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Flying MacArthur to Victory (Texas A & M University Military History) Hardcover – March 1, 1987

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Rhoades, a civilian airline pilot, was recruited by General MacArthur in 1944 as his personal pilot. As thisdiary verifies, this gave him a grandstand seat throughout MacArthur's later campaigns and the surrender of the Japanese. Although the many glimpses of MacArthur's personality are intriguing, it is Lt. General Richard Sutherland, his chief of staff, whose figure is dominant. Rhoades became intimate with this enigmatic man and traces the growing coolness between the two leaders over Sutherland's passion for an Australian womana coolness that developed into an open fight. "I've seen old men go nuts over women before," Rhoades remarks in one entry, "but never like this." In a broader context, the diary sheds light on the conduct of the war in the Pacific, especially the administrative methods of MacArthur and his very able chief of staff. Written by an intelligent and alert young man, the journal is an interesting account of the war from a unique vantage point. Photos. (March
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Product Details

  • Series: Texas A & M University Military History
  • Hardcover: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press; 1st edition (March 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890962669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890962664
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,643,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Flying MacArthur to Victory is the WW2 memoir (published 1987) of Weldon "Dusty" Rhoades, who served as General MacArthur's personal pilot from late 1943 until the end of the war and occupation of Japan. Rhoades got his pilot training in the army in the early 1930s and later left the army to be a pilot for United Airlines. After WW2 started, he became one of many airline pilots to be contracted to the army to perform military transport duties, while maintaining his status as a civilian. In late 1943, Rhoades met General MacArthur while in Australia, and MacArthur expressed a desire to have Rhoades become his personal pilot. Rhoades did so, and received a commission as a major.

From the time he became MacArthur's pilot in late 1943, until returning to the United States and being discharged from the Army in January, 1946, Rhoades had a close-up view to the making of WW2 history in the Pacific. MacArthur and his top commanders discussed planning and strategy in his presence, and when alone with MacArthur or his chief of staff, General Richard Sutherland, Rhoades was treated as a trustworthy confidante. Like most who came into personal contact with MacArthur, Rhoades was convinced of the general's greatness. Although the title of the book mentions MacArthur, it was chief of staff Sutherland who took up more of Rhoades' time than anyone. He developed an especially close relationship with Sutherland, due largely to Sutherland's being himself a pilot, and wanting to fly almost every day. This memoir of Rhoades' is unique in my experience as someone who has read dozens of accounts of the Pacific War: it presents the only sympathetic portrait of Richard Sutherland that I have encountered.
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Format: Paperback
For me, just reading the part about how Dusty Rhoades happened to become the pilot who "flew MacArthur to victory" is worth the price of the book. Talk about being at the right place at the right time with the right stuff! MacArthur personally chose Rhoades to be his pilot and how he made that choice lends some insight into what made MacArthur a great General. A good leader knows competence when he sees it.

But that isn't all, this book is loaded with hundreds of delightful details about long range flight and the people on those flights.

I read the hardback version back in 1988, I believe it was. I did not want this book to end, it is fascinating history about people and airplanes, but a warning to aviators, it`s mostly about people.

October 1, 2011
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Received as expected. Good quality. Timely arrival.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cathy Olson on April 20, 2013
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My husband has wanted this book for a long time. When he got it he could barely put it down. It has a special meaning for him since he knew people that fought under MacArthur.
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