Hell in the Heavens : the True Combat Adventures of a Marine Fighter Pilot in World War Two by Captain John M. Foster
Washington, D.C. : Zenger Publishing Company, 1981. Unabridged edition. Hardcover. 320 pages ; B/w photographs ; 21 cm. Price clipped dust jacket with minimal wear. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is firm.
"What happened to me and to others in my story was not far different from the experiences of every fighting man. Some had more arduous experiences, others less, but we all had the same feeling when we heard the whistle of a bomb on its way down. We all felt the same way about dehydrated potatoes. We were all just as anxious to get back home. And for most of the men who went over and did their job well, it was return without glory."
HELL IN THE HEAVENS
by Captain John M. Foster, USMCR
Hell in the Heavens may well be the most authentic account of "the way it was" in the South Pacific in the fateful years of 1943 and 1944 ever to appear in print. In its stories—some Famous, some little known—of the Marines who flew the Corsair, it re-creates for all time the drama, the excitement, the danger—and the boredom—experienced by the Americans who came to know such faraway places as Guadalcanal, Vella Lavella and Espiritu Santo.
John Foster joined the Navy early in 1942 and, after transferring to the Marines and completing flight training, he joined the newly formed VMF 222, the "Flying Deuces," at Midway. After a brief stop at Guadalcanal's Henderson Field, the squadron went into action at Munda and there began an odyssey which was to last until the end of World War II and which was to take the men of the Flying Deuces from Munda to Vella Lavella (where the Deuces participated in the first fighter sweep over Rabaul) to Bougainville to the Green Islands to Samar and finally to Okinawa.
John Foster fought side by side with some of the great heroes of the wai Pappy Boyington, Joe Foss, Robert Hanson, Zeke Swett and main other! —and he records their personalities and exploits. But he also knew the "ordinary" men, the pilots whose names do not appear in the record books of Marine Corps aces, the crewmen whose tireless efforts kept the Corsairs flying—and it is their proud and unsung story which forms the heart of his book.
To those millions who experienced combat in the South Pacific HELL IN THE HEAVENS will be of special interest. And for all Americans who take pride in this country's valiant heritage, it is a book to be treasured, a stirring addition to the literature of America's participation in World War II.
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