Cobra Combat

by Robert E. Case


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£10.95
Hardcover
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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/20/2013

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 232
ISBN : 9781481722759
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 232
ISBN : 9781481722766

About the Book

That little voice was screaming in the back of my mind, but there was nothing wrong with the aircraft, so I overrode the warning and concentrated on the inner circle of the gun sight. The soldiers manning the gun pit started to bail out of the trench and beat feet from the impact area, and then it dawned on me. That little voice was not mine, it was a recalled instruction from one of the old heads – NEVER concentrate on the gun sight, always concentrate on the target. I was too low, I was going to auger in to the gun pit at over 354 miles per hour and at that speed they wouldn’t even look for the tiny pieces of my remains to ship home.


About the Author

TV journalist Tom Brokaw’s book “The Greatest Generation” is the story of a generation born during the “Great War” who survived the Spanish Influenza, the Great Depression, and fought for freedom in a global war. To quote the author – “these men and women fought not for fame and recognition, but because it was the right thing to do. When they came back they rebuilt America into a superpower. No other society in history ever produced such a generation.”


Robert E Case was of this generation. He never thought he was anything special. He flew 167 combat missions against the empire of Japan in an antiquated underpowered aircraft against a numerically superior, better trained, and better equipped enemy and never once thought that what he did was anything special. He flew and fought when the United States was not winning, the enemy was not defeated or strangled by lack of supply, and the outcome of the war was unknown – yet each morning he climbed aboard his P39 Airacobra and took to the skies – and there was (according to him) nothing special in that.


Robert was awarded 13 Combat Air Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross – if you asked him why he was awarded the Air Medals - his response was that he ate his oatmeal; if you asked him why he was awarded the DFC – he would say it was because he didn’t complain about eating his oatmeal.