Flight Deck by Robb White

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  • David A. Thomas said 7 months, 1 week ago:

    https://www.amazon.com/Flight-deck-Robb-White/dp/B0007E3TTI

    I read this book in junior high, with little sense of its literary value (which is actually pretty strong). I was just captivated by the story of a mediocre Dauntless pilot based on the Enterprise who finally had his day–only to get wounded and lose his chance to fly. He then becomes a coast watcher in the Slot.

    My love for the Dauntless was cemented by this book, and also my rather romantic notion of the open-air rear gunner’s nest in any number of different aircraft.

    Thanks for the invitation, David!

  • Jeff Bailey said 7 months, 1 week ago:

    I’m gonna have to look into this book.

    David, my Dad flew (among other planes) SBDs during WWII. He and another SBD (crew) both “ganged up” on and shot down a Japanese “Betty” bomber during 1942 or 3. (But I’m not claiming it was painted all white. LoL)

    @davidathomas

  • david leigh-smith said 7 months, 1 week ago:

    Ah, an ‘Enterprise’ book that I missed – thanks, David. Appreciated.

  • bob mack said 7 months, 1 week ago:

    paul newman and richard boone were navy rear gunners…brian keith a marine one

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