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A Ride In My Uncle’s Warplane!

I hadn’t guessed that I would not only see, but fly in the aircraft that’s central to my novel about Uncle Herb’s exploits, heroism, and tragic crash-landing on a jungle island. Continue reading

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Unsung Navy Air Heroes of Guadalcanal

I’ve found a first-hand account of the engagement in which Herb’s plane was shot down, his pilot and bombardier where mortally wounded, and he was shot full of metal fragments and bullet holes. Continue reading

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Avenger Pilot Found!

I’ve identified the Navy torpedo bomber pilot who was shot down along with my Uncle Herb while they were attacking an Imperial Japanese task force in the battle for Guadalcanal in 1943. It will take more research to get the details sorted out, but a blockbuster story is definitely in the offing. Continue reading

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