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An autobiography of a naval aviator who flew over 100 combat missions in the Korean War. Tex Atkinson flew F4U Corsairs and AD Skyraiders. He served on the USS Princeton and USS Boxer.
An important contribution to the history of naval aviation with detailed and often chilling accounts of combat flying during the Korean War and of straight-deck carrier operations during that time. Includes excellent descriptions of the flying characteristics (and hazards) of the Corsair and Skyraider.
Also a very human story with accounts of the author's growing up years in Hillsboro, Texas and his attendance at Southwestern University. There is an interesting account of a Willie Nelson concert to benefit the restoration of the Hill County courthouse which burned to the ground and was completely rebuilt to look like the original.
Book includes two photo sections (32 pages total) of excellent personal and naval aviation photography.
This is a much expanded and much higher quality edition than the paperback edition published by Publish America. DO NOT CONFUSE THE TWO. There is little comparison.
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"From the Cockpit, Coming of Age in the Korean War" and is written by a Texas native, Tex Atkinson. This is an autobiography. Tex grew up in Hillsboro, just north of Waco. After WWII he joined the Navy and became a carrier pilot. He soon found himself involved in the Korean War in which he flew over 100 combat missions. He flew mostly dive bomber, attack aircraft.
His book is full of great flying stories and of gut-wrenching accounts of fellow aviators and friends losing their lives in combat. It is also a book of sweet memories of his youth in Hillsboro, his college years at Southwestern, his joy of flying, his family and close friends.
Not much has been written about the Korean War, particularly the part played in the war by carrier based aircraft. Tex and his fellow pilots would fly just feet off the ground to bomb or strafe enemy positions only a few hundred yards from our soldiers. They would also dive bomb enemy targets through intense antiaircraft fire in order to destroy North Korean supply depots, factories, railroad facilities, bridges, and hydroelectric dams. Tex lost close friends on such missions.
This is a war book written with great sensitivity and feeling - a book that is largely about life and the value of friends and family. It is an unusual war book in that it can be read and enjoyed by women. We have asked several women to read it, with good results.
This is a hardback book with full cloth binding. It is beautifully designed and made of quality materials. It has 272 pages, 32 of which are photos.From the Inside Flap:
Look through the eyes of a sensitive storyteller at a time when America and the world held firmly to values that today seem much changed. The time was 1950 to 1953.
Thousands of our fighting men and women were dying in a far off land called Korea while our country was trying desperately to forget the horrors of World War II and begin a new life. The result was a war that remained almost buried in the minds of our nation.
Tex Atkinson takes us back to those days and to the Depression years that led to them.
His often gut-wrenching accounts of Navy combat flying, interspersed with tales of growing up in the small town of Hillsboro, Texas, ring true with every word. From the laughter of young friends in the cotton-blossom air of Hillsboro, to the frantic "Mayday! Mayday!" call of a carrier pilot about to meet sudden death, Tex reveals his life as a Korean War veteran with pathos and humor.
The Korean War has been largely ignored. The histories that have been written usually focus on land battles that were fought in freezing weather over rugged mountain terrain. Other books have told of fighter aces dogfighting with enemy MiGs, but few books or movies portray the actions of Navy carrier pilots in the Korean War. These pilots laid waste to North Korean supply routes by bombing bridges, tunnels, dams, and storage depots. Some carrier pilots did engage MiGs, but the air war in Korea was mostly a war of close air support. Knocking out supply routes and destroying enemy troops just a short distance from our fighting men were the most pressing jobs. Often flying just feet off the ground, they suffered heavy losses from anti-aircraft fire. Returning in a damaged aircraft to their carrier, hoping that they would not have to ditch in freezing water, was just an added hazard.
This is much more than just another pilot story. It is a story of life, war, and family. The reader who enjoys history, aviation, or just a good book is invited to join Tex Atkinson in his view From the Cockpit.
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