From Dusty Plains to Wartime Planes

From Dusty Plains to Wartime Planes

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John Selby By JohnSelby01 Completed

This is the story of my father, John Wait, Jr.  His has been called the "Greatest Generation" for good reason, and his story is a great example.

He grew up in a three-room house with no electricity, plumbing or even an outhouse. He shared it with four other siblings and his parents in rural Kansas during the devastating dust bowl years, which coincided with the Great Depression.  After learning to fly while in college, he enlisted in the Army Air Force six months prior to Pearl Harbor.  He was one of the first fighter pilots to go overseas to England.  How he went from flying beat-up spitfires to essentially commanding two of the world's most famous airports - Heathrow and Le Bourget - to being one of the first Americans to enter Hitler's Bunker is a truly amazing story.

The book is full of rich story-telling supplemented with historical documents, information, and lots of pictures.

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