:
Gregory, Jim (Local historian)  Search this
Physical description:
143 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Pacific Area
Date:
2018
Notes:
NASM copy Purchased with Adopt-a-Book funds.
Contents:
Prologue: Mission to Lorient -- Pioneers of flight -- Learning to fly: Air Cadets and WASPS -- Bomber crews: Bands of brothers -- This seat of Mars -- War in the Pacific -- Losses -- "For you, the war is over" -- Strafing runs -- Epilogue: Nagasaki, Hickam Field
Summary:
During World War II, thousands of volunteer combat aviators trained at places like Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and Hancock Field in Santa Maria. Some air cadets and WASPs--young women pilots--lost their lives in training accidents. The graduates would go on to fight in both the Pacific and European theaters. They faced flak bursts and collisions that resulted in horrifying explosions and were sent on strafing runs that made them targets in a lethal shooting gallery. Downed airmen encountered both unexpected kindness and cruel deprivation as prisoners of war. Through interviews and official records, Jim Gregory tells the stories of heroic Central Coast veterans who fought a war that stretched from New Guinea to North Africa. --Publisher
Topic:
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns  Search this
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, American  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1092488