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Feathered_IV
09-01-2004, 06:02 AM
I wonder if anyone can recommend any. I have the Sakai/Caidan one plus Jiro Hirokoshi's autobiography and a few articles from J-aircraft.com but wouldn't mind learning more.

"If you tell me that it is necessary that we fight, then in the first six months to a year I will run wild, and I will show you an uninterrupted succession of victories. Should the war be prolonged for two or three years....I have no confidence in our ultimate victory" - Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto.

Feathered_IV
09-01-2004, 06:02 AM
I wonder if anyone can recommend any. I have the Sakai/Caidan one plus Jiro Hirokoshi's autobiography and a few articles from J-aircraft.com but wouldn't mind learning more.

"If you tell me that it is necessary that we fight, then in the first six months to a year I will run wild, and I will show you an uninterrupted succession of victories. Should the war be prolonged for two or three years....I have no confidence in our ultimate victory" - Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto.

F19_Olli72
09-01-2004, 06:42 AM
I enjoyed I was a kamikaze by Ryuji Nagatsuka and Kamikaze by Yasuo Kuwahara...one might think btoh books is primarly about kamikazes but theyre not. Both of them describes what seems to be the avarage life of a japanese pilot (who happens to be selected for 'special attacks' later on)

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Bearcat99
09-01-2004, 06:45 AM
I have Zero by Masatake Okumiya and Jiro Horikoshi... I havent started it yet.

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Feathered_IV
09-01-2004, 07:06 AM
Thanks guys. Bearcat, I have Zero also and can recommend it. Some of the first hand accounts of life in Lae and Rabaul when the tide had turned against the Japanese are pretty hair raising.

"If you tell me that it is necessary that we fight, then in the first six months to a year I will run wild, and I will show you an uninterrupted succession of victories. Should the war be prolonged for two or three years....I have no confidence in our ultimate victory" - Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto.

DuxCorvan
09-01-2004, 07:22 AM
Since most of them died, Saburo Sakai wrote the 'autobiographies' of them all... http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif

XyZspineZyX
09-01-2004, 12:49 PM
Here's another I just read:

God's Samurai: Lead Pilot at Pearl Harbor by Gordon Prange. It details the career of Mitsuo Fuchida, the commander in the attack on Pearl. Not much on combat, but very rich in detailing the Japanese strategies and thought processes.

Another is "Bye Bye Black Sheep" by "Mike" Kawato, which used to be available direct from the author, but he passed away a few years ago, so I don't know if anyone is distributing it. Masajiro Kuwato was the pilot who is credited with shooting down Pappy Boyington.

Giganoni
09-01-2004, 01:03 PM
Japanese Army Air Force Fighter Units and Their Aces: 1931-1945 is what you need. By Japanese historians Ikuhiko Hata and Yasuho Izawa it gives biographies of most if not all aces of the JAAF. It also gives a history of the JAAF, and goes into detail about the various units. They also made one for the navy pilots.

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RAC_Pips
09-02-2004, 04:17 AM
Autobiographies or even biographies of Japanese pilots, in English, are extremely rare. Although there are many available in Japanese.

Other than Saburo Sakai's Zero and Fuchida's God's Samurai, your best source of information on Japanese pilots are the books by Ikuhiko Hata and Yasuho Izawa ie the one mentioned above on japanese Army Units, and also a navy equilavent titled Japanese Naval Aces and Fighter Units in WWII.

Feathered_IV
09-02-2004, 07:27 AM
Yep. I've got those ones too and they are excellent. DuxCorvan makes a telling point about most of the leading aces being dead before the wars end. Imagine the story Muto or Sugita might have told, had they survived.
I wouldn't mind finding out if Tetsuo Iwamoto or Minoru Genda have written their memoirs. Maybe even Sadakai Akamatsu (if he was ever sober enough or stopped shagging long enough to do so) http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/35.gif.

"If you tell me that it is necessary that we fight, then in the first six months to a year I will run wild, and I will show you an uninterrupted succession of victories. Should the war be prolonged for two or three years....I have no confidence in our ultimate victory" - Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto.

RAC_Pips
09-02-2004, 03:41 PM
You guys are missing the point.

It's not that 'most of the aces died'. A surprising number did survive. And most have written their story....in JAPANESE!

In Japan their books are as avidly read as are British, German and American stories in the West. Sadly though English speaking publishers just don't seem to be interesed in printing those books in English.

Books in Japanese have been written on Teruhiko Kobayashi, Kazuo Shimizu. Satoshi Anabuki, Yasuhiko Kuroe. Shoichi Sugita, Hiroyoshi Nishizawa and Tetsuo Kikuchi... to name just a few.

You just have to be able to read Japanese. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

MK2aw
09-02-2004, 10:34 PM
You said it. Anabuki's comes up in an Amazon search, man I wish I could get that in English!

Rac_pips, do you kow who published these writings?

MK2aw