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MARINE CORPS FIGHTER ACE KEN WALSH – AN HONORABLE GENTLEMAN by Henry Sakaida As a young aviation historian, I was lucky to have become acquainted with a number of American WWII aces when they were alive […]

THE TRAGIC STORY OF COL HARRY R. MELTON JR. by Henry Sakaida PART I You know the old saying: “One thing leads to another…” Back in 1980, I met a very nice gentleman in Tokyo named […]

SOVIET “MEDALS OF HONOR” FIND THEIR WAY BACK TO THEIR FAMILIES BY HENRY SAKAIDA I’m sure that many of you have lost something very dear to you…perhaps a family ring, a special souvenir or keepsake, a […]

THE FORCED INTERNMENT OF CANADIAN JAPANESE DURING WWII The White Man’s War When World War One started, Ryoichi Kobayashi was 23 year years old and a stranger in Canada. The Great War brought out Canada’s strong […]

Sadaaki Akamatsu, Japan’s “Pappy Boyington” by Henry Sakaida “Akamatsu stunned his superior officers by his conduct. Instead of attending pilot briefings and waiting on the flight line like the other men, he had his own warning […]

BRIGADIER THE LORD LOVAT: D-DAY COMMANDO HERO By Henry Sakaida I was a kid in 1962 when the movie THE LONGEST DAY came out. It was about the 6 June 1944 D-Day Invasion of Europe by […]

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FRITZ NILAND THE REAL “SAVING PRIVATE RYAN”

Posted on August 26th, 2016 by:

FRITZ NILAND THE REAL “SAVING PRIVATE RYAN” The 1998 Steven Spielberg movie Saving Private Ryan was loosely based on the real life story of Fritz Niland, a paratrooper who jumped into Normandy and lost his brothers […]

HIROYOSHI NISHIZAWA: THE TRUTH ABOUT JAPAN’S TOP FIGHTER ACE By Henry Sakaida “Hiroyoshi Nishizawa was Japan’s greatest fighter ace; he shot down over a hundred American planes!” exclaimed Saburo Sakai, the first Japanese fighter pilot to […]

THE KANEYOSHI MUTO FAMOUS 12 AGAINST 1   COMBAT MYTH   By Henry Sakaida  To the Japanese, a good myth is something that is embellished,  venerated, and passed along to succeeding generations. If a story is good, why […]

MINORU WADA – JAPANESE OFFICER WHO BOMBED HIS OWN HEADQUARTERS: In 1945, Lieutenant Minoru Wada was part of the Japanese 100th Infantry Division fighting for its life on the Philippine island of Mindanao. Fighting on the island had […]

Saburo Sakai Meets the SBD Gunner Who Wounded Him at Guadalcanal By Henry Sakaida It’s not everyday that two men, who tried to kill one another in World War II, would meet and shake hands like […]

Saving the Lipizzaner Horses – Operation Cowboy: On April 26, 1945, Colonel Charles Reed was in Western Czechoslovakia at the point of General George S. Patton’s advance into Central Europe. Under his command was the 2nd […]

Adolf Galland Meets the Pilot Who Almost Killed Him FOE AND FRIEND, NO HARD FEELINGS! By Henry Sakaida On 26 April 1945, German ace Lt/Gen Adolf Galland led his jets against a flight of American B-26 bombers. […]

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Louis Zamperini Story from YANK MAGAZINE

Posted on May 1st, 2016 by:

Louis Zamperini from YANK MAGAZINE Durable Louis Sports By Sgt. Frank De Blois The full story of Lou Zamperini’s war with Japan probably will never be told. There were parts of it—the 47 days in an […]

B-24 Liberator Pilot Bill Getz of the “Phantom Renegade” By Jonathan Abbott The first puffs of flak appeared at 20:00 hours, thirty minutes to target. The explosions were far away and sporadic. There were no enemy fighters, […]

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