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ISBN:
1418437751
Author:
Nathaniel Gunn
Category:
Leaders & Notable People
Language:
English
Publisher:
AuthorHouse (June 17, 2004)
Pages:
492 pages
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1478 kb
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Rating:
4.9
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246


There is no more amazing figure from Wold War II than Col. Paul I. "PI" Gunn, who is best known as Pappy

There is no more amazing figure from Wold War II than Col. "PI" Gunn, who is best known as Pappy  .

Nathaniel Gunn, Kemp. July 3, 2017 at 9:15 PM. Mr. Gunn everal times. Your dad hired my dad, Bill Moore as a pilot to help restart PAL after the war. I was born on Cebu in 1947. I grew up with "Pappy stories" well before they were committed to paper and have just read INDESTRUCTABLE.

A Collection of Quotes After the Book By Nathaniel Gunn. His family captured by the Japs in Manila, Pappy turns his attention to single focus: Fighting all Japanese forces in every possible way.

There is no more amazing figure from Wold War II than Col. A Collection of Quotes After the Book By Nathaniel Gunn. He does whatever it takes to bring war to an end.

A Great book written by Pappy Gunn's Son Nathaniel. The B-25 low level gun ships were absolutely devastating against the Japanese

A Great book written by Pappy Gunn's Son Nathaniel. The B-25 low level gun ships were absolutely devastating against the Japanese.

foreknowledge and burning determination to sort out the facts and myths about him, Nathaniel Gunn, the author, fellow lover of flying, and his youngest son, who was with him until his untimely crash in Civilian life doing what he loved to do - flying, flying, flying!! You'll find the story intriguing in its discoveries, packed with Pappy's own personal original files, long forgotten letters, documents and photographs spanning Pappy's youth into the . Navy, marriage, retirement in Hawaii and move to the Philippine Islands.

oft heard and heralded during and after World War II PAPPY GUNN ordinarily speaks for itself

oft heard and heralded during and after World War II PAPPY GUNN ordinarily speaks for itself. however in this book, the unforgettable, untold to this day, human story of the legendary "Pappy Gunn," hero of the Pacific Air War and to his family who knew and loved him this story is told with the understanding of one who had the foreknowledge

Sadly, despite General George C. Kenney’s excellent 1960 book The Saga of Pappy Gunn, Gunn’s fascinating story is not widely known today, but Nathaniel Gunn’s biography will surely prompt further interest

Many have heard of Pappy Gunn for his development of the B - 25 in the Pacific War as a low level attack aircraft. This book was written by his son, Nathaniel. The writing is a bit uneven and reproductions of pictures and documents could be better.

Many have heard of Pappy Gunn for his development of the B - 25 in the Pacific War as a low level attack aircraft. This is just part of his story. He and his family were in Manila when the Japanese began bombing prior to the invasion of the Phillipines.

Paul Irvin "Pappy" Gunn (October 18, 1899 – October 11, 1957) was a United States naval aviator known mainly for his actions in the Second World War as an officer in the United States Army Air Forces. He was known as "an expert in dare-devil low-level flying," and recognized for numerous feats of heroism and mechanical ingenuity, especially modifications to the Douglas A-20 Havoc light bomber and B-25 Mitchell medium bomber that turned them into attack aircraft.

