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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 […]

WAKE RAID IS REVEALED BY THE NAVY- It Followed Marcus Blow, Reported by Japs; Both Bases Hit Heavily From the May 27, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes The U.S. Navy yesterday broke its silence on […]

MUNICH AREA BOMBED – 1,200 Forts and Libs Paste Reich Targets; Mediums attack in France. From the July 13, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes Boosting the weight of bombs dropped on the area of southern […]

FORD EAGLE SQUADRON MUSTANG GT TO BE AUCTIONED OFF Ford created a special Mustang in honor of the American fighter pilots who served in the Royal Air Force in the opening days of World War II. […]

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 […]

PEARL HARBOR USS ARIZONA MEMORIAL CLOSED INDEFINATELY On May 6th, vessel operators to the USS Arizona memorial noticed a crack on the outside of the memorial, although tourists were allowed to disembark and crews completed interim […]

STARS AND STRIPES ORPHAN S’ FUND PASSES £62,000 From the July 11, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes With a bomb group represented by Chaplain Clarence R. Comfort Jr. sending in £100 to complete the sponsorship of […]

NUDGE IN REAR CAME TO SOON, SO MITCHELL GUNNER BOMBED WRONG TARGET IN CHINA By Sgt. Marion Hargrove SOMEWHERE IN CHINA–This story has been held back for a while because the fellow was mighty sensitive about […]

P51 ACE JAMES GOODSON MISSING SINCE JUNE 20, AF REVEALS From the July 15, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes AN EIGHTH P51 BASE, July 14 (AP)–Maj. James Goodson, credited with destruction of 30 German planes–15 […]

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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 […]

MISSION CONCEIVED, DELIVERED OF BOMBS ALL WITHIN 10 MINUTES From the July 12, 1944 edition of Stars and Stripes NINTH AIR FORCE HQ, FRANCE July 11 (AP)–What may likely have been the fastest bombing mission ever […]

GUN EMPLACEMENTS SMASHED IN SPECIAL MISSION BY HEAVIES By Nathan Asch Stars and Stripes Unit Correspondent From the June 12, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes AN EIGHTH AIR FORCE BASE, June 11–The Nazi gun emplacements […]

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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 […]

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GUNNER, MISSING P47 FLIER ARE AWARDED U.S. MEDALS

Posted on January 15th, 2018 by:

GUNNER, MISSING P47 FLIER ARE AWARDED U.S. MEDALS From the July 12, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes Capt. Alwyn M. Juchheim, of Grenada, Miss., now missing in action, has been awarded the DSC for “extraordinary […]

FIGHTER PILOTS FLY IN TRIBUTE TO INFANTRY – 9th AF Goes All-Out To Make Ground Job Easier, No Op Too Tough If It Will Help Doughboys By Bud Hutton Stars and Stripes Staff Writer From the […]

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 […]

SCHWEINFURT RAID – IT COST PLENTY BUT IT WAS WORTH IT By Sgt. Walter Peters The Eighth Air Force raid on Schweinfurt in southern Germany was probably the most devastating single air battle ever fought. We shot […]

GABRESKI, TOP ACE WITH 28 KILLS, CAN’T SEEM TO FIND NO. 29 From the July 15, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes AN EIGHTH P47 BASE, July 14 (AP)–Lt. Col. Francis E. Gabreski, top American ace, […]

1,100 BOMBERS BATTER MUNICH; TOULON RAIDED – LUFTWAFFE SHUNS A FIGHT, BUT FLAK OVER REICH IS INTENSE; 20 HEAVIES LOST From the July 12, 1944 edition of Stars and Stripes More than 1,100 American heavy bombers–one […]

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3 HONORED FOR RESCUING FLIER FROM WRECKED P38

Posted on December 14th, 2017 by:

3 HONORED FOR RESCUING FLIER FROM WRECKED P38 From the July 14, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes A NINTH TROOP CARRIER BASE, July 13–An officer and two enlisted men received the Soldier’s Medal in ceremonies […]


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