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by Henry Sakaida
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|Pacific Air Combat WWII
Voices From The Past
This book includes fourteen chapters of aviation stories and mysteries. Author Sakaida proves the truth about air combat in the Pacific is more interesting and vivid than any fiction writer could imagined. Each chapter is also lavishly illustrated with photographs, referencing maps and covers stories from New Guinea in 1942 to Japanese home defense in 1945.
The book goes beyond meticulous historical research. Each account is covered both historically and personally: exploring the lives of the pilots involved before and after the war. Many stories include incredible gestures of friendship and reconciliation on the parts of both Japanese and American pilots to meet each other, or pay respect to former enemies graves and families.
Stories also include piecing together history, like the story of American P-38 pilot Wellman Huey by linking his loss to references about his capture as a POW from the memory of Japanese pilots.
Interview with author Henry Sakaida
Review by Justin Taylan
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