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A WAR MEMOIR ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN 1943

The Sky Is My Witness - Thomas         Moore

"THE SKY IS MY WITNESS" is a slim book (135 pages) that was written during the Second World War by the author, who had been trained to be a U.S. Marine dive bomber pilot in the months prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor.   Indeed, 2 days following the attack, Lieutenant Moore was awarded his wings.  

 

Within the next 6 months, Moore was assigned to a dive bomber unit that was moved from San Diego to Pearl Harbor, and on to Midway Island, where it played a part in the Battle of Midway.   He received his baptism of fire while attacking one of the Japanese carriers, barely surviving an onslaught from some of Japan's veteran naval fighter pilots flying the Mitsubishi Zero.    

 

By August 1942, Moore's unit landed on Guadalcanal in the South Pacific, where it was tasked with attacking enemy warships and transports, often at night.     The greatest value of "THE SKY IS MY WITNESS" is that it reflects the thoughts and feelings of a wounded veteran at a time when the Second World War was far from over.