Dennis R. Okerstrom is Professor of English at Park University, a certificated flight instructor, and the author of four previous books including The Final Mission of Bottoms Up: A World War II Pilot's Story (University of Missouri Press). He owns and flies a restored 1942 Army scout plane and is the recipient of numerous awards for scholarship and teaching. He lives in Independence, Missouri.
The Best Air Power History Book Award Winner for 2014
"This a splendid book about a little-reported-on corner of World War II geography and forces engaged in a do-or-die situation in Burma and India in 1943-1944. The book deals with some unforgettable figures. General 'Hap' Arnold and Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten lead the list, with brilliant, if eccentric, British Brigadier Orde Wingate close behind. Wingate's scheme for taking the fight to the Japanese in Burma was the catalyst for the formation of the U.S. Army Air Forces 'Air Commandos.'"--Air Power History