- Hardcover: 456 pages
- Publisher: Pegasus Books; 1 edition (May 31, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1681771675
- ISBN-13: 978-1681771670
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.4 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,368,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Kamikaze Hunters: Fighting for the Pacific: 1945 1st Edition
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“In an impressive first book, Iredale fairly weighs the effectiveness of the British effort. An engaging history of an underreported facet of the Pacific war.”
- Kirkus Review
“Will Iredale writes with verve and expertise to illuminate the story of the young men who lived and died at the fag end of the war in the battle against Japan in the summer of 1945. His story is laced with vivid anecdotes which wonderfully illustrate the character and calibre of the individuals who took up this great challenge.”
- Jonathan Dimbleby
“Relying heavily on survivor recollections, journalist Iredale’s work presents a nearly forgotten account of the carrier pilots and deck crewmen who served in the British Pacific Fleet during the closing phase of World War II.A powerful testament to World War II’s Anglo-American military alliance. Recommended for military and diplomatic historians, general readers, and all libraries.”
- Library Journal
“A gripping account of British fighter pilots in the Pacific.”
- Rick Stroud, author of 'Rifleman'
About the Author
Will Iredale joined the London Sunday Times in 1999, working first on the foreign news desk and subsequently undercover investigations. He lives in London with his family. This is his first book.
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Given that the Kamikaze first appeared in 1944, it is a long wait until we get to the events the title promises.
All in all though the book is an under appreciated account of the superb effort made with often not adequate equipment to bring the Pacific war to a conclusion.
That British carriers even saw combat in the Pacific was noteworthy. Until January 1945, the American Navy owned the Pacific war. Admiral Ernie King saw no reason to allow Brit units to serve in the Pacific. For political reasons, Churchill wanted that involvement and King was overruled by FDR, hence the British Pacific Fleet. Beginning in January 1945 with a strike on the Palembang oil facility on Sumatra, Avenger, Corsair, Firefly and Seafire aircrews based on HMS Formidable, Indomitable and four other carriers pounded various targets including those on the Home Islands. The carriers also underwent kamikaze attacks with various carriers shaking off the body-crashers' attacks thanks to their armored flight deck. By war's end, the BCF had done their share of the fighting and taken heavy losses as a result.
Iredale's book is an excellent summary of the BPF in action. He engagingly interweaves the life stories of many BPF aircrew from their pre-war beginnings through wartime service in the Pacific with the history and development of the Brit carrier force. It's a fascinating story well-told. Recommended.