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iUniverse, Aug 17, 2006 - Fiction - 320 pages
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Lt. Lee Marks, a Fifth Air Force P-38 pilot, tastes the blend of excitement and fear as he enters the air war over 1944 New Guinea. In a campaign where the weather claims as many pilots as the Japanese, Marks must quickly learn the idiosyncrasies of both if he is to survive.

A rapid succession of air victories confirms his preparation for combat. But nothing in his training has prepared him for duty under Major Mo Brennan. A triple ace, Brennan manipulates his men and the system as efficiently as he eliminates the enemy. Becoming his leader's Exec, Lee Marks finds himself torn between what works and what is right, what the future might bring-and what he must sacrifice to find out. And he learns along the way that sometimes an airman's toughest battles are fought on the ground.

The rousing story traces the Allied course of action in the unique New Guinea campaign, and it explores the war, the men who make the war, and the natives who find themselves the hosts. The novel is sprinkled with GI humor, the uplifting ingredient that kept it all together, and it pays tribute to that highly sophisticated piece of engineering, Lockheed's P-38 Lightning.

 

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Contents

Section 1
8
Section 2
16
Section 3
25
Section 4
37
Section 5
46
Section 6
51
Section 7
57
Section 8
64
Section 23
167
Section 24
174
Section 25
182
Section 26
192
Section 27
196
Section 28
202
Section 29
208
Section 30
215

Section 9
69
Section 10
75
Section 11
81
Section 12
87
Section 13
93
Section 14
100
Section 15
108
Section 16
115
Section 17
123
Section 18
130
Section 19
136
Section 20
141
Section 21
152
Section 22
159
Section 31
226
Section 32
234
Section 33
243
Section 34
249
Section 35
260
Section 36
266
Section 37
273
Section 38
281
Section 39
292
Section 40
299
Section 41
305
Section 42
314
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Lt. Lee Marks, a Fifth Air Force P-38 pilot, tastes the blend of excitement and fear as he enters the air war over 1944 New Guinea. In a campaign where the weather claims as many pilots as the Japanese, Marks must quickly learn the idiosyncrasies of both if he is to survive.

A rapid succession of air victories confirms his preparation for combat. But nothing in his training has prepared him for duty under Major Mo Brennan. A triple ace, Brennan manipulates his men and the system as efficiently as he eliminates the enemy. Becoming his leader's Exec, Lee Marks finds himself torn between what works and what is right, what the future might bring-and what he must sacrifice to find out. And he learns along the way that sometimes an airman's toughest battles are fought on the ground.

The rousing story traces the Allied course of action in the unique New Guinea campaign, and it explores the war, the men who make the war, and the natives who find themselves the hosts. The novel is sprinkled with GI humor, the uplifting ingredient that kept it all together, and it pays tribute to that highly sophisticated piece of engineering, Lockheed's P-38 Lightning.

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