Veteran fighter pilot and historian Jay A. Stout writes with the authority of someone who knows the terror of combat, the heartbreak of loss and the life-sustaining goodness of love. An award-winning author, he writes with a clarity, empathy and depth of knowledge that fascinates, informs and keeps pages turning.
Author Jay Stout, himself an air combat veteran of Operation Desert Storm, hits his stride describing the grueling attacks on Rabaul and Wewak. Through it all, Cooper never lost his humanity. Prayers for his parents and sister, who suffered under the brutal Japanese occupation of the Philippines, were answered when they were liberated thanks in no small measure to his own heroism in the Pacific theater. Highly recommended! -- Aviation History Magazine A unique and invaluable contribution to the growing library of World War II military biographies... -- Midwest Book Review [Jay Stout] excels not only in terms of structuring compelling and engaging narratives, but he also succeeds in making real history accessible to all. -- Combatsim.com In Jayhawk, author Jay Stout continues to soar as he presents the moving biography of a World War II centenarian, B-25 pilot George Cooper. Among the last living eyewitnesses to the air war in the Pacific, Cooper flew more than 70 combat missions as his family endured the torment of Japanese forces who had taken his family as prisoners of war in the Philippines. This is a story of love, honor, service, sacrifice, and endurance, captured in page-turning prose that honors a decorated aviator who was truly a giant among the many from America's greatest generation. --Stephen L. Moore, author of Rain of Steel: Mitscher's Task Force 58, Ugaki's Thunder Gods, and the Kamikaze War off Okinawa Jay Stout combines his crisp, technically accurate style with Cooper's incredible memory to produce this highly readable biography of one of the last of the living World War II heroes ... The story is unique and well worth reading by anyone interested in the prewar Philippines or the tactical air war in the Pacific Theater. --Donald Caldwell, author of Thunder on Bataan Jayhawk is more than a gripping story of an American war hero, it is a sweeping, outstanding drama of one family's struggle, hope and survival in World War II worthy of the big screen. A must read. --Colin D. Heaton, author of The Star of Africa and Noble Warrior Students of the Pacific War know 'the saga of Pappy Gunn, ' the innovative 5th Air Force officer who developed B-25 gunships for low-level attacks against enemy ships. But in Jayhawk, former Marine Corps aviator Jay Stout teams with retired Air Force Colonel George Cooper who, like Gunn, fought a personal aerial war to retrieve his family from Japanese captivity in the Philippines. The personal, you-are-there style is what readers have come to expect of Stout, and they will not be disappointed in Cooper's stirring tale. --Barrett Tillman, author of Whirlwind: The Air War Against Japan 1942-1945