The gripping personal story of a Falklands Fighter Ace. David Morgan, RAF officer and poet, relives his experiences during the Falklands War in this vivid memoir.
Author: David Morgan
Publisher: Hachette UK
The gripping personal story of a Falklands Fighter Ace. David Morgan, RAF officer and poet, relives his experiences during the Falklands War in this vivid memoir. On secondment to the Royal Navy when the Argentine invasion of the Falklands began and personally credited with shooting down two Argentine Skyhawks as well as enemy helicopters, Morgan was later awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. Here he recounts his involvement in the first British air-strike against Argentine positions around Port Stanley and describes being first on the scene when enemy jets bombed the landing ships SIR TRISTRAM and SIR GALAHAD. Including the author's heartfelt letters sent back to England to close family and friends, HOSTILE SKIES dramatically recalls what it was really like to fight, live and love during the Falklands War.
... the impact military service had on the home front, and the horror of combat from
the cockpit of a B-24 should find this book useful and captivating.
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Author: James M. Davis
Publisher: University of North Texas Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
James "Jim” Davis lived what he considered "an impossible dream” as he piloted a B-24, as part of the 8th Air Force, on nearly thirty missions in the European Theatre during World War II. In this memoir, Davis offers heart-wrenching detail concerning the difficulties of qualifying for the U.S. Army Air Forces pilot program, the strenuous nature of the pilot training program, the anxiety caused by a wartime marriage, and the dangers of flying combat missions over Nazi Germany. Few, if any, other memoirs provide the genuineness and honesty of his story. From his struggles to become a pilot, to seeing death up close on his first mission, to his expected deployment to the Pacific Theatre in the fall of 1945, Davis takes the reader through a fast-paced and exciting narrative adventure. Davis and his crew flew support missions for Operations Cobra and Market Garden and numerous bombing missions over occupied Europe in the summer and fall of 1944. He piloted his B-24 on missions over twenty German cities, including Cologne, Hamburg, Metz, and Munich, and attacked enemy airfields, airplane factories, railroad marshalling yards, ship yards, oil refineries, and chemical plants. While he and his crew survived without serious injuries, they witnessed the destruction of many of their friends’ planes and experienced serious damage to their own plane on several occasions. Readers of his memoir will come away with a much greater appreciation for the difficulties and dangers of the air war in World War II. David Snead happened upon the memoir and its author during his time at Texas Tech University. He was immediately hooked and began the process of preparing it for publication. Snead met with Davis on several occasions, examined his military records, researched in detail at the National Archives, and investigated numerous published sources in order to corroborate the account and add explanatory notes for context.
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Author: James J. Hudson
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
A combat history of the American Air Service in World War I.
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Author: Thomas Wildenberg
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
In the years following WWI, the U.S. Congress was more interested in disarmament than in funding national defense. For the military services this meant lean budgets and skeleton operating forces. Billy Mitchell’s War recounts the struggle between the Army and Navy air arms for the resources needed to define and establish the role of aviation within their respective services in the period between the two world wars. When Billy Mitchell returned from WW I, he brought with him the deep-seated belief that air power had made armies and navies obsolete. When Congress rejected the concept of a unified air service in 1920, Mitchell and his supporters turned on the Navy, seeking to substitute the Air Service as the nation's first line of defense. While Mitchell proved that aircraft could sink a battleship with the bombing of the Ostfriesland in 1921, he was unable to convince the General Staff of the Army, the General Board of the Navy, the Secretary of War, the Secretary of the Navy, or Congress of the need for an independent air force. When Mitchell turned to the pen to discredit the Navy, he was convicted by his own words and actions in a court-martial that captivated the nation, and was forced to resign in 1925. Rather then ending the rivalry for air power, Mitchell’s resignation set the stage for the ongoing dispute between the two services in the years immediately before WWII.
