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 first book was written about famed Japanese fighter ace Saburo Sakai in 1985 and branched out to books about the air war in the Pacific, heroes of the Soviet Union and the Japanese I-400 submarine. Henry was also instrumental in putting US veterans in touch with their former Japanese and German adversaries and building a bridge of understanding and reconciliation between former enemies.

Lesser known by the general public was Henry’s generous spirit which led him to track down the former owner’s of items taken by allied soldiers during WWII. Eventually, he became the man many former American soldiers went to in hopes of tracking down family members of items they picked up off the battlefield. Henry Sakaida also had a passion for returning many Soviet Gold Star Medals and other high medals of bravery to family members in Russia.

Henry Sakaida contributed many articles to A War to Be Won and was always ready to help anyone in their research. Henry’s passing leaves a huge void in the world of WWII historians and in the hearts of his family, friends and fans. Rest in Peace Henry, we will miss you greatly.

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Henry in the cockpit of a Zero (courtesy of Pacificwrecks.com)

Some Articles Written by Henry Sakaida

For Books by Henry Sakaida Check Out:

Heroes of the Soviet Union 1941–45

Heroines of the Soviet Union 1941–45

I-400: Japan’s Secret Aircraft Carrying Strike Submarine, Objective Panama Canal

Genda’s Blade: Japan’s Squadron of Aces: 343 Kokutai

Aces of the Rising Sun 1937–1945

B-29 Hunters of the JAAF


  • David says:

    I’m really sorry for this loss, and I can only confirm what I read: “was always ready to help anyone in their research”. It was true, thanks again for your help, rest in peace.

  • Mike O'Connor says:

    Agree 100%! Henry was well respected for his books but, more importantly, well liked for his willingness to help anyone interested in military aviation history. He was a great guy!

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