By Robert J. Mrazek
One of many nice untold tales of global struggle II ultimately involves gentle during this exciting account of Torpedo Squadron 8 and their heroic efforts in assisting an outmatched U.S. fleet win serious victories at halfway and Guadalcanal. those 35 American men--many flying outdated aircraft--changed the process background, occurring to turn into the war's so much adorned naval air squadron, whereas discomfort the heaviest losses in U.S. naval aviation history.
Mrazek paints relocating photographs of the boys within the squadron, and exposes a surprising cover-up that expense many lives. full of exciting scenes of conflict, betrayal, and sacrifice, A sunrise LIKE THUNDER is destined to turn into a vintage within the literature of worldwide conflict II.
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In the spring of AIRCREW INDUCTION IN THE UNITED KINGDOM 37 1940, when the squadron moved to RAF Martlesham Heath, he moved with them. From 7 May 1941 to 15 February 1942 he remained at RAF Wittering. He volunteered for aircrew duties in spring 1941, and was found qualified for pilot training, but Fry, by now a temporary corporal, had to wait until February 1942 before remustering as a pilot under training. Many cadets were to value the training that they received at the initial training wings to which they were sent in fifty-man flights.
The Lend-Lease Bill recognised the urgent need for both the aircraft and the aircrew to fly them. The first US-based training scheme saw the arrival of ten Royal Air Force students at the Pan-American Airways Navigation School at Coral Gables and Dinner Key, Florida, on 24 March 1941. Here they were trained in the complexities of navigation by some of the best in the business - men who were used to precise navigation over featureless oceans. Help in getting this scheme started came from Group Captain George C.
Pirie MC, DFC, British air attach6 in Washington until June 1941. The Pan-American Airways facility was also used by students from the United States Army Air Corps (re-named the US Army Air Force after 20 June 1941). When the U S M F established their own navigation schools in Louisiana, Texas and California, the Royal Air Force was persuaded to take up the spare capacity with Pan-Am by increasing its draft to 150 students in July 1941. Originally lasting 12 weeks, the course was extended to 15 weeks, and much work was done to make it relevant to the needs of the RAF.