Title: Higher Than Eagles: Spokane's World War II ...
Publisher: Larry L. Whitesitt
Book Condition: Good
Light shelf wear and minimal interior marks. Bookseller Inventory # G0962908525I3N00
Synopsis: This book tells the stories of 11 valiant WW II pilots from the Spokane, Washington area. Two of the pilots, Lt. Charles Gumm and 2nd Lt. Eugene Shauvin, graduated from John Rogers High School and are in its "Walk of FAME." Both of these pilots gave their lives while flying overseas in the U.S. Army Air Corp. Fighter Pilot Aces and Bomber Pilots (two of which were shot down, one becoming a POW in Japan) tell their remarkable stories. Also included is a beautifully written WW II diary by Phyllis Shauvin. Lt. Charles Gumm flew the new P-51B Mustang fighter as a bomber escort. He was the first to record a kill and the Top Ace in the 354 Group 9th Air Force when he sacrificed his life to save a village.
About the Author: Airplanes were my first love from earliest boyhood memories, and I watched with awe as World War II fighters streaked overhead. I was born in Spokane, Washington and joined the US Naval Reserve in high school and served six years (two years active duty on the USS Hassayampa AO-145 in the Pacific), being honorably discharged April 25, 1958 at Treasure Island, CA. In 1959 I received my first flight lesson, and after 15 flying hours I purchased a Piper J-3 Cub N 42200 for $900 and later an Aeronca Chief. In the 60s and 70s I was a commercial pilot (Bush Pilot) in northern Canada and flew Super Cubs, Cessna 185s, de Havilland Beavers, Otters, Twin Engine Beach 18 - sea planes, Piper Aztecs and the last two licensed B-25s in Canada (WW II Bombers used for water bombing forest fires). In 1971 I began flying my favorite sea plane THE RED BEAVER CF-IBP out of the Yukon into the beautiful, rugged, vast wilderness of the NW Territories and British Columbia and logged over 4,000 hours in sea planes. On June 30, 2003 I happily retired to my home in the small, quaint farming town of Fairfield, Washington, just south of Spokane. I enjoy hiking and kayaking with my grandchildren, traveling, exploring, reading, writing, flying and sometimes I dream that I'm once again flying THE RED BEAVER.
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