Torpedo Squadron Four - A Cockpit View of World War II

Torpedo Squadron Four - A Cockpit View of World War II

by Gerald W. Thomas

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Overview

This book is an historical account of World War II as seen by Thomas from the cockpit of an Avenger, the US Navy's famous torpedo bomber. Serving on the aircraft carriers USS Ranger, USS Bunker Hill, and USS Essex, Torpedo Four was the only squadron that fought in both the Pacific and Atlantic Theaters.

In an air attack on Bodo, Norway, Thomas' plane was heavily damaged by AA fire. In spite of an oil leak that covered the cockpit canopy and reduced visibility to almost zero, he was able to crash-land on the carrier, saving himself and his two crewmen.

In the Pacific, he participated in attacks on Manilla, Mindoro, Luzon, Formosa, Saigon, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and Japan. He had just returned to the Essex after a strike on Luzon when the carrier was hit by a Kamikaze, killing 16.

Thomas was awarded 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 2 Air Medals, and 2 Presidential Citations for his combat actions in WWII. He retired from the Navy Reserve with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780982870921
Publisher: Doc45 Publications
Publication date: 06/12/2011
Sold by: LULU PRESS
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 14 MB
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Age Range: 16 Years

About the Author

Gerald W. Thomas was born at home in Small, Idaho, in 1919. He grew up on a ranch during the Great Depression. His rural school went only to the 10th grade, so his Mother took his brother and him to California to finish High School and attend Junior College. He graduated from the University of Idaho just in time to volunteer for Navy service following Pearl Harbor. After training, he was assigned as a pilot to Torpedo Squadron VT-4.

Following World War II, he earned a Ph.D in Range Management, and after stints as professor at Texas A&M University and Dean of Agriculture at Texas Tech University, he became president of New Mexico State University. He retired after serving as president for 14 years.

Thomas was awarded 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 2 Air Medals, and 2 Presidential Citations for his combat actions in WWII. He retired from the Navy Reserve with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

He is the author of numerous books, including "A Winding Road To The Land Of Enchantment" and "The Academic Ecosystem."

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