A World War II C-47 Pilot Remembers The Hell He Went Through In World War II

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The National Interest—Warfare History Network History, Americas A painful story. Key point: When we landed the C-46 for the last time on July 20, 1945, I walked away, determined to never fly again. Elmer Wisherd was born on December 1, 1920, in North Dakota. Shortly thereafter, his family moved to a farm in Bruce, Wisconsin. When World War II broke out, he enlisted in the Army, hoping to become a pilot. That dream was not realized, but he became an aviation mechanic and, eventually, a crew chief on Douglas C-47...

Why Japan Turned To Kamikaze Pilots To Terrorize The Allies In World War II. Warfare History Network Security, Asia A desperate strategy. Key point: Pilots did not have to be highly trained to undertake suicide missions. The deliberate crashing into enemy targets by Japanese aviators did not begin at the Battle of Santa Cruz Islands. The first suicide attack against American shipping took place at Pearl Harbor, over eight months earlier, when a bomber crashed into the seaplane tender Curtiss and set her on fire. Attacks of this kind, including the crashes into Hornet...