Most wartime memoirs are stories of combat and heroism. This one is different.
On a Wing & a Prayer is the first-person, three-year, day to day experience of an Army Air Cadet, told entirely in letters home by a prolific letter writer.
Dick Miller, enlisting like all of his acquaintances after Pearl Harbor, found he loved flying, coasting above the farm fields. But after he survived a mid-air collision, weeks of hospitalization, and the heartbreak of washing himself out of Cadet training, he discovered he had another calling: Special Service; the ’show-biz’ of the Army.
Singing with the Army Band, rehearsing the Cadet Chorus, writing and directing USO and Camp shows was where his true talent lay.
On a Wing & a Prayer chronicles the everyday details of enlistment, Air Cadet Training, the state of 1940s Army hospitals, and the Army entertainment industry.