This autographical account of one young naval officer's brief World War II career as a carrier Landing Signal Officer details incidents and anecdotes, from the hilarious to the harrowing, drawn from the author's extemporaneous log, maintained during the a
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Paddles! should be catalogued under keywords Naval Aviation, Military History/WWII, Naval Operations, Aviation.From the Back Cover:
Acclaim for John Harper's "Paddles!"
"I have read many books on the accomplishments of the famous World War II Fast Carrier Task Forces - from Harvard Historian Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison on down. As a participant I can say that none give as vivid and realistic a picture of the gritty, day-to-day air operations aboard a fast carrier as 'Paddles!' does - with a few shore escapades thrown in for good measure." Jack M. Barbour, LCDR, USNR Air Combat Intelligence Officer, CVLG-24
"'Paddles!' is a remarkable addition to the history of fast carrier aviation during World War II, highlighting the key role of the Landing Signal Officer as a team player with the pilots during the dangerous carrier landing phase of operations. It is anecdotal in style and format and captures the spirit of carrier based aviation, making for realistic and exciting reading." CDR Warren R. Omark, USNR (Ret.) Torpedo Pilot, VT-24, Navy Cross - DFC - Air Medals
"In reading 'Paddles!', one gets a whole new insight into what makes an LSO tick. It was a grand experience for an old fighter pilot to see through the mind and eyes of the man with the paddles, in whom we entrusted so much - a job well done!" CAPT Collin I. Oveland, USNR (Ret.) Fighter Pilot, VF-24 - CO VF-781, volunteers of the Korean War, DFC - Air Medals
"The LSO is a very special person to the embarked air group. Johnny Harper was ours. His story, 'Paddles!', tells it like it was, using actual people of the carrier USS Belleau Wood and her air group, projecting the inside feel of combat carrier operations. as one of the participants, I found that Paddles! took me back to those days as nothing else could. It was so real!" CAPT Ben C. Tate, USN (Ret.) Torpedo Pilot, VT-24 - CO Kearsarge and Wasp, Navy Cross - DFC - Air Medals
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