By Herbert Brooks Hatch
Memoirs of a WWII Fighter Pilot
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Blue flight had come in a short time before and had met no enemy. It was noon and my elapsed time on the mission was six hours, fiftyfive minutes. I don't think I had enough gas left to make it around the circuit if I had missed my first approach. E. Johnson. It turned out they had to land on the ", little island of Vis off the Yugo coast, which was held by a bunch of British commandos, and they had gotten enough fuel to get home. /t a week aJdebriefing, and a little "medicinal ler his historic June 10 mission, alcohol" that the flight surgeon put out, who should come wandering into our officers club but Joe Morrison.
I pumped the manual gear actuator until I was worn out. I tried pulling some Gs in the hope it 71 would fall down. Nothing worked. About then I was having visions of courtmartial, life in Leavenworth, everything up to a firing squad. But J had to land. J put it down. It wasn't the best belly landing I ever made - that earlier one wa better - and I climbed out with all the fire trucks and ambulances in attendance. I wasn't hurt, so they gave me a ride up to Group Headquarters. ," I asked. " I went into the Colonel's office with all the enthusiasm of a man going to his execution, hit brace in front of his desk and said the mandatory words, "Lt.
That winter I went to Detroit to attend a school for Chevrolet dealers' sons put on by Chevrolet Motor Division. It was a tough six week grind in the fundamentals of dealership management. There were twentyodd young men attending and I drew a roommate by the name of Dick Kinman from Grand Island, Nebraska. We hit it off really well and became good friends. After graduation he went back to Grand Island and I went to Stockton. We corresponded a bit, but gradually the contacts came to an end and I, more or less, forgot Kinman.
An Ace and His Angel: Memoirs of a WWII Fighter Pilot by Herbert Brooks Hatch