The name...oft heard and heralded during and after World War II PAPPY GUNN ordinarily speaks for itself..............however in this book, the unforgettable, untold to this day, human story of the legendary "Pappy Gunn," hero of the Pacific Air War and to his family who knew and loved him ....this story is told with the understanding of one who had the foreknowledge and burning determination to sort out the facts and myths about him, Nathaniel Gunn, the author, fellow lover of flying, and his youngest son, who was with him until his untimely crash in Civilian life doing what he loved to do - flying, flying, flying!! You'll find the story intriguing in its discoveries, packed with Pappy's own personal original files, long forgotten letters, documents and photographs spanning Pappy's youth into the U.S. Navy, marriage, retirement in Hawaii and move to the Philippine Islands. Then, the untimely entrance of the United States in the WWII bombing and capture of Manila. Most of all, this story draws a perceptive focus on ..the man..as the person and courageous patriot he truly was, joining the U. S.Air Force he was at this time.. Fighting 3 wars at once . His family imprisoned by the Japanese.. . The brass who needed him to accomplish the impossible . And, the enemy who had the upperhand, but not for long !! Thank God - his was a triumphant battle in all three!!!!
  • MisterMax
This is a great human interest story... actually there are two stories in one. The story of Pappy Gunn and his incredible life history in the military... from spending his early career in the US Navy and then retiring... to being drawn into another career in the Army Air Force during the early stages of WWII.
The other story is of his family who were taken prisoners in Manila by the Japanese Army during the early days of WWII. Pappy Gunn was a man who should have gotten a Medal Of Honor for his duty towards ending the war... but being that his family were being held prisoner in enemy hands... the War Department was able to keep his identity a secret, fearing that if the news of Pappy Gunn was released... and what he was doing... would have put his family in jeopardy... and Pappy made sure that the Government kept it's word on keeping it that way too!
A very good book... written by Pappy's son Nataniel, who gives the reader, first hand knowledge of Pappy's heroic deeds... and what Nathaniel, his mother and his brothers and sisters did while being held prisoners by the Japanese... until the end of the war!
This story should be shared with the world... and would make a great movie... of a man who did what he could to end the war... and to keep his family safe by keeping everything he did a secret...
  • Voodoolkree
Great history of another great man and his family. We owe them a great deal of gratitude for what they went through. Wish the reproduced copies of the citations and other letters and documents that were included in the book were clearer so they could have been read easier.
  • Weetont
After having read numerous books on the 5th Air Force operations in the Southwest Pacific (SWP) theatre during WWII, that made constant reference to Pappy Gunn and his contribution to the success of the operations, it was great to finally obtain an in depth look at the man. The book provides a wealth of information on the ability of Pappy Gunn to get what was needed to accomplish his goals of not only modifying B-25s and A-20s into strafers and capable of longer range, but to show that his dedication to his captive family was his motivation. This is not just a war story, but an in depth story of a very significant character in the overall picture of the war in the SWP.

The shortfall in this book is the poor reproduction of the photos and the letters. The letters were especially hard to read and as a result, significant information that could have added depth to the story was lost.
  • Itiannta
A Great book written by Pappy Gunn's Son Nathaniel. A REAL AMERICAN HERO OF WORLD WAR II.
  • Paxondano
Outstand book about a real American Hero!
  • Memuro
interesting perspective
  • Skunk Black
My father flew 45 B-25 combat missions with the 345th bomb group and I’ve often wondered who came up with the idea of skip bombing in the South Pacific. The B-25J has a total of 18 .50 caliber machine guns. The B-25 played the same role of the modern A-10 in the war in the South Pacific. This book is an interesting read on Pappy Gunn who was both a Pilot and Engineer who perfected both using the B-25 as his primary platform. The B-25 low level gun ships were absolutely devastating against the Japanese. It’s one of the best books I’ve read on World War II on the war in the South Pacific and I’d highly recommend it.
If there is a single outstanding American hero of World War II (and perhaps in all of American history) it is Colonel Paul Irvin "Pappy" Gunn.A former US enlisted naval aviator, Gunn had retired from the Navy and was living in the Philippines with his wife and four children when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and invaded the Philippines. As the owner of a small air taxi operation, Gunn and his airplanes were impressed into the United States Army Air Corps immediately after the outbreak of war. On Christmas Eve, 1941 Gunn was ordered to fly a load of Far East Air Force staff officers to Australia and to stay there awaiting further orders. His family - including the author - remained in Manila and were interned by the Japanese for the duration, leading Gunn to fight his own private war. And fight he did! Historian and author Walter Edmond stated that no other single invidual did as much to defeat the Japanese as did Gunn, who is best known for his conversion of the Douglas A-20 and North American B-25 into powerful gunships that did a number on a Japanese convoy in the Battle of the Bismarck Sea. But he did a lot more, especially in those dark days of early 1942. It's not widely known, but Gunn flew several missions from Australia to Bataan by way of Mindanao in his role as the commander of the newly organized Air Transport Command. During the Java Campaign he took a war-weary B-17 that had been turned over to his transport squadron and used it to attack Japanese ships in the Java Sea. In March 1942 he literally stole two dozen B-25s from the Netherlands East Indies Air Force, then flew one of ten on the Royce Raid into the Philippines a few weeks later.

Pappy Gunn is the the famous aviators story in the words of his son Nat, who grew up in the Japanese internment camp at Santo Thomas Prison, then lived with his dad in the Philippines after the war and until his untimely death in 1957. Nat has done an outstanding job of telling not only his father's story, but also that of his mother, brother and two sisters as they waited helplessly in the Philippines for their father and husband to return for them. Instead of their father, it was no less a figure than General Douglas McAthur who came to the gates of Santo Thomas University to put them on a C-47 for the flight to Australia, where Pappy Gunn had been evacuated a few months before after recieving a serious wound from a Japanese white phosphorus bomb. This book should be read by every American! It's the story of a real hero, not a media or politically generated one.

Sam McGowan, Author - The Cave, A Novel of the Vietnam War