FIST FROM THE SKY: THE BIOGRAPHY OF CAPTAIN TAKASHIGE EGUSA, IJN.

Smith, Peter C.


£30.00




Manchester, 1st ed., 2006. 272 pp., photo-ills. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. Tracing the evolution of Japanese dive-bombing through the eyes of one of its masters, the author follows the steps taken by one IJN pilot, Captain Takashige Egusa, as he strove to become a warrior in World War II. We follow his training and service career as commander of the 12th Kokutai with fourteen Type 94 Aichi D1A1's under his direct orders through the bombing of USS NEVADA at Pearl Harbour where he took charge of and led the second wave of eighty-one Aichi D3A1 Vals in his special flame-red aircraft. Later, aboard aircraft carrier SORYU, Egusa's pilots devastated the British Eastern Fleet under Admiral Sir James Somerville before he himself was badly burned and capitulated into the sea during the bitter battle at Midway. Recovering from his injuries Egusa upheld traditional Japanese fighting values, returned to battle and gave his life for his country in June 1944. This biography provides a new insight into the Japanese navy's pre-war influences, its way of thinking and its values as Japan built its formidable military forces. Scarce.


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