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A True Flyer edited by Senath Rankin

$20.00


A True Flyer: Memories of a World War II Air Apache, by Lieutenant Colonel Jay W. Moore (United States Air Force, Retired) edited by Senath Rankin

 

[From the back cover]

 

"In the first twenty-four years of his life (1921-45), Jay Moore was a grade-school pool shark and a high-school class president.  He worked on his father's farm and traveled by freight train with the help of hobos to make money as a field hand one summer during the Depression.  He was a college student, a teacher, Army pilot and ladies' man- until he met one special lady."

 

"A True Flyer: Memories of a World War II Air Apache chronicles Moore's life - from growing up on a farm in western Illinois through his World War II service. 

In 1943 Moore enlisted in the Army Air Corps and tells funny, colorfull tales of his fifteen months of basic and pilot training: from his solo in the Boeing PT-17 Stearman bi-plane, and advanced training in the T-6 "Texan," before being sent to B-25 bomber training in Greenville, South Carolina.

In the South Pacific, Moore was assigned to the 345th Bomb Group.  Originally nicknamed the Tree-Top Terrors for their low-level flying technique, the Group later became known as the Air Apaches, and Moore flew B-25s named "Cactus Kitten", "Apache Princess", and "Lazy Daisy Mae".

A True Flyer ends as World War II is ending and Moore returns to Greenville to marry Billie, the sweetheart he met during his final phase of pilot training."

 

Copyright 2010 by Jay W. Moore & Senath Rankin

 

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