FLYBOYS. A True Story of Courage

Boston: Little, Brown & Co., (2003). First edition. Hardcover. Over the remote Pacific island of Chichi Jima, nine American flyers, Navy and Mariner airmen sent to bomb Japanese communications towers there, were shot down. One of those nine was miraculously rescued by a U.S. Navy submarine. The others were captured by Japanese soldiers on Chichi Jima and held prisoner. Then they disappeared. When the war was over, the American government, along with the Japanese, covered up everything that had happened on Chichi Jima. The records of a top-secret military tribunal were sealed, the lives of eight Flyboys were erased, and the parents, brothers, sisters, and sweethearts they left behind were left to wonder. This book reveals for the first time ever the extraordinary story of those men. Bradley's quest for the truth took him from dusty attics in American small towns, to untapped government archives containing classified documents, to the heart of Japan, and finally to Chichi Jima itself. What he discovered was a mystery that dated back far before World War II, back 150 years, to America's westward expansion and Japan's first confrontation with the western world. 398 pages illustrated from photographs. A near fine copy in a near fine dust jacket. Item #14632
ISBN: 0316105848

Price: $50.00

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