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Lists with This Jaqf. Richard Bednarz rated it it was amazing Sep 27, The book is packed with details on combat missions, geographical locations, and combatants’ names, so the reading b-2 be slow or confusing for those without some previous background. Several photos display the Bs’ intricate artwork, from Disney characters to bare-breasted women.

Raymond Pang marked it as to-read Feb 03, Now retired after a long career in the textiles industry, Takaki is working on several book projects with Henry Sakaida. Other English-language books on Japanese suicide attacks have little information on these JAAF pilots who made ramming attacks on Bs, so this well-researched book provides many details b–29 historical photos not found elsewhere. The Japanese were waiting and ready, with night fighters and searchlights, and anti-aircraft guns.

Instead, only those pilots in designated special attack units are officially recognized.

B Hunters of the JAAF by Koji Takaki

Halloran survived the war but was ill-treated during captivity. Most were beheaded as soon as they were captured. Perhaps the Atomic hutners was justified considering the fanatical character of our enemy, and the unforgettable, unforgivable treatment of our POWs. Tom Tullis has illustrated a number of books in both the Aces and Combat Aircraft series, and was the first artist to produce material for Osprey Aviation electronically.


Most times they were never even seen. Both the Army and Navy formed “special attack corps” to carry out suicide attacks, and these included planes to crash dive into ships, kaiten manned torpedoes, explosive motorboats, and other weapons. Instead, the Army formed “special attack” units with the purpose to make suicidal ramming attacks against huntes Bs. Immediately Americans were aware of the Japanese pilots great exaggerations of kills.

Most English-language books and film documentaries consider kamikazes to include Japanese pilots who conducted suicidal ramming attacks on American aircraft.

Paperbackpages. The Kamikaze attacks by the Japanese increased and were quite effective. Return to Book Page.

LeMay also started using incendiaries and systematically started bombing virtually every city in Japan. This proved very effective. Michael Pearse marked it as to-read Dec 22, In OctoberHalloran visited the crash site of his B-229, and on the same trip he shook hands with the Japanese pilot who had spared his life more than a hjnters century before.

Bs were stripped of weight, and due to the long distance fuel problems forced them to carry small bomb loads. His eye for detail and exhaustive research has led to him being given access to much archive material by former aces who have remained silent since the end of the war.

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Rare historical photos and exceptional color illustrations fill this book. Want to Read saving…. The book focuses on ramming attacks, so the reader does not get an understanding of their relative importance when compared to conventional aerial attacks or to antiaircraft fire. Next, General Curtiss LeMay began low-level fire bombing of Japanese cities, which caused great destruction.


The thorough research of Takaki and Sakaida on a narrow topic resulted in this fascinating book with much information and many photos not found in other English-language publications. Open Preview See a Problem?

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Bloomsbury PublishingOct 20, – History – pages. The authors provide both sides’ claims of aircraft downed, but many times the combatants considerably overestimated or exaggerated the claims. It was then only natural that the pilots who attempted to shoot these high-flying Boeing bombers out of the skies over Tokyo, Nagasaki, Hiroshima and Kobe should become known as the elite of the Japanese Army Air Force.

Americans lost Bs during their bombing raids p. Some pilots survived multiple ramming attacks on Bs. Instead, only those pilots in designated special attack units are officially recognized.

Michael Malone marked it as to-read Jan 18, Koji TakakiHenry Sakaida. In OctoberHalloran visited the crash site of his B, and on the same trip he shook hands with the Japanese pilot who had spared his life more than a half century before.

The book also has many well-drawn illustrations of JAAF planes, tail markings, unit insignia, and markings used to signify claims to B kills.