The Eagle and The Osprey by David G. Weaver

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"WWII – 1944 – Th e Pacifi c War Zone

In the Pacific Fleet Replacement Pilot Pool at Pearl Harbor, Ensign Bruce Weber receives training in the new Grumman Hellcat fighter planes. He is then assigned to a fighter squadron aboard a carrier. Bruce demonstrates exceptional airmanship skills, shooting down several enemy aircraft.

After he has accounted for more than a dozen enemy planes, squadron enlisted personnel repaint their hero’s plane with white engine speedring and tail to resemble a bald eagle.

During the first few months of the deployment, three of Bruce’s close friends are shot down by Kenji Okada, a Japanese super ace known as “The Osprey”. Okada flies a Distinctively painted Zero. Bruce swears vengeance and searches for the Osprey on every flight. The two aces eventually meet. The dogfight is long and difficult but Bruce
finally shoots Okada down. Returning to the carrier, Bruce lands almost out of fuel just before the ship is disabled by a Kamikaze. Fire decimates the aircraft and the ship is out of action. Both are ordered back to the states, their fighting days over at least for a while."

About David G. Weaver

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David G.Weaver, author of Nav Cad and The Eagle and The Osprey, is a retired Naval Aviator and school teacher. Before enlisting in the Navy, he served a three year apprenticeship as a shipfitter at the Charleston Naval Shipyard. His duties and training as a shipfitter involved helping to build several destroyer-type vessels as the US Navy expanded to meet the threat of German U-boat raiders. Although exempt from the draft, Weaver enlisted in the Navy in 1942, became a Naval Aviator flying fighter planes off carriers in the Pacific and later flew more than 20 missions in Grumman F9F Panther-jet fighters during the Korean War. He then spent 22 years as a teacher in California, but remained active in the Naval Reserve until his 60th birthday. He retired with the rank of commander in 1981, having devoted 40 plus years to the naval service. He earned a BS from the Univ. of Sou. Calif and an MS from Calif. State Univ. at Los Angeles. He now lives in Florida.
Published May 2, 2012 by AuthorHouse. 311 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime. Fiction

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