... carrier crews often flew through hostile skies over enemy-occupied territory
and were subject to interception by enemy fighters Yet even though the troop
carrier mission and the tactical airlift mission that followed it were vital, often
Author: Sam McGowan
Publisher: Author House
In December, 1941 US Army pilots began hauling passengers and cargo around the Philippines after the Japanese attack on Clark Field, thus beginning one of the most important air force missions of World War II. As America greared up to fight the war, dozens of what came to be known as troop carrier squadrons were activated and equipped, usually with Douglas C-47 and C-53 version of the DC-8 transport. Beginning in New Guinea, US Army troop carrier crews became a crucial part of the effort to turn the tide of war. In Europe troop carrier squadrons supported Army airborne forces and provided logistical support for air force squadrons. During the Battle of the Bulge troop carrier crews kept the 101st Airborne Division supplied. After the war, troop carrier squadrons supplied the besieged city of Berlin. Troop carrier crews supported UN forces in Korea, then supported French efforts in Indochina where their successors would become crucial to US efforts in the 1960s and early 1970s. This is their story.
Author: American Aviation Historical SocietyPublish On: 1983
299 . 4 . James J . Hudson , Hostile Skies ( Syracuse : Syracuse University Press
, 1968 ) , pp . 241 - 242 . 5 . Memorandum , GHQ , AEF , May 21 , 1918 , in
Training and Use , p . 299 . The French pilot pool was hastily relocated from Le
... advanced flight instruction, including acrobatics, formation flying, and camera
gun work. More than 750 American pilots trained there. See James Hudson, Hostile Skies: A Combat History of the American Air Service in World War I (
Author: David S. Ingalls
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Hero of the Angry Sky draws on the unpublished diaries, correspondence, informal memoir, and other personal documents of the U.S. Navy’s only flying “ace” of World War I to tell his unique story. David S. Ingalls was a prolific writer, and virtually all of his World War I aviation career is covered, from the teenager’s early, informal training in Palm Beach, Florida, to his exhilarating and terrifying missions over the Western Front. This edited collection of Ingalls’s writing details the career of the U.S. Navy’s most successful combat flyer from that conflict. While Ingalls’s wartime experiences are compelling at a personal level, they also illuminate the larger, but still relatively unexplored, realm of early U.S. naval aviation. Ingalls’s engaging correspondence offers a rare personal view of the evolution of naval aviation during the war, both at home and abroad. There are no published biographies of navy combat flyers from this period, and just a handful of diaries and letters in print, the last appearing more than twenty years ago. Ingalls’s extensive letters and diaries add significantly to historians’ store of available material.
Author: afterwards HODSON HOLFORD (Margaret)Publish On: 1808
ENGLAND ! thy conquering banner flies , Fann'd by the breath of hostile skies ;
And to the quell'd IBERIAN's eyes Recals those times when stories say , That
Britons never lost the Day : Yet on La Plata's shore Wild Triumph lifts her echoing
James J. Hudson , Hostile Skies ( Syracuse , N.Y .: Syracuse University Press ,
1968 ) . 21. John J. Pershing , My Experiences in the World War ( New York :
Frederick A. Stokes Co. , 1931 ) . 22. Francis P. Duffy , Father Duffy's Story (
Author: James H. Hallas
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Squandered Victory is the first book every devoted entirely to the St. Mihiel operation and its ramifications. It details American Expeditionary Force commander John J. Pershing's struggle to form an independent American army in France and the importance of the St. Mihiel operation from both political and military perspectives. Hallas links historical events and details in a way that has never been done on this subject, pulling from a variety of sources to depict motivations, events, and political and military thought. He supports the conclusion - debated by historians and military men for over 75 years - that Pershing might have been able to end the war in September 1918, if not held back by the machinations of the Allies.
However, into reading the book I realized the abundance of THE WRONG STUFF
in the grim reality of flying combat in the hostile skies of Europe during World War
Two and I recalled another dear friend of mine in cadet training, killed in a ...
Author: Truman Smith
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Between April and July 1944, Truman Smith Flew thirty-five bombing missions over France and Germany. He was only twenty years old. Although barely adults, Smith and his peers worried about cramming a lifetime’s worth of experience into every free night, each knowing he probably would not survive the next bombing mission. Written with blunt honesty, wry humor, and insight, The Wrong Stuff is Smith’s gripping memoir of that time. In a new preface, the author comments with equal honesty and humor on the impact this book has had on his life.
