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An extraordinary story of courage, valor, and dogged determination, the vivid account of how a few brave young pilots ensured lasting peace during World War II.
In May 1945, with victory in Europe established, the war was all but over. But on the other side of the world, the Allies were still engaged in a bitter struggle to control the Pacific. And it was then that the Japanese unleashed a terrible new form of warfare: the suicide pilots, or Kamikaze.
Drawing on meticulous research and unique personal access to the remaining survivors, Will Iredale follows a group of young men from the moment they signed up through their initial training to the terrifying reality of fighting against pilots who, in the cruel last summer of the war, chose death rather than risk their country's dishonourable defeat—and deliberately flew their planes into Allied aircraft carriers.
Will Iredale joined the London Sunday Times in 1999, working first on the foreign news desk and subsequently undercover investigations. He lives in London with his family. This is his first book.
"Will Iredale writes with verve and expertise to illuminate the story of the young men who lived and died at the fag end of the war in the battle against Japan in the summer of 1945. His story is laced with vivid anecdotes which wonderfully illustrate the character and calibre of the individuals who took up this great challenge." Jonathan Dimbleby
"In an impressive first book, Iredale fairly weighs the effectiveness of the British effort. An engaging history of an underreported facet of the Pacific war." Kirkus Reviews
"A gripping account of British fighter pilots in the Pacific." Rick Stroud, author of 'Rifleman'
"Relying heavily on survivor recollections, journalist Iredale’s work presents a nearly forgotten account of the carrier pilots and deck crewmen who served in the British Pacific Fleet during the closing phase of World War II.A powerful testament to World War II’s Anglo-American military alliance. Recommended for military and diplomatic historians, general readers, and all libraries." Library Journal