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Centennial of Flight Series #14: From the Pilot Factory, 1942

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In 1939, the United States Army Air Force trained just 1,200 new pilots. Yet, by the end of World War II, airfields had become factories, and 193,440 young men had become pilots. Author William P. Mitchell entered the pilot factory at San Antonios Kelly Field in January 1942. He then went to Garner Field near Uvalde, Texas, for primary training; to Randolph Field for basic; to Brooks Field for advanced flying; and to Del Valle for transition on the C-47.

Mitchells experiences were similar to those of thousands of young men. Because his mother kept his wartime letters, readers of this book can catch glimpses of a world long vanished and an era that now seems innocent and naive. Mitchell worried about washing out, but he eventually learned to do nighttime “blitz” landings without lights, to loop and roll and recover from a spin, to identify an aircraft from its silhouette, and to navigate cross country. Like many of his peers, he wanted to be a pursuit pilot, but he was assigned to C-47s, a disappointment to which he resigned himself. As a member of the 73d Squadron of the 434th Troop Carrier Group, he delivered glider infantry at Normandy, dropped airborne troops during Operation Market Garden, and supplied the 101st Airborne Division during the Battle of the Bulge.

Mitchells letters remind us that learning to fly was a romantic and unexpected adventure for the young men of the Greatest Generation who flew for the USAAF.

About the Author

William P. Mitchell retired in 1992 after a successful career with advertising agencies. He now lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina, and contributes to local newspapers.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781585443871
Author:
Mitchell, William
Publisher:
Texas A&M University Press
Author:
Mitchell, William P.
Subject:
Military - Aviation
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Biography-Military
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Centennial of Flight Series
Series Volume:
14
Publication Date:
20050131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
23 bandw photos.
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.05 lb

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