The Long Rangers is the provocative WWII memoir of John Seymour Pangborn, a young engineer in the United States Air Force. Barely out of high school, John enlists in the armed services but his eagerness to participate in the war effort is curtailed by endless training and red tape. Still, John dutifully learns the ropes, participating in drills of skill and memory that will help him survive on the field of battle. After spending a year in training camps in the Deep South, the nation's heartland, and on the golden coast of California, John and his Air Force crew are finally summonsed to take part in Allied fight in the Far East Theatre. As the war grinds on and the air battles become more intense, John gets a first-hand education about survival and man's inhumanity to man. What follows is a clear and harrowing account of a group of noble young men flung into desperate missions for which they know there may be no return.