Frederik Pohl is in the process of writing a series of blog posts on his time in World War II. As one might expect they are wry, witty and do not portray the American Air Force in the most positive light.
The first post especially sheds some light on the mind that came out with the classic 'Gateway'. He notes a night when he saw five planes, crewed by fifty men, destroyed in senseless accidents. Such an event is dwarfed in the magnitude of the Second World War but must have had a profound effect on an intelligent and already slightly disillusioned weather observer.