American Aces against the Kamikaze

American Aces against the Kamikaze

by Edward M. Young, Mark Styling
     
 

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The Japanese High Command realised that the loss of Okinawa would give the Americans a base for the invasion of Japan. Its desperate response was to unleash the full force of the Special Attack Units, known in the west as the Kamikaze ('Divine Wind'). In a series of mass attacks in between April and June 1945, more than 900 Kamikaze aeroplanes were shot down.…  See more details below

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The Japanese High Command realised that the loss of Okinawa would give the Americans a base for the invasion of Japan. Its desperate response was to unleash the full force of the Special Attack Units, known in the west as the Kamikaze ('Divine Wind'). In a series of mass attacks in between April and June 1945, more than 900 Kamikaze aeroplanes were shot down. Conventional fighters and bombers accompanied the Special Attack Units as escorts, and to add their own weight to the attacks on the US fleet. In the air battles leading up to the invasion of Okinawa, as well as those that raged over the island in the three months that followed, the Japanese lost more than 7,000 aircraft both in the air and on the ground. In the course of the fighting, 67 Navy, 21 Marine, and three USAAF pilots became aces. In many ways it was an uneven combat and on numerous occasions following these uneven contests, American fighter pilots would return from combat having shot down up to six Japanese aeroplanes during a single mission.

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From the Publisher

“This is another winner from Osprey Publishing, recounting the story of Japan's most shocking weapon of the conflict--human suicide bombers.” —WWII History Magazine (June 2013)

“Military collections in general and aviation libraries in particular will welcome this specific survey.” —James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review (January 2013)

“Color profiles by Mark Styling vividly season this study. And evocative archival photos enhance Young's exciting account.” —Rachel E. Veres, www.cybermodeler.com (December 2012)

“As usual, there are superb period photos of the pilots and planes involved as well as many pages of nicely done color profiles. It is a book that I know you will enjoy reading and one that covers a subject that always draws interest.” —Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness (November 2012)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781782002895
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
09/20/2013
Series:
Aircraft of the Aces , #109
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
File size:
13 MB
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From the Publisher
"As usual, there are superb period photos of the pilots and planes involved as well as many pages of nicely done color profiles. It is a book that I know you will enjoy reading and one that covers a subject that always draws interest."
- Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness (November 2012)

"Color profiles by Mark Styling vividly season this study. And evocative archival photos enhance Young's exciting account."
- Rachel E. Veres, www.cybermodeler.com (December 2012)

Meet the Author

Edward M. Young is a retired financial executive with degrees in Political Science from Harvard University and the University of Washington. During his career he held assignments in New York, London, Tokyo and Hong Kong. He has written a number of books and numerous articles on aviation and military history. He is the author of Osprey Campaign series number 136 Meiktila, Warrior series number 141 Merrill's Marauders and Osprey Combat Aircraft series number 87 - B-24 Liberators of the Tenth and Fourteenth Air Forces. He lives with his wife in Seattle, Washington.

Mark Styling has illustrated many titles for Osprey including Aircraft of the Aces, Combat Aircraft and Elite Units series books since 1994. Now based in Bridport, Dorset, he produces accurate illustrations of any chosen aircraft type. He has created some of the best artwork available to Osprey, and his nose art panels are legendary.

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