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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

THE FIVE-DAY ATTACK ON HASTINGS RIDGE AT NEW GEORGIA By Sgt. Mack Morriss WITH THE U.S. OCCUPATIONAL FORCES ON NEW GEORGIA–Hastings Ridge is just a little place, a sort of quiver in the convulsions of New […]

GUAM BOMBED, SHELLED 2 DAYS BY US NAVY REVEALS ADMIRAL NIMITZ From the July 15, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes Emphasizing the possibility of an imminent landing on Guam, U.S. warships and aircraft bombarded the […]

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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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 […]

US GOVERNMENT SEEK TO REPATRIATE SICK AND WOUNDED AMERICAN PRISONERS HELD BY JAPANESE From the July 12, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes WASHINGTON, July 11–Proceedings to repatriate sick and wounded Americans being held prisoners by […]

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 […]

GUAM SHELLED, BOMBED ANEW – “SOFTENING-UP” OF THE ISLAND FOR POSSIBLE LANDING From the July 12, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes An announcement yesterday by Adm. Chester W. Nimitz that American cruisers had shelled the […]

CHINA’S PLIGHT ACUTE–WARNS VICE PRESIDENT HENRY WALLACE From the July 12, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes Vice-President Henry A. Wallace, back from a trip to the Far East, yesterday described China’s military situation as “very […]

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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JAPANESE CUT OFF U.S. BATTALION ON MINDANAO From the May 10, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes MANILA, May 9 (ANS).–Japanese troops. in their first show of strength since the 24th Div. landing on Mindanao April […]

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JUNGLE WAR – A SOLDIER’S FIGHT ON NEW GUINEA From YANK Magazine We were flown over the Owen Stanley range to relieve an Australian combat unit, which was keeping open a trail over which natives were […]

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 […]

AMPUTATING REVEILLE – ROOSTER TROUBLE IN THE PANAMA CANAL ZONE By Sgt. William Tusher YANK Field Correspondent PANAMA CANAL ZONE—Immortalized in Irving Berlin’s “Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning,” the secret ambition […]

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