The story of a twenty year old enlisted in the US Navy before Pearl Harbor; his flights as turret gunner in torpedo bombers, perilous flying from aircraft carriers, bombing flights from Guadalcanal, attacking and sinking of a Japanese aircraft carrier, and the burial at sea of a German submarine captain in the North Atlantic. From the foreword by Robert Mrazek, author of A Dawn Like Thunder: The True Story of Torpedo Squadron Eight: “This is the story of a true American hero, one of a small group of Americans from every part of the country who joined Torpedo Squadron Eight in the early days of the Second World War. Through a combination of courage, sacrifice, and fate, these men helped to change the course of history at the momentous battles of Midway and Guadalcanal. Their story is truly one for the ages.” Ski Kowaleski’s account of Navy life provides a unique view of what it was like to be a pilot during and after World War II.
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Very interesting story of an average guy making his way through WWII. After several close shaves, you wonder, "What is going to happen to this guy next". Interesting perspective on the air war in the pacific during a pivotal period of the war. Easy read and very interesting. Recommend it highly. William Silver
I enjoyed this book immensely. As a fan of history, it was fascinating to read a first-hand account of Torpedo Squadron Eight in World War II. Ski’s rendition of a sober time in our history, peppered with humor and introspection made his story so engaging. It felt like hearing an old friend relating his experiences over a beer and peppermint schnapps. I loved the tangential accounts of Ski’s Polish mom, and his brush with celebrities like Hopalong Cassidy, Edward G. Robinson, and Glenn Miller. It made history come to life for me! Despite some subtle levity of his historical account, Ski’s bravery, courage, and heroism are all too real. His was truly the Greatest Generation, and we owe them our sincerest gratitude and admiration