Carrier Pilot: One of the greatest pilot's memoirs of WWII - a true aviation classic.
‘OF ALL THE AIRCRAFT I HAD EVER SEEN, THESE WERE THE MOST WICKED-LOOKING BASTARDS. THE CORSAIR LOOKED TRULY VICIOUS …’
In 1942 Norman Hanson learnt to fly the Royal Navy’s newest fighter: the US-built Chance Vought Corsair. Fast, rugged and demanding to fly, it was an intimidating machine. But in the hands of it
Lieutenant Commander Normal Hanson was born in 1914 in the village of Keighley, Yorkshire. He served in the Royal Navy from 1941 to 1 ...more
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NH. has penned a World War II, British fleet arm, military aviation action adventure,b which begins with a young British pilot going through pilot training at NAS Pensacola where he learns the basic fundamentals of flight. As he advances through training he meets and has a good time in the Pensacola area. From NAS Pensacola he goes to NAS Opka Locka for advanced training. Upon completion he enters the ...more
I have read probably 100 books on World war II, most by historians or biographers. This one is different. Being a memoir, it is, of course, filled with details of various battles from a pilots first person perspective but also contains numerous quips that will have you rolling on the floor. Keep in mind, the author is a British pilot so it is a British sense of humor but it is so rich that I actually burst out laughing in spots. It's a very good read and I highly recommend it to ...more
This is one man's report of learning to fly then training for war as a carrier based pilot in the Pacific. Detailed and personal the story moves back and forth between machines then the men,and friends,that flew them. Many did not return home. Death occurred when least expected and, at times, as expected when brave men tried to inflict more damage on the enemy. A good read.
Interesting details about flying, carrier takeoffs and landings and the general risks of flying and combat.
A worthwhile Read, I enjoyed it greatly. the duty of one pilot from training to the end of the war. The Pacific war is covered in around the last half of the story but the whole of it is entertaining. Mr Hanson captures you with amazing descriptions of procedures and of experiences of both be and his comrades in arms. I found myself quite sad when I got to the end. That is the mark of a great book/store it always leaves you wanting More.
This book focuses mostly on the training and non air combat experiences of a British flyer in the Pacific theatre of the war. I was disappointed in the little time devoted to the actual combat experiences of the pilot. I would not recommend this book to anyone looking for more action. I was forced to skim over a third of it to stay awake.
I am associated with two very well known aviation museums - this book has enlightened me and will provide "backstory" anecdotes about military aviation in war time.
Well written, easy to understand for an American, even with a decidedly British flair. Loved his perception of America, and his honest opinion about America’s racially charged history. Only a foot note on that subject compared to the bulk of the story but worth noting. Get a taste for the treacherous, thrilling life of fighter pilot in WW2.
Not much is known about the heroic effort of the Corsair's use in WWII by the Royal Navy, as the U. S. Marines use of the Corsair in WWII in the Pacific Theater and Korea has the most press in the U.S. Well documented and clearly lays out the danger they incurred in use of the Corsair. It is an aviation classic.
A very real review of history for those of who lived during those days. Certainly a great bit of history for the younger generations. One would think that man would not even think about starting a War. Something that many Politician's
Need to learn. Great job by the Author.
This was a truly riveting story to read! I thought that after looking at the number of pages it would take a bit to read. It took only 3 nights!! I learned a lot and was mesmerized by the telling of his escapades, his close calls, and life on the ship. I was truly saddened by his re-telling of the loss of friends and .comrades during his flight time!!
Very informative about the war though. Was an interesting read.
Few books can transport the reader enough to cause rapid breathing, this one did several times and then often added humor relief too. This is a must read for WW II history buffs and even more so if you are interested in aircraft!
and military insight.
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