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A Marine Night-Fighter Pilot in World War II

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A Marine Night-Fighter Pilot in World War II

Colonel R. Bruce Porter with Eric Hammel

"My first time at the controls of the N3N was a nightmare of jerky, uncoordinated movements, over-corrections, needless exertions, and red-faced certainty that I did not, in fact, have the right stuff. The instructor calmly got me—and himself—out of trouble and never uttered a sound of dismay. Until we were safely on the ground. Then he looked at me—a wet rag, sweating fear and embarrassment into my bulky flight suit—and said just the thing to make my day: 'Porter, you will never solo. You are the dumbest cadet I have ever laid eyes on.'"
Ace! is Bruce Porter's life as a Marine combat fighter pilot—from his earliest days as a naval aviation cadet before World War II, to his adventures guarding America’s forwardmost defense line in the South Pacific, to his aerial combat over the Solomons. Follow Bruce Porter through his exacting night-fighter training and fly with him on his rare double-kill night mission over Okinawa in 1945.
Colonel Robert Bruce Porter, USMCR (Ret) reported for his Last Flight on April 20, 2009.

What the Marine Aces said about Ace!

“From flight training, Bruce Porter’s aeronautical skills as a Marine day- and night-fighter pilot defined the term—fighter ace! Bruce’s book reflects the keen, analytical mind of a fighter pilot’s technical skills projected into combat. This book is a ‘must’ for anyone interested in combat aviation history.” ———Col Jeff De Blanc, Marine Medal of Honor recipient

“[In his book], Bruce relives the challenges, frustrations, and triumphs of training, on to his victories in the Corsair in the Solomons, and then on to attain ace status with a flourish at Okinawa. Read and enjoy a fabulous Marine aviation combat story.” ———BriGen Joe Foss, Marine Medal of Honor recipient

“Bruce Porter’s book is great! It shows the many details and answers many questions about operating from an aircraft carrier. . . . It...

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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: May 01, 2009
  • Publisher: Pacifica Military History
  • Seller: Ingram DV LLC
  • Print Length: 228 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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