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251_Akira_IJN
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2005 3:13 am
Post subject: Samurai

If you have ever been interested in WW2 air combat from the Japanese perspective, I highly recomend reading Samurai by Saburo Sakai. Most of you are probably aware that Sakai was Japan's highest surviving Ace and his perspective on allied pilots, aircraft, and tactics is worth reading.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2005 12:16 pm
Post subject: Re: Samurai

The book was well done and told a story most of us had never heard or even considered. Most interesting (to me) was comparing the IJN military life experiences to our service life. Man, talk about culture shock, and I had lived in Japan and Korea for two years before reading the book.

Any pilot who knows with certainty that he must fly until he dies must be admired for his courage. Of course flying while wondering if you will make 50 missions takes a bit of nerve, also.

Those were tough times. But then someone did say "war is hell".

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Ken
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