The Cream

Retrospections of an Aviation Cadet

by Dick Harper



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/26/2015

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 470
ISBN : 9781480817210
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 470
ISBN : 9781480817227
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 470
ISBN : 9781480817234

About the Book

On January 27, 1943, nineteen-year-old Dick Harper received orders to report to

Miami Beach, Florida, to begin Aviation Cadet training, with the lofty goal of

becoming a combat pilot in the United States Army Air Corps. He’s leaving the

security of his hometown of Greensboro, North Carolina for strange, unknown

places and an uncertain future, with the ultimate purpose of fighting a war.

It was a huge turning point in his life.

In The Cream, Harper offers a retrospective of his personal experiences

in Aviation Cadet training during World War II. He details his odyssey

as he travels from a small Southern town and experiences the dangerous

and exciting days and months of pilot training. He shares the disappointments

and triumphs, humor and pathos, of his quest for the coveted Silver Wings of a

combat pilot. He provides a frontline, inside view, of the rigors and exhilaration

of this training.

A memoir, The Cream narrates the hopes, frustrations, camaraderie, and

ideals of the young men who earned, or attempted to earn, Silver Wings as pilots

in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II.

About the Author

Harper had a career of more than forty-five years in the oil business as an engineer, a senior officer of a major corporation, and owner of a petroleum consulting corporation.

Harper and his wife Nell live in Houston, Texas. They have a son, a daughter and three grandsons.