Air Combat With the Mighty 8th: A Teenage Warrior in World by William L. Cramer

By William L. Cramer

From Wikipedia: plane have been used for reconnaissance, as warring parties, bombers and ground-support, and every function used to be complicated significantly. Innovation incorporated airlift (the power to fast stream constrained high-priority provides, gear and personnel);[335] and of strategic bombing (the bombing of civilian components to wreck and morale).[336] Anti-aircraft weaponry additionally complicated, together with defences corresponding to radar and surface-to-air artillery, equivalent to the German 88 mm gun. using the jet airplane used to be pioneered, and even though past due advent intended it had little impression, it ended in jets turning into ordinary in world wide air forces.[337] ~~~ Advances have been made in approximately each point of naval struggle, such a lot particularly with plane companies and submarines. even supposing at the beginning of the warfare aeronautical battle had particularly little good fortune, activities at Taranto, Pearl Harbor, the South China Sea and the Coral Sea proven the service because the dominant capital send instead of the battleship.[338][339][340] within the Atlantic, escort companies proved to be an essential component of Allied convoys, expanding the powerful defense radius and supporting to shut the Mid-Atlantic gap.[341] companies have been additionally less expensive than battleships as a result of the quite reasonably priced of aircraft[342] and their now not requiring to be as seriously armoured.[343] Submarines, which had proved to be a good weapon through the First international War[344] have been expected via each side to be vital within the moment. The British targeted improvement on anti-submarine weaponry and strategies, resembling sonar and convoys, whereas Germany inquisitive about bettering its offensive potential, with designs corresponding to the kind VII submarine and wolfpack tactics.[345] progressively, bettering Allied applied sciences comparable to the Leigh mild, hedgehog, squid, and homing torpedoes proved positive. ~~~ Land battle replaced from the static entrance traces of worldwide struggle I to elevated mobility and mixed arms...

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We entered the PX and went to the back of the store, where military clothing was located. When we walked up to the counter, the salesgirl was bent over the counter, looking at some invoices. When she raised up, her face was just six inches from the face of Clark Gable. Her mouth flew open, she gasped something, and wet her pants. It was obvious because a puddle ran out from under the counter. Lieutenant Gable was every bit the gentleman and pretended not to notice, but he did move his feet a little to the side.

I met Paul walking by and he asked me what I was doing in the bomb trainer. " I suspect that he had reviewed my military records, found I was a trained bombardier, and was waiting for me to tell him why I wore gunner instead of bombardier wings. We went to the PX, where we met the men we had already selected, and got some hamburgers and milkshakes. That night Paul and I went into Tampa. Paul had a date and I wanted to have a good meal at the Floridian Hotel and be alone with my thoughts about where I was headed.

It caused our day coach to smell worse than a cattle feed lot. There were poker games in the baggage car and crap games all over the train, even though gambling was strictly taboo. I played a little and won a little, but some of the guys lost everything they owned. Alcohol was also prohibited, but everyone who wanted a bottle seemed to have one. I drank too much Jack Daniels with some friends the third night of our trip and I had never been so sick as on the morning after, probably because of the rocking of the train.

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