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Tom Brokaw called us The Greatest Generation. I flew 35 combat missions in WWII with the Eighth Air Corp.


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In my memoir, A Tail Gunners Diary I relive growing up during the great depression, volunteering for combat in WWII, and flying 35 missions with the Eighth Air Corp.   Join us on our first mission on D-Day and our last mission on Christmas Eve 1944.  After each mission, record the details on a three-foot by three-foot piece of drywall next to your bunk. (My memoir used data from that mission-by-mission record.) Fly through skies black with flack, and feel our terror on our 10th mission, flack hit our B-24 bomber, 'Edie', during the bomb-run, knocking out one engine. Watch helplessly as the other 35 B-24 bombers in our group fly away leaving us alone in a sky full of jerry fighters. Live our tension during our trip across Europe to Normandy where our other three engines misfire and we crash in the Juno (Canadian) section of the Normandy beachhead. Feel Harry Baker's and my elation as we explore the Juno area and bump into two sexy French girls. Feel your pulse rate soar as four sex starved romantics let their imaginations run wild. Return to Britain on an LST, and visit a London PX wearing your flight gear and carrying your parachutes. See every girl in the London PX flock round to hear your thrilling story. On following visits to London, escort a gorgeous English Lass as you visit the London nightspots. Experience these and other thrills during your 35 mission combat tour.  Film rights to A Tail Gunners Diary and my two published mystery/ romance novels, The Tornado Struck at Midnight, http://www.amazon.com/Tornado-Struck-at-Midnight/dp/159129729X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1229873907&sr=1-1, and What Women Know: Smitten (Epiphany) http://www.amazon.com/What-Women-Know-Smitten-Epiphany/dp/1605634743/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1229873907&sr=1-2, are up for grabs. (Print rights to The Tornado Struck at Midnight, will soon be available.) The poster (below) shows highlights of my WWII combat career. (The picture below is me when I enlisted.)  

                Cover of  What Women Know                                Me as a 'Pirate in Carmen's troupe.  Carmen, Queen of Trinidad's 1946 Carnival

 A vidio of Art Baker's TV program, 'You Askad For It', exists demonstrating my invention of an acceleration sled. That 1954 episode of 'You Askad For It', was called Northrup's Giant Slingshot. This photo from Life magazine's article in June 1954 is about my invention and shows a clip from Art Baker's 'You Askad For It' TV program, (I was 33!).

                                                                                                                                                   

Birth Place
Yonkers, NY usa
Accomplishments


The Tornado Struck at Midnight is a 224 page, (62,000 word) mystery. The story is set in 1950, aboard a cruise ship moored in the Gulf of Paria, in Trinidad. The cast of characters includes a war hero, a naive millionaire, a mysterious New York matron, Americans, Englishmen, and local Portuguese beauties. A woman is found dead in her stateroom. Murder is suspected and everyone has a motive. All the women are jealous of Carmen and the men have either slept with her or wished they had. Only she wasn't murdered and that's the surprise at the end.

The author: Engineer, inventor, architect, writer. Issued a US patent for the invention of an acceleration-sled, reported by Warner Pathe Universal News as Northrop Aircraft's Giant Sling-Shot. Appeared in Life Magazine article titled, Missile Man's Magic. Interviewed by Art Baker on his TV program, You Asked for it. Designed and built Hollywood home featured in Los Angeles Times ‘Home Magazine.' Wrote contract for NASA Space Shuttle Inertial-Upper-Stage (IUS). Wrote over forty missile-system proposals. Wrote over five-hundred letters answering questions from the public to DOE concerning energy conservation. Received DOE citation for efforts on their behalf. Wrote Humpty-Dumpty, The Many Perils of Combat, The Box in the Attic, Being a Man, and The Tornado Struck at Midnight. (Has written drafts of five other mysteries.)

The Author volunteered for pilot training in World War II. He flew his first combat mission on D-day, and his last mission on Christmas eve. On his sixth-mission, his B-24 bomber was disabled over Saint-Avold, France. It crashed in the Canadian sector (Juno) of the Normandy beachhead. Returning to his base, five days later, he discovered his hometown newspaper reported him as missing-in-action. On his tenth mission to bomb a marshaling yard in Munich, Germany, he was struck by flak. His flak vest literally saved his butt. During his thirty-five-mission-combat-tour, he bombed targets such as V1 & V2 launching pads submarine pens near Hamburg, Germany, flak batteries near Rotterdam, Holland, and a ball-bearing factory in Brest, Czechoslovakia. He was decorated seven times for valor, exceptional skill, and exhibiting coolness while under enemy fire.





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