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The Grasshopper That Roared by Jean L. Chase

The Grasshopper That Roared

by Jean L. Chase

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Can you imagine going into combat against the Japanese in World War II at 70 mph in an unarmed, unarmored, 65 hp fabric covered airplane? If not, and if you want to know what it was really like, then Jean L. Chase's The Grasshopper That Roared is for you. Reviewers of our two previous books about Piper Cub L-4s praised both of them: Janey: A Little Plane in a Big War by Alfred W. Schultz and Flying Low: And shot down twice during World War II in a spotter plane by Joseph Furbee Gordon. Both of these books describe the authors' experiences as pilots of L-4s in the European Theatre of World War II. The Grasshopper That Roared by Jean L. Chase is different from Janey and Flying Low in that it describes the Piper Cub L-4 pilot's experiences at war in New Guinea and the Philippines in the Pacific Theatre. And there were differences: 1. In the European Theatre, the L-4 pilots usually flew with a spotter in the back seat. In Jean L. Chase's war in the Far East, he generally flew alone, doing the work of two men. 2. In both theatres, the L-4s were unarmed. However, they could be armed and Chase describes his ride in the back seat of an L-4 to rake a Japanese position with a machine gun. In the civilian world, the L-4 is a J-3 Piper Cub. Ever think you'll see a machine gun sticking out of a Piper Cub? 3. Chase's experiences include his observation of the sinking of the USS St. Lo (CVE-63) while he was on the deck of the USS Fanshaw Bay (CVE-70). What was an L-4 pilot doing on the deck of an aircraft carrier in the middle of a Pacific War naval battle? Read the book and find out. Besides his experience flying the L-4, Colonel Chase had extensive experience flying the L-5 towards the end of WWII and after the war, plus he flew the L-16, L-17, and the L-19 "Bird Dog." He compares the planes with one another in the Epilogue of the book.

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