This is the thrilling saga of war in the air in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II told from the Japanese point of view. It is the story of the men who created, led, and fought in the deadly Zero fighter plane. In their own words, Jiro Horikoshi (who designed the Zero), Masatake Okumiya (leader of many Zero squadrons), and Saburo Sakai (Japan's leading...more
Zero is the firsthand account of two WWII Japanese pilots active in the Pacific Campaign. The telling is unvarnished; equally critical of decisions made by both sides, often *more* critical of the Japanese Air Force and Army than of the Allied Forces.
Some parts were ...more
The book starts by explaining the Imperial Navy's air arm development during the 1920s, then it moves to the missions flown in China. Of special interest it's the introduction of the Zero fighter to the Chinese air operations and how it boosted the Navy's air-force wi ...more