Look, Mom – I Can Fly!

By Robert 'Smoky' Vrilakas

From the title alone, we’re in for an adventure with Robert ‘Smoky’ Vrilakas. Drafted into the army just six months before the attack on Pearl Harbor, Vrilakas documents his infantry training and exploits in Army Air Corp flight school. How he learned to fly the P-38 Lightning; how he flew in 51 combat missions above North Africa and Italy; and how he and his compatriots struggled to accept the losses of friends in their attacks on the foe. It’s a first-hand memoir that skips along (some might say skips on the detail), but it singles him out as a diarist who managed to accurately capture the miserable living conditions of pilots on secondment in the second world war.

Featured in:

>> Livestream Thursday 21st May 2020

Share This Book

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp
Share on email

More To Explore