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Born in the Philippines to an American father and a Filipina mother, George Cooper is one of the few surviving veteran pilots who saw action over such fearsome targets as Rabaul and Wewak. Not just another flag-waving story of air combat, Jayhawk describes the war as it really was - a conflict with far-reaching tentacles that gripped and tore at not only the combatants, but also their families, friends, and the way they lived their lives.

Stout examines the story of Cooper’s growing up in gentle and idyllic pre-war Manila and how he grew to be the man he is. At 100 years old, few men are left alive who can share similar experiences. Stout reviews Cooper’s journey to the United States and his unlikely entry into the United States Army Air Forces. Trained as a B-25 pilot, Cooper was assigned to the iconic 345th Bomb Group and flew strafing missions that shredded the enemy, but likewise put himself and his comrades in grave danger. A husband and father, Cooper was pulled two ways by the call of duty and his obligation to his wife and daughter. And always on his mind was the family he left behind in the Philippines who were in thrall to the Japanese.

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  • Ginger
  • 07-10-2020

An absolute must for any student of the Pacific Air War

This is a follow up but separate book to Air Apaches. It is an amazing and thorough look at the 345th from the only living pilot to fight with them from the beginning of the war. A must read that you will enjoy from beginning to end of a true American hero. It also includes amazing background about his life in the Philippines before and leading up to the war.

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  • Carter L.
  • 07-03-2021

Love This Book

A tightly told story of air combat and all its terrors, wrapped within a greater story of love, family and duty. Highly readable and engaging.

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  • Aegis
  • 17-10-2020

Not your average war story.

About as close to how it was as you will get.
Highest recommendation to anyone interested in WW II.

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  • J.Brock
  • 15-06-2021

Jay A. Stout as his best

Jay A. Stout is at his best when writing very specific narrative history about the subject he knows best. And this is one example. It’s more than history. He brings the story of George Cooper to life. And when combined with Robertson Dean’s narration, it’s electric.

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  • Michael
  • 06-07-2021

A Fuller Picture

This book is notable for including more than just the battles and warfare stories. It includes interesting details about life in one of the WW2 Philippine internment camps, the strain on homelife, and other such aspects that offer up a fuller picture of one warrior's wartime experiences.

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