Fist From the Sky: Japan's Dive-Bomber Ace of World War II

Fist From the Sky: Japan's Dive-Bomber Ace of World War II

by Peter C. Smith

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Overview

• Fascinating look from the Japanese side at Pearl Harbor and the Battle of Midway • Fully authorized account including contemporary interviews with those that flew with Lt. Cdr. Egusa Lieutenant Commander Takashige Egusa was one of the Imperial Japanese Navy's most skillful and influential dive-bomber pilots. He led an attack force against Pearl Harbor, calmly circling his special flame-red Aichi dive bomber before selecting his target. Assaults on the deadly gun batteries of Wake Island followed, as well as air support for the invasion of Ambon. Badly burned at Midway, Egusa returned to duty, only to be killed on his final mission. As one Japanese officer said, "He was the 'God of Dive-Bombing.'" Fully placed in historical context and backed by a wealth of detail from archives, family records, photographs, and memories of contemporaries, the full story of Egusa's bravery, leadership qualities, and illustrious career comes to life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811733304
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Publication date: 09/27/2006
Series: Stackpole Military History Series
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Peter C. Smith is a well-known authority on the history of dive-bombing and is the author of over sixty naval history books that are published on four continents. He currently lives with his wife and two Labradors in Bedfordshire, England.

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