Air Combat at 20 Feet: Selected Missions from A Strafer Pilot's Diary

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AuthorHouse, Sep 27, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 676 pages
Enter the cockpit and become a co-pilot with a WWII straffer bomber-pilot attacking at 20 feet. In route to the target share his fear and agony. When attack time comes observe that his mental concentration consumes his fear as he fights with 8 machine guns while bombing and maneuvering. Intelligence is his ultimate weapon. An inferno of the target is the result. Departing the target, he fights 10 Jap fighter planes in an hour-long battle. When you reach home base you will say: "I never want to relive that horrendous ordeal."

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About the author (2004)

The Author joined the Air Force and entered pilot training in July 1941.  A year later he flew the Pacific to Australia with no navigational aids except those in Hawaii.  He flew 65 missions being among the first to attack from tree top height.

He was rotated back to the States in November 1943 and became commanding officer of a navigational training squadron.  He was released from active duty in 1946 but remained in the reserves until 1955, retiring with rank of Major.

He practiced trial law for a short time, but shortly changed professions to invest in, develop and finance real estate.  He operated a title insurance company for years.

He retired in 2002, observing the course of history.

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