WWII History Articles

BAND OF BROTHERS DAVID KENYON WEBSTER’S JUMP INTO NORMANDY David Kenyon Webster used to fantasize about war. When he was ten, he and his friends dug trenches near the brook behind his house and pretended they […]

TWO RESCUED P-51 MUSTANG PILOTS “BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE” By Henry Sakaida I was on eBay two weeks ago and came across a seller who offered a home movie showing the 6th and 7th war patrol […]

HUMAN TORPEDO ATTACK! THE JAPANESE NAVY’S KAITEN SUICIDE TORPEDO PROGRAM By Henry Sakaida In the desperate final year of WWII in the Pacific, very few people on both sides knew of the existence of the Japanese […]

WILLIAM HITLER – THE NEPHEW OF A NAZI DICTATOR In 1944, a man in his early thirties enlisted in the US Navy. There was nothing unusual about the event except that the man’s name was William […]

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ZERO ACE SADAMU KOMACHI NEEDED CLOSURE

Posted on March 23rd, 2018 by:

ZERO ACE SADAMU KOMACHI NEEDED CLOSURE By Henry Sakaida I received the strangest request over a cup of coffee in a Tokyo café back in 1975 when I was a starving college student. I was visiting […]

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UNKNOWN AMERICAN PILOT NOW IDENTIFIED

Posted on February 7th, 2018 by:

UNKNOWN AMERICAN PILOT NOW IDENTIFIED By Henry Sakaida On 1 August 1945, the war with Japan was in its final days. Riyogi Honda was walking along the beach of Saeki Bay on the east coast of […]

YEKATERINA ZELENKO – ONLY WOMAN TO RAM AN ENEMY AIRCRAFT – FACT OR FICTION? By Henry Sakaida The Soviet Union created posthumous heroes to inspire the nation during and after the Great Patriotic War. These individuals […]

THE TRAGIC STORY OF MERLIN PADDOCK AS REMEMBERED BY AN ENEMY PILOT AND HIS WIDOW By Henry Sakaida “I think it was around May 1945 when I met that American,” remembered Takeo Tanimizu, a former Zero […]

WHATEVER BECAME OF TAKEO TANIMIZU’S ZERO FIGHTER 03-09? By Henry Sakaida “I flew the most famous Zero fighter during the war, but no one knows me!” chuckled former Zero pilot Takeo Tanimizu. Photographs of Tanimizu’s A6M5 […]

AWOL…WILLIAM M. KLIEN – TOP TURRET GUNNER 384TH BOMB GROUP By William Klien Jr. Dad Enlisted on 16 Aug ’40. After the War Broke out he was an airplane mechanic (TSgt). His unit was designated to […]

YOSHIYUKI SUMIDA AND WALTER L. ROSE: TWO FORGOTTEN OPPONENTS By Henry Sakaida Growing up as a kid, I would often look through our old family photo album and focus my attention on a young Japanese sailor. […]

A POSTCARD WRITTEN LONG AGO By Henry Sakaida From time to time, little mysteries would land in my lap. Like a small sliver under my skin, it is discomforting and the only way to find peace […]

FORMER FBI AGENT GARY NILA RETURNS WWII JAPANESE ARTIFACT TO FAMILY BY HENRY SAKAIDA I have this knack for making old WWII artifacts “talk.” One day in 1995, my collector friend Gary Nila told me that […]

SOVIET ACE VIKTOR LOZOVSKI RAMMED A GERMAN ME-109 By Henry Sakaida Intentionally ramming an enemy aircraft in a dogfight took nerves of steel, skill, and a lot of luck. Soviet pilots exhibited extreme hatred toward their […]

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 […]

A MOTHER’S TEARS – A TELEGRAM REPORTING A SON MISSING IN ACTION By Sidney Ukraine Standing at the door was a young boy in a Western Union uniform. My mother never associated this with the hundreds […]

Roald Dahl – WWII Royal Air Force Flying Ace and Spy By Dirk de Klein of dirkdeklein.net For decades I have been enjoying his stories from ‘Charlie and the chocolate factory’ and ‘BfG’ to the creepy ‘Tales […]

VISITING DUCKY LOUIE, “CHINA’S LITTLE DEVIL” By Henry Sakaida In September 2016, I made a road trip up to the San Francisco Bay Area with friends to meet and interview Dr. Lawrence Louie, a retired dentist. […]

JOSEPH VAN DER HAEGHEN THE PERFECT B-17 PILOT By Maxine Van der Haeghen My husband of 63 ½ years, Joe Van der Haeghen, died early in the morning of January 1, 2009. He was 91 ½ […]

The last Samurai: Sakae Ōba and the largest banzai charge of the war in the Pacific 大場 栄 By Pierre Kosmidis of WW2Wrecks.com Thousands of Japanese soldiers and civilians lost their lives during the Battle of Saipan […]

ADDITIONAL DUTIES REQUIRED – AN ARMY OFFICER LEADS A TRUCK CONVOY TO INDIA AND ENCOUNTERS MORE THAN HE BARGAINED FOR By Cletus Nelson In the spring of 1945 a total new phase of my military life […]

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