This magnificent book, beautifully illustrated with black and white photographs, tells the reader how the Imperial Japanese Army Air Service has been destroyed by the end of the Second World War.
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||Robert Clement Mikesh
||Airlife Publishing Ltd
By the middle of 1945 the Second World War was in its final stages and the substance of japan had been gutted. The Japanese Homeand was at the mercy of air raids and inevitable invasion and in the tradition of bushido, some military leaders were dedicated to fight to the very end to defend their Emperor and country. In this endeavour, nearly 11,000 aircraft were available for Kamikaze crash dives.
By the end of June 1945, thousands of suicide or special - attack aircraft had been converted for this purpose from 4,800 army and about 5,900 navy fighters, bombers, trainers and reconnaissance aircraft that had survived the air battles. An additional 2,500 were expected to be converted for the Kamikaze missions by late Summer of that year. It was this strength of surviving aircraft that the occupying forces found when they arrived on Japanese soil. Of those thousands of aircraft, only a few remain today to stand as testimony of this once powerful air armada.
Interest in these surviving aircraft soon vanished as the world focused on peaceful objectives, and many were scrapped before their true value was recognised. Others found their way to air museums. These survivors are listed and their locations given as a concluding chapter for this book.
Robert Clement Mikesh ( February 24th, 1928 ) was born in Ottumwa ( Iowa, United States ), and resided there until joining the U.S. Air Force in 1949. Aviation had always been his avid hobby, and it was during these early years of his life that he collected this material on aviation matters in Iowa. Robert C. Mikesh served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years, during which time he was assigned for eight years in the Far East and Southeast Asia. In Vietnam, he served as an Air Liaison Officer with V.N.A.F. for part of that time.
His military experience included flying night intruder B - 26's with the 17th Bombardment Wing in Korea, and serving as a Forward Air Controller while flying O - 2A's with the 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron in Vietnam. With an accumulation of 9,000 flying hours in many types of aircraft, his high - time aircraft is the Martin B - 57 Canberra, flown at various assignments over a 15 year span.
After retirement from the Air Force in 1970, Robert C. Mikesh fulfilled a near lifetime ambition by joining the staff of the National Air and Space Museum. His responsibilities in this capacity included ensuring that the aircraft being restored for the museum were complete and exact in every detail ranging from internal accessories and structural repair, to exterior colors and markings. Adding historical and technologically significant aircraft to the Museum's collection was also one of his duties.
As an author, he is a frequent contributor to various aviation magazines on diverse aeronautical subjects. His best known specialty, however, deals generally with Japanese aviation subjects. He was written twelve aviation books, including Zero Fighter ( 1984 ), Martin B - 57 Canberra : The Complete Record ( 1997 ), Japanese Aircraft Equipment : 1940 - 1945 ( 2004 ) and Restoring Museum Aircraft ( 2009 ).
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