06-18-2012 07:39 PM
the auther wrote a handful of books about the Pacific War. The main characters were typically a "reluctant hero". The one I remember most vividly is a new officer is sent to an island. Sent on a special mission the submarine sinks but he and several survive by holding their breaths and rising to the surface. Once on the Japanese held island they form a plan to escape by stealing an airplane, while trashing the entire landing strip, disabling many other planes, and just generally shooting the place up. Our hero is greatly wounded, many of his men die, but they get the plane and fly it to safety, thus proving his courage and bravery and self-realization his is not as big a screwup as originally thought.
It seems the auther was Ross White, but that name does not come up in searches. Any leads would be appreciated
06-18-2012 10:18 PM
Could the author possibly be Robb White. I know he wrote a number of Pacific Theater young adult books. The most famous, I believe, was Up Periscope which was made into a film.
06-19-2012 11:50 AM
mister j, you are correct. Right after posting this ? I kept random searches and come up with Robb White. Thank you for your help. Now to find it at the library, because i am not ready to spend $8 for a tattered paperback with loose pages.