Firsthand true accounts from Japanese WWII naval pilots.
The Last Zero Fighter follows their experiences growing up in the 1930's, joining the Japanese Navy, training, and finally heading off to war. The book is a humanization of the men who have long been categorized as automatons bent on crashing their planes into US ships. They talk of their salad days, of loving families, friends and those they disliked as well...and those have lost their lives. This book gives a voice to those who have remained silent for far too long.
The firsthand true experiences in the book include the bombing of the USS Panay, Nanking, Pearl Harbor, Wake Island, the Indian Ocean raids, Ceylon, Midway, Guadalcanal, Guam, Saipan, the Marshall Islands, Okinawa, the kamikaze in the Philippines and the last defense of the homelands.