Off I Went into the Wild Blue Yonder

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A REVEALING BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK
AT THE ARMY AIR CORPS DURING WORLD WAR II

"A true story of the times told with humor and honesty."
--George C. Turpyn, lieutenant colonel, USAF, retired

Author John Knudsen was initially rejected by the navy because of an enlarged heart muscle but managed to enter service with the U.S. Army Air Corps. After enduring and succeeding in a grueling series of flight training camps and schools throughout the ...

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Overview

A REVEALING BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK
AT THE ARMY AIR CORPS DURING WORLD WAR II

"A true story of the times told with humor and honesty."
--George C. Turpyn, lieutenant colonel, USAF, retired

Author John Knudsen was initially rejected by the navy because of an enlarged heart muscle but managed to enter service with the U.S. Army Air Corps. After enduring and succeeding in a grueling series of flight training camps and schools throughout the country, he was sent to the B-17 Bomber Transition School in Columbus, Ohio, and was informed he was in line to be a first pilot on a B-29 and bomb Japan. However, by the time he accrued the 250 hours required for the mission, the Japanese had surrendered.

This autobiography begins with recollections of Knudsen's Depression-era Montana boyhood and culminates with his training and service as a flight instructor and as a B-17 pilot. The author describes his formative years with humor and grace, demonstrating what shaped his values, perspectives, and evident pride for his family and his country.

Following his service, John James Knudsen became a nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist, first with the weekly Catholic newspaper Tidings and later with the San Diego Union Tribune. He has eight children and twelve grandchildren and lives with his wife in San Diego, California. This is his first book.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781589804944
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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