Above the Thunder. Reminiscences of a Field Artillery Pilot by Raymond C. Kerns

By Raymond C. Kerns

An impressive memoir of an aviator's provider within the Pacific Theater — "If you are looking for macho, fighting-man speak, you might have picked up the incorrect booklet. . . . this can be simply a good narration of a few of my stories . . . in the course of my carrier within the U.S. military among 1940 and 1945." —Raymond C. Kerns — The son of a Kentucky tobacco farmer, Raymond Kerns dropped out of highschool after the 8th grade to assist at the farm. He enlisted within the military in 1940 and, after education as a radio operator within the artillery, was once assigned to Schofield Barracks (Oahu) the place he witnessed the japanese assault on Pearl Harbor and took part within the resulting conflict. within the months ahead of Pearl Harbor, Kerns had handed the Army's flight education admission examination with flying colours. yet simply because he lacked a highschool degree, the military refused to offer him flying classes. Undaunted, inner most Kerns took classes with a civilian flying college and used to be truly scheduled for his first solo...

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Walter Krueger, Third Army commander, by bellowing orders out the windows of a Cub through a bullhorn (the general figures later in Kern’s story)—delivered messages and supplies, landed and took off from practically anywhere a truck could go, and generally demonstrated their extreme usefulness to ground forces in these “liaison” roles, not to mention their potential for directing artillery fire. The Fort Bliss exercises in July 1941 were typical: ten civilian J-3 Piper Cubs, two Aeroncas, and two Taylorcrafts participated in the biggest war games ever undertaken by the Army in the desert, flying in 115-degree heat, landing and taking off from roads, dry lakebeds, and strips hastily scraped out by Army bulldozers, and sticking close to the troops wherever they went.

Innis P. Swift, commander of the 1st Cavalry Division. Swift became another convert to the cause of the liaison planes and added his voice to those putting pressure on military authorities to adopt them. According to legend, one day Gen. ” However the name was acquired, it stuck, and thereafter all liaison aircraft, but particularly the Piper Cubs, were commonly referred to as grasshoppers, and many L-planes thereafter sported impromptu grasshopper logos on their cowlings or fuselages. 7 Thus was Army Aviation born, growing over the years and wars into the powerful combat force it is today.

Its final version, the Super Cub, was produced up until 1981, and those still flying today are in demand as bush planes in Alaska and other rugged parts of the world. It was these stellar flying characteristics that resulted in the L-4 being chosen by the Army over its competitors for use overseas (for simplicity’s sake, and to standardize overseas shipments of planes and parts, the Army wanted to settle on just one aircraft), while the Taylorcraft L-2 and L-3 Aeronca remained mostly stateside in training roles.

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