War in New Guinea
This page: Signaller Johnston - Angels Twenty
- 96th Engineers (Colored)
High above the treacherous Owen Stanley Ranges of New
Guinea, Park flies his dodgy, yet beloved, war-issue P-39 Airacobra against the sleek and
deadly Japanese Zeroes. Book combines favorite subjects of fighter pilot
missions, affinity between man and plane, and human factors in wartime in a read that will
please aviators and non-aviators alike.
Edward Park wasn't an instinctive flyer, but he
learned. By the end of World War II, he was not only one with his plane, he
had lived through a strange and terrible time. In Angels Twenty, he takes you
back to the Beaver Squadron's war-without posturing, without heroics, but with great humor
and respect for his old mates. Green as grass, the American boys were dumped
in Australia, ready to do their bit in the war against Japan.
But the New Guinea jungle wasn't all what they had
expected. Park is a gifted writer as well as a fine pilot. His vivid memories
will grip you, from his first combat mission to the last, through many tense stories when
everyone was obsessed with but one goal-getting home alive. The thrill and
terror of aerial combat, the monotony of endless patrols, the dry, sometimes loony humor
of the men on the ground-and wonderfully live again in the pages of Angels Twenty.
Johnston's Secret War:
New Guinea 1943-45
by Peter Pinney
The Australian fighting man
in the jungles of New Guinea
One of the best books written on the subject, Peter Pinney writes easily and candidly
about his experiences as a Signaller with the Australian Imperial
Forces in PNG and The Solomons. Creeping through jungles,
seeking the feared Japanese 'warrior', Pinney relates the
thoughts and fears of his companions, from the pompous officers to the blood thirsty
soldier and coward alike, he draws the characters with a simple, life giving ink and
paints the steaming jungle backdrop with a magical brush. Fact and
fiction interweave, I suspect, but the resulting story is of high class.
Even if you are not interested in the subject, this is still a
fantastic trilogy and one that at least every Australian should read!
War, and the 96th Engineers (Colored):
The World War II New Guinea Diaries of Captain Hyman Samuelson
by Hyman Samuelson, Gwendolyn Midlo Hall
A uniquely human perspective of race, war and
love. Contemperaneously made diaries and correspondence of Captain Hymie
Samuelson, a young Jewish man from New Orleans, introduces the reader to the life of this
soldier in the jungles of the South Pacific. The author matures before your
eyes during the two and one-half years he leads a segregated engineering unit in New
Guinea. The tragedy of his personal life reminds us that war is fought by mere
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