One Man's Rescue Mission That Changed the Course of WWII

Book - 2016
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When hostilities erupted in December 1941, Pappy Gunn was living in Manila with his family, working as a manager for Philippine Airlines. Unfortunately, when the Japanese finally marched on Manila the Air Force ordered him to fly key Army Air Force personnel out of the country. The order left him with the most important decision of his life, for he was already preparing to fly his family to safety. Whom would he take first?

Unbeknownst to Pappy, MacArthur's staff deceived him by telling him he had time to do both. While he took off from Manila with his plane full of VIP's, the Japanese captured his wife and four children. Throwing them into the infamous Santo Tomas Internment camp, Pappy's family suffered through abuse, privation, disease and starvation.

Betrayed by his own high command, and driven by guilt, fury and devotion to his family, Pappy Gunn spent the next three years trying to rescue his loved ones. His exploits became legend: He flew four times the number of combat missions of men half his age, extracting spies, sinking enemy ships, and building airfields under the nose of the Japanese. He revolutionized the art of air warfare in the process by devising his own weaponry, missions, and combat strategies. By the end of the war, Pappy's ingenuity and flair for innovation helped transform MacArthur's air force into the scourge of the Pacific.

Publisher: New York : Hachette Books, ©2016.
ISBN: 9780316339407
Characteristics: xviii, 523 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations, maps, portraits ;,24 cm


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Mar 21, 2018

With all due respect for Mr. P.I. Gunn - before I read this book I'd never heard of him. To hear the story told however, the author makes it seem that P.I. Gunn won the second world war by himself with one hand tied behind his back. The description in the book is overly long winded and I found myself on multiple occasions saying under my breath to myself "...ok, enough already, lets move on..." I would suggest that the book be read because there is much historically factual information in it that would interest any closet WWII historian such as myself but make up your own mind about the authors writing style. I for one found it long winded and overly focused on how P.I. rose from the ashes of his difficult childhood and youth to perform what the author would have you believe was a near super human feat. Sorry but again, with all due respect to P.I. Gunn - it almost seemed as if the publisher gave the author a word count bonus or target to shoot for because the story could have been told in about half the time/pages. Needless to say I won't be reading any of the authors other works.

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