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The Night Hawks Dale Gray

The Night Hawks

Dale Gray

Published March 1st 2001
ISBN : 9780595155699
Paperback
325 pages
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Anti-aircraft shells from ground fire sounded like hail against the hull of the plane. John looked around and could see tracer rounds coming up through the bottom of the hull and going out the top of the plane, not more than a couple of feet awayMoreAnti-aircraft shells from ground fire sounded like hail against the hull of the plane. John looked around and could see tracer rounds coming up through the bottom of the hull and going out the top of the plane, not more than a couple of feet away from his back.The huge, slow-moving PBM seaplanes flew by day, searching out enemy shipping. In the darkness of the night they returned, to attack and destroy. Although these squadrons played a vital role in World War II, almost nothing has been published about the lives and experiences of the young men who formed the crews for these missions. This is the gritty true-to-life story of one of these crews in the Pacific theater. Sent on a suicide mission to bomb an enemy airstrip, these men soon found out that the war was not about glory and heroism, but was about hardship, pain and death. Surviving against all odds, they found that the true enemy was not the Japanese, but was the corrosive influence of the war itself.