In the far-flung reaches of the Central Pacific during World War II, the odds were slim for the young and brazen American flyboys battling Japan. Among them was Renovo, Pennsylvania native Lt. Arthur "Bud" Pierson, a 21-year-old co-pilot and member of a B-24 Liberator bomber crew with the Seventh Air Force. In the spring of 1943, Pierson entered a desperate and dangerous struggle where distance, the elements, and blind chance were as deadly as the enemy.
Pulling from his personal journal and letters home, Air Corps Days chronicles Pierson's transformation from fledgling air cadet to combat pilot. A narrative blending his first-hand accounts with meticulous research, Air Corps Days is a comprehensive telling that takes readers inside the action as Pierson endures the doubts and trials of training before being thrust into enemy skies rife with fear, excitement, confusion and violence. All of this came at a time when a bomber boy's chance of survival stood at fifty percent.