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The Hostile Sky: A Hellcat Flyer in the World War II


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By: James W. Vernon


In the summer of 1942 Jim Vernon, 19, and college student joined the U.S. Navy's aviation cadet training program. By 1945 he was flying Grumman F6F Hellcats from the USS Ticonderoga off of the coast of Japan. This memoir of his years at war provides a carrier pilot's view of the conflict in the Pacific during the final months of the war when the atomic bombs were dropped and Japan capitulated. Book gives an up-close-and-personal account of life in a bomber-fighter squadron and the roller-coaster emotions involved in combat sorties over the hostile sea and land. Added to these stirring memories are his entertaining descriptions of the mobilization and training of carrier pilots and his recounting of the high incidence of non-combat fatalities and the change in the composition of the air group in response to the Kamikaze threat.
The Hostile Sky: A Hellcat Flyer in the World War II


176 pgs, hardbound w/dust jacket, 8.25 x 5.25, photos


The Hostile Sky: A Hellcat Flyer in the World War II

ISBN Number: 9781557508652

Item Number: 1740

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