Damaged aircraft and those requiring periodic checkups would be attended to in
the extensive Cubi Point maintenance hangars before returning to the hostile skies over North Vietnam. Scaffolding was suspended from the carrier's flight
Author: John Britt
The Spad Driver is a work of fiction portraying the world of a young American sailor who finds himself at war not only with a determined North Vietnamese enemy, but also with a complex assortment of characters involved with a drug ring. The story centers on Dan Roberts, a pilot who enters the Vietnam War with little idea of the actual realities of battle. As Roberts grows to understand the true nature of death and conflict, he finds himself questioning the war itself and the loyalties of his fellow sailors when he is assigned the investigation of the disappearance of a young man named Franklin. During the investigation he uncovers a series of duplicitous characters involved in drug dealings. He soon finds his life threatened by unknown forces, while he tries to overcome the dangers of war. The author contrasts Roberts' investigations with the battles he encounters as he simultaneously faces the overwhelming threat of air combat, the insidious plot of the drug ring and his own personal problems. While focusing on the interactions of the sailors with one another, the author introduces several diverse characterizations. Timothy Bryan and Bobby Thomas are two men close to Roberts but suspected of questionable motives and Peter O'Leary, a sympathetic friend, who is revealed to be responsible for Franklin's death. Ultimately, Roberts must overcome multiple betrayals. The core of The Spad Driver is the description of the complex world that the characters inhabit. The story focuses on the meaning of the Vietnam War through Roberts and the character of Major Nguyen Binh, a disillusioned North Vietnamese intelligence officer, and concludes with the President of the United States reacting to the harsh realities of war.
So some poor bird , when driv'n from its nest , Seeks distant boughs to hide its
beating breast , Thro ' . hostile skies the little wanderer strays , And torn by
vultures , ends its larmloss days . C3 child 7l the thet ice mer ! eek n Ahmed .
The novel covers a two-week period in a day-by-day account of flight operations
and the heroic acts of men flying the hostile skies of North Vietnam. Many of the
exploits in the book are based on the author's Vietnam War experiences as an ...
... they'd all had it — splat! As eager as she was to deny the possibility of personal
extinction while negotiating the hostile skies of United Air Lines, even Ginny was
only faintly comforted by the presence of her seat cushion flotation device. 2 ...
Author: Lisa Alther
Publisher: Open Road Media
Bestselling author Lisa Alther’s classic coming-of-age novel set amidst the changing times of the 1960s American South Growing up in Tennessee in a family of privilege, Ginny Babcock’s world is seemingly idyllic. Her father, the Major, runs the local plant—and, thus, the town—and her mother works on beloved home movies, or “kinflicks,” as her children call them, documenting the quintessential moments of her children growing up. But her mother’s camera isn’t there to capture Ginny’s growing rebellion against her prim Southern upbringing. From her backseat exploits as a popular high schooler, to her late night adventures at the moonshine joint with a greaser boyfriend, to her passionate days with a lover at the militant feminist commune in Vermont, Ginny throws herself into the moment—until, finally, she must return home and look after her ailing mother. Funny, wise, and filled with unforgettable characters, Kinflicks is a captivating novel that draws on the human fallout of turbulent times. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Lisa Alther, including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.
... to behold how vegetable life struggled with the hostile skies, and, in an
atmosphere as chill and damp as that of a cellar, shot forth the buds and
blossoms upon the pear trees, called out the sour Puritan courage of the currant-
bushes, taught ...
Author: Thomas L. Masson
Publisher: The Floating Press
From the moment the first waves of European settlers made their way to the country's shores, Americans have been known for their distinct -- and often peculiar -- sense of humor. This fascinating collection of essays, short stories, and vignettes brings together a cavalcade of literary luminaries who each explore or embody some aspect of American humor.
Author: Randall Thomas WakelamPublish On: 2009-06-25
The factors permitting this outcome included a reduction of the depth of
penetration of raids into hostile skies as the Allies advanced across France and
the Low Countries after D-Day; the steady replacement of Halifaxes with the more
Author: Randall Thomas Wakelam
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
After suffering devastating losses in the early stages of the Second World War, the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force established an Operational Research Section within bomber command in order to drastically improve the efficiency of bombing missions targeting Germany. In The Science of Bombing,Randall Wakelam explores the work of civilian scientists who found critical solutions to the navigational and target-finding problems and crippling losses that initially afflicted the RAF. Drawing on previously unexamined files that re-assess the efficacy of strategic bombing from tactical and technical perspectives, Wakelam reveals the important role scientific research and advice played in operational planning and how there existed a remarkable intellectual flexibility at Bomber Command. A fascinating glimpse into military strategy and decision-making, The Science of Bombing will find a wide audience among those interested in air power history as well as military strategists, air force personnel, and aviation historians.
Dear Fourth Graders, During the course of fighting a war, particularly an air war in
the very hostile skies over North Vietnam, emotions are charged, goals
sometimes clouded and courage is taxed to the limit. Your letters, so warm and ...
Author: Ken Bell
Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.
In 100 Missions North, Ken Bell recounts the harrowing sorties that he and his comrades flew in F-105 Thunderchiefs, the famous "Thud", in 1966-67, when pilots faced a 50 percent loss rate. What was it like to face these odds day after day? We learn that men sustained by faith in each other and joined by the unique bonds of combat can overcome anxiety, fear, and even terror to achieve common goals.
From then on his journey had been hazardous, through difficult, mostly
unexplored terrain, where wild beasts beset him and huge birds dived at him
from hostile skies. He found the headwaters of the Trannadens river, one of the
three great ...
Author: Adrian Cole
Publisher: Open Road Media
The rise of a dangerous sorcerer threatens the fate of humanity in the second grimdark Omaran Saga novel, following A Place Among the Fallen. The wicked city of Xennidhum has fallen—and now Simon Wargallow believes his world is saved. But a new evil has risen to threaten the beleaguered land of mystery and miracle. For out of the wastes of ice comes dire news of a powerful sorcerer king who will unleash the forces of chaos on the unstable empire. And one man, the son Omara’s doomed lord, must shed his disguise and regain his rightful throne before humanity’s final cry. Don’t miss the entire quartet: A Place Among the Fallen, Throne of Fools, The King of Light and Shadows, and The Gods in Anger. “Remarkably fine fantasy . . . Adrian Cole has a magic touch.” —Roger Zelazny
... the hostile skies with fervent concentration. Suddenly the search was over.
Sailor Malan called, 'Tally-Ho! Number One attack-Go!' over the radio and Yellow
Section plunged into action. Catching sight of a wide, loose 'vic' formation (the
Author: John Freeborn
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Acting Pilot Officer John Freeborn reported to RAF Hornchurch on 29 October, 1938. John was posted from Flying Training School to join the already acclaimed 74 Tiger Squadron at eighteen years of age. One of the first people John met when he arrived at the station was Bob Stanford Tuck of 65 squadron. At that time the Squadron was equipped with the Gloster Gauntlet. A Flights Commander was a well built, handsome South African man called Adolf Sailor Malan. On first meeting Malan, John thought he seemed nice enough and soon learnt that he was a determined leader, a fine flyer and an aggressive fighter pilot. He was definitely the best shot there was John recalls. Without question Malan was a brilliant marksman, but I could out fly him and I bloody told him so too.John flew many operations with 74 Squadron in Spitfires during the early years of the war and The Battle of Britain; he was awarded the DFC for his efforts. During a brief respite for 74, John Freeborn was promoted to Flight Lieutenant and on 29 August he was given command of A Flight. In 1941, the first couple of months saw 74 Squadron, now based at Biggin Hill flying across the Channel with 92 and 66 Squadron conducting fighter Sweeps and Circus sorties over the French coast. On 17 February 1941, John Freeborn learnt that he had been awarded a bar to his DFC. At that time he had destroyed twelve enemy aircraft and damaged many more. In December 1941, John Freeborns time with 57 OTU came to an end and shortly after, he was posted to the United States of America as a Liaison Officer. Throughout the following years John would serve in 602 Squadron as a Squadron Leader supernumerary, then onto 118 Squadron as Commanding Officer and then finally he became the RAFs youngest Wing Commander, responsible for the 286 Italian Wing stationed at Grottaglie. In 1946 John Connell Freeborn DFC and Bar left the Royal Air Force with honor and distinction.