Rambling Memories of a World War II Fighter Pilot




Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 07/07/2006

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 212
ISBN : 9781425920166

About the Book

I really wrote this book because of what happened when I was talking to four young guys at a friend’s party.  They seemed to be fascinated to hear about my World War II combat experiences.  They kept urging me, for instance, to tell them more about when I, as a Naval fighter pilot in the Pacific, joined up on four Jap fighters, an event I describe later in the book.  They sat so mesmerized listening that as I wound up the story I couldn’t help stretching the truth a bit by telling them I made too steep a dive at the end of the encounter, went into the drink and drowned.  Up to that last part they were sitting on the edge of their seats, hanging on every word.  Then, as they realized I was only pulling their legs with the part at the end, they wanted to hear more stories.  It got me thinking that maybe my wartime yarns might also be of interest to others, considering the growing interest in the “World’s Greatest Generation” and World War II.  Hence this book

About the Author

Doug McLaughlin, Cdr. USN (ret), was born in Canada in 1921.  His family moved to California when he was in grade school, and he grew up in the--then--small town of Beverly Hills along with a lively group of buddies who still keep in touch.  He left the University of Southern California in 1942 to train as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot, and was soon seeing action in the Pacific. 


Now living on Camano Island, WA, the author and his wife, Avonne, enjoy traveling to USC Trojan  football games and celebrated their 59th anniversary snorkeling with the Oceanic Society in Belize.  They raised four children and have five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.