A TORCH TO THE ENEMY : THE STORY OF THE DEVASTATING FIRE AGAINST TOKYO - MARCH 10, 1945

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160 pages - 1960 - Used, good condition
Illustrated with some photographs, this excellent pocket book will tell you about the devastating fire caused by the bombing of Tokyo on March 10th, 1945.

Characteristics

Book cover finish Perfect paperback
Special features First edition, Numbered copy ( F 425 K ), Dedicated copy, Original edition ( O.E. or Or.E )
Condition Used, good condition
Number of pages 160
Published date 1960
Language English
Size 11 x 18 x 2 cm
Author Martin Caidin
Editor Ballantine Books, Inc.

Description

THE WAR'S MOST DEVASTATING RAID

 

On March 9th, 1945, the most crushing single air attack of the war was launched against Japan. From Guam, Tinian and Saipan a vast armada of B - 29 Superforts took off into the gathering dusk - 334 of the U.S. Air Force's heaviest bombers on their way to Tokyo, 1600 miles away.

 

The story of that night is told unforgettably in A TORCH TO THE ENEMY. For General Le May the raid was the biggest gamble of his career - a daring bet that might end in total disaster. For the bomber crews it was an ordeal of incalculable chance- low - level bombing by night in heavily overloaded planes that had even been stripped of their guns ! For the Japanese, the events of that night are etched in horror and death. Nothing - not even the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki - exceeded in loss of life, in destruction of materiel, the devastation wrought by the wave of flame that roared over Tokyo. In just six hours a cyclone of fire completely destroyed 17 square miles of the city and left a staggering total of over 100,000 dead. 

À PROPOS DE CET AUTEUR
Martin Caidin

Martin Caidin ( September 14th, 1927 - March 24th, 1997 ) was born in New York City ( New York, United States ). At the age of 15, he lived on his own in New York, where he met the astronomer Carl Sagan ( 1934 - 1996 ). 


Martin Caidin began writing fiction in 1957. His best - known novel is Cyborg, which was the basis for The Six Million Dollar Man franchise. Some other books with movie tie - ins include The Final Countdown and novels featuring adventure - archaeologist Indiana Jones : Indiana Jones and the Sky Pirates ( 1993 ) and Indiana Jones and the White Witch ( 1994 ). 


During 1961, Martin Caidin was one of the pilots of a formation flight of Boeing B - 17 Flying Fortresses across the Atlantic Ocean, likely the last such flight, from the United States to England via Canada, the Azores and Portugal. He recounted this journey in his book Everything But The Flak


Martin Caidin bought and restored to full airworthiness the oldest surviving Junkers Ju 52 aircraft ( Ju 52 / 3m, Serial No. 5489 ) which he named " Iron Annie ". He was pilot - in - command of " Iron Annie " on November 14th, 1981, when 19 people walked on one of its wings, a world record. After touring extensively among shows of vintage military aircraft, or warbirds, " Iron Annie " was sold to Lufthansa in 1984. 


Additionally, Martin Caidin wrote an aircraft manual for the Messerschmitt Bf 108, which has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration as the standard manual for the plane, and twice won the Aviation / Space Writers Association Award for the outstanding author on aviation. Martin Caidin also established a company with the purpose of promoting aeronautics to young people. 


( source : Wikipedia )

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