1945

Henry Sakaida, prolific author and noted aviation historian has passed away at age 66. Henry Sakaida had a lifelong interest in World War Two aviation, particularly in the Pacific war between Japanese and American pilots. His […]

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 […]

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RUSSIANS ENTER BERLIN TUNNELS TO ROUT NAZIS

Posted on May 25th, 2018 by:

RUSSIANS ENTER BERLIN TUNNELS TO ROUT NAZIS From the May 1, 1945 Edition of Stars and Stripes Russian troops with tanks blasted a path before them, yesterday hemmed the remnants of Berlin’s suicide garrison into ten […]

NAMES FROM JAPANESE BIOLOGICAL WARFARE UNIT 731 REVEALED In April 2018, the National Archives of Japan disclosed the names of 3,607 members Unit 731. Behind the innocuous sounding name, Unit 731 was responsible for some of […]

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 […]

AS THEY SAY IN SOUTHERN PART OF RUSSIA – A YANK IN THE ETO GRIPES ABOUT NOT GETTING FURLOUGHS Dear YANK: We’re a comparatively new outfit in the ETO as we left the States in January, […]

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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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WATCH YOUR STEP, GENTS, WACs ARE OUT GUNNING

Posted on March 21st, 2018 by:

WATCH YOUR STEP, GENTS, WACs ARE OUT GUNNING By Selma Chapmond Stars and Stripes Staff Writer From the July 12, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes WITH THE WACS ON THE RIFLE RANGE, July 11–A group […]

ATTACKS BY V1 BUZZ-BOMBS CONTINUE ON SOUTHERN ENGLAND From the July 24, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes With few interludes, the Germans continued their robot-bomb attacks on London and Southern England over the weekend, causing […]

WWII RESEARCHER HOPES TO FIND MISSING USMC FIGHTER PILOT On July 21, 1945 USMC pilot, Lt. John McGrath took off from Kadena Airfield on Okinawa for a ground attack mission on nearby Iriomote Jima. During his […]

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BRITISH IGNORE RECOGNITION OF AUSTRIAN REGIME

Posted on February 19th, 2018 by:

BRITISH IGNORE RECOGNITION OF AUSTRIAN REGIME From the May 1, 1945 Edition of Stars and Stripes LONDON, April 30.–A British Foreign Office commentator said today that the British government does not recognize the Austrian Provisional Government […]

IRAN RADIO WAS ON THE AIR BEFORE YOU COULD SAY ‘TAINTON-POTTBERG’ By Sgt. Al Hine YANK Staff Correspondent NORTHERN IRAN—Behind the rather terrifying moniker of T-4 Alaric Clifton Tainton-Pottberg lies a career of radio-script writing in […]

OKINAWA YANKS REACT CALMLY TO NEWS OF ETO VICTORIES From The May 7, 1945 Edition of Stars and Stripes OKINAWA, May 6 (ANS)—The reported death of Adolf Hitler and the word of surrender of the German […]

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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 […]

CAEN IS DOLLED UP IN ITS SUNDAY BEST TO WELCOME ALLIES By Doon Campbell Reuter War Correspondent From the July 11, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes CAEN, July 10–The people of Caen dressed in their […]

A GI COMPLAINS ABOUT THE VALUE OF THE DISCHARGE BUTTON Dear YANK: The purpose of this letter is a protest against the present veterans’ discharge lapel button now being issued, which in my opinion is entirely […]

IRAN DUCKS GO GARRISON – A GI GIVES WATERFOWL LESSONS IN CLOSE ORDER DRILL From YANK Magazine IRAN—Watching a platoon of ducks (mallards and redheads, Persian variety) doing close-order drill twice a day under the direction […]

FIFTH, EIGHTH ARMIES GAIN FROM PO RIVER BRIDGEHEAD From the April 26 Edition of Stars and Stripes (UP).–From a 50-mile bridgehead on the north bank of the Po River, Allied Fifth and Eighth Army troops today […]

YANKS GAIN ON OKINAWA: IE SHIMA CONQUERED BY 77TH INFANTRY DIVISION From the April 23rd Edition of Stars and Stripes GUAM, April 22 (ANS).—Three U.S. Army divisions, in fighting officially described as the “bitterest kind,” have […]

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NAZIS’ RECORDS OF ALLIED POWs ARE CAPTURED

Posted on January 6th, 2018 by:

NAZIS’ RECORDS OF ALLIED POWs ARE CAPTURED From the April 20, 1945 Edition of Stars and Stripes XII CORPS HQ., Germany, April 19–Germany’s complete records of Allied prisoners of war have been captured by forces of […]

CHRISTMAS ON THE ROCK – WHAT SOLDIERS WANT FOR CHRISTMAS ON IWO JIMA Mother Nature was in a nasty mood when Jack Frost reported in, “Look, Jack,” she said, “I don’t often complain when you goof […]


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