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Private to Pilot Ww2 Thomas G. Dye

Private to Pilot Ww2

Thomas G. Dye

Published June 30th 2003
ISBN : 9781412017152
Paperback
76 pages
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A boy in his teens when Pearl Harbor was attacked entered service as soon as circumstances permitted. Assigned to the 88th Infantry Division on leaving Southern California, Oklahoma was anything but pleasant. He survived the freezing nights in theMoreA boy in his teens when Pearl Harbor was attacked entered service as soon as circumstances permitted. Assigned to the 88th Infantry Division on leaving Southern California, Oklahoma was anything but pleasant. He survived the freezing nights in the field, the morning tick inspections, and the attitude of his peers on qualifying for transfer to the Air Corps.Enduring the stress and hazing of Cadet Training he completed RTU as a First Pilot of a B-52, Mitchell Medium Bomber, (the aircraft Col. James Dolittle used in the first attack on the Japanese Homeland). That boy (ME) with assembled crew, was assigned a new B-52 and flew across the Pacific for duty with the 345th Bomb Group, 501st Squadron of the 5th Air Force. I was on a combat flight when the word of the A Bomb drops and the pending surrender was radioed and I was present when the planes of the 345th arrived at Ie Shima (off Okinawa) escorting the Betty Bombers from Japan with the surrender envoys. The devastation of Nagasaki was observed from the air at low level and the destruction of Hiroshima from the ground. Peace was finally obtained but at a great price.