Posted: July 8, 2019 in Books

Well I read this book over the weekend, “Samurai! – The Autobiography Of Japan´s World War II Flying Ace” (Uncommon Valor Press, 2015) by Saburo Sakai. Originally in print in 1957, it gives the reader an unparalleled insight into the Japanese side of the war. This is by far the best account of air battle that I have ever encountered. The fact that Saburo Sakai survived the war is nothing short of a miracle. By the end of the war he had downed 64 Allied aircraft in places like China, Iwo Jima, Guadalcanal and other theaters of war. He flew his last missions over the burning cities of Japan in 1945. The stories in this book will hit the reader as a brick wall, one by one. Nobody should ever have to go through this kind of ordeal. The book is dedicated to all pilots, on both sides, that never returned home.

(My image of said book)

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