I Was Just a Radioman: The Memoirs of a WW2, Pearl Harbor Survivor Kindle Edition
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This self-published monograph was compiled by Ms. Ackerson to preserve the family history of Aviation Chief Radioman Henry Lawrence's service in World War II. The audience at which the book is directed is family and friends. Henry Lawrence, in June 1940 at the age of seventeen, joined the U.S. Navy Reserve unit at Newport, Rhode Island. On 12 May 1941, he was called to active duty and sent to Aviation Radio School at NAS Sand Point outside of Seattle, Washington. On 19 November 1941, he arrived in Hawaii as an Aviation Radioman and was assigned to VP 22 located on Ford Island. VP 22 at this time was flying PBY-5 Catalina flying boats.
Chief Lawrence's tale of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is told in six pages, which add little to what has already been written about the 7 December 1941 Japanese attack on Ford Island. His service in the Pacific Theater from 1943 to 1945 was as a radioman on board PBY-5 Catalinas of VPB 71. His service in VPB 71 is told through a series of vignettes that focus on the carrying out of nocturnal patrols in the waters of the Southwest Pacific and off the coast of Formosa. These flights, Black Cat Missions, were carried out by flying at 1,000 feet above the sea, searching for Japanese merchant ships to attack. These vignettes are full of nuggets of information about U.S. Navy Black Cat operations during World War II.
Chief Lawrence's account of his service in World War II ends with The war's over! I will thank Colonel Paul Tibbets, his Enola Gay, and celebrate August 14th for the rest of my life. Once discharged from the Navy, Chief Lawrence spent the next 18-years in the Naval Reserves.
This book is an interesting read, but I suspect that only the hard-core World War II naval aviation aficionado will place this book in his library.
- ASIN : B01MRL3T88
- Publication date : November 16, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 9226 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 76 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #99,629 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Some of the things I thought were quite interesting were the descriptions of the aircraft and how they were used in the war. These flying boats could carry two thousand pounds of bombs and had half a dozen machine guns of various types attached to them. While they were a lacking in elegance in comparison to other period aircraft, they certainly could attack shipping quite successfully.
Another interesting aspect of the book was the personal description of the attack on Pearl Harbor. There were some details mentioned here that I was not completely aware of. It was also hard to imagine such a young man being present at such a major and tragic event.
This book is told very much in the style of a fireside chat. It lacks some details in places where it would have been nice to know more. However, if you see it as an old man telling a story it is quite fascinating in places. When a book is this good it is hard not to want more.
Interesting read. Plan on letting friends who enjoy World War 2 bios know about this book!