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The Last Zero Fighter: Firsthand Accounts from WWII Japanese Naval Pilots

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  25 ratings  ·  5 reviews
This book is rich with firsthand accounts from interviews conducted in Japan with five WWII Japanese Naval aviators. All are veterans of the pivotal battles of the Pacific War including; the sinking of the USS Panay, Nanking, Pearl Harbor, Wake Island, Rabaul, Port Darwin, the Indian Ocean Raid, Ceylon, Midway, Guadalcanal, Marshall Islands, Tarawa, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, the...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by Pacific Press
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Tokko-tai -- I didn't know the meaning of this phrase and
neither did the Japanese pilots when they first heard it.
They were shocked when they learned it meant crashing your bomb
laden plane into an enemy ship.

In the 'Last Zero Fighter' there are a variety of phrases for
the more familiar expression 'Kamikaze'. Despite depictions of
those fanatical swarms, the pilots couldn't make much sense of
having experienced pilots kill themselves, but followed orders.

A group of kamikazes usually had a fight...more
I have always been fascinated with the WWII era and have read the books and watched the movies about it. This book by Dan King, The Last Zero Fighter, was one that hooked me and kept me reading it. Dan King is an American who is fluent in Japanese. This allowed him to conduct his own interviews with many Japanese WWII pilots about their experiences. There have been other similar books done by Japanese authors in Japanese that may have been translated. But Dan's language ability allowed him speci...more
This is a untold (at least on this side of the Pacific Ocean) of the Japanese Air Force during World War 2. Mr King has a intimate knowledge of the Japanese culture due his work for over two decades with Toyota. The author interviewed and befriended many former fighter pilots who fought against us during the war. Among the people interviewed was the last surviving pilot who was in the attack on Pearl Harbor. All of these men are now in their 90's and time has given them a perspective that helps...more
The Last Zero Fighter By Dan King is about how the Japanese used the Zero for strategic missions from a Japanese point of view. I really liked this book for three main reasons.
The first reason is that instead of getting a view of WW2 from an American [which I already have read a lot from them] you get a point of view from Japanese because Dan King can speak Japanese. When it comes down to war stories,you usually get the winner of the war point of view, but in this case, even though he is stil...more
Dan King
Apr 26, 2014 Dan King rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
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Firsthand Accounts assembled from personal interviews with WWII Japanese Naval Pilots who talk about growing up in Japan, why they enlisted in the Navy, and why they wanted to become aviators.

They share their experiences in China, and throughout the Pacific War. If you have relatives who fought during WWII in the Pacific you will enjoy reading about "the other side". There are some surprising and shocking revelations about how the Japanese selected and trained their pilots; and how they were tre...more
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