This is the true account of one of America's heroes of WWII. Bill Behrns served in the China, Burma, India (CBI) region of the Pacific war. The U.S. Army Air Corps sent thirty-two pilots from thirty-two states in twenty-five Lightnings into this remote area. It would seem they were expendable since the loss of a single pilot would scarcely be noticed in any single state. According to Air Force intelligence reports, this newly-formed, 459th Squadron, 80th Fighter Group faced approximately 550 enemy aircraft. This was the only unit of its kind in the war.
Bill Berhns' story is a saga of incredible courage, resourcefulness, and dedication to duty by Berhns and all those who served with him on the ground or in the air. At the age of ninety-one it is time for this Ace and American hero to tell his story.
The San Joaquin Siren: An American Ace in WWII's CBI by William (Bill) M. Behrns with Kenneth Moore is available for purchase at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, iTunes, and/or your local bookstore.
The San Joaquin Siren: An American Ace in WWII's CBI was a third place winner in the 2011 Sharp Writ Book Awards. Bill Behrns and the late Kenneth Moore won this award in the Autobiography / Memoirs category.