One Man's Rescue Mission That Changed the Course of WWII

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"This little-known WWII story introduces a renegade pilot whose personal mission to rescue his family from a POW camp changed modern air warfare forever. December 1941: Manila is invaded, and US citizen and Philippine Airlines manager, Pappy Gunn, is ordered to fly key military command out of the country, leaving his family at home. So Gunn was miles away when the Japanese captured his wife and children, placing them in an internment camp where they faced disease, abuse, and starvation. Gunn spent three years trying to rescue them. His exploits became legend as he revolutionized the art of air warfare, devising his own weaponry, missions, and combat strategies. By the end of the war, Pappy's ingenuity and flair for innovation helped transform MacArthur's air force into the scourge of the Pacific"--
Publisher: New York :, Hachette Books,, 2016
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780316339407
Branch Call Number: 940.544973 G976b 2016
Characteristics: xviii, 523 pages, 8 unnumbered pages plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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Mar 21, 2018

With all due respect for Mr. P.I. Gunn - before I read this book I'd never heard of him. To hear the story told however, the author makes it seem that P.I. Gunn won the second world war by himself with one hand tied behind his back. The description in the book is overly long winded and I found myself on multiple occasions saying under my breath to myself "...ok, enough already, lets move on..." I would suggest that the book be read because there is much historically factual information in it that would interest any closet WWII historian such as myself but make up your own mind about the authors writing style. I for one found it long winded and overly focused on how P.I. rose from the ashes of his difficult childhood and youth to perform what the author would have you believe was a near super human feat. Sorry but again, with all due respect to P.I. Gunn - it almost seemed as if the publisher gave the author a word count bonus or target to shoot for because the story could have been told in about half the time/pages. Needless to say I won't be reading any of the authors other works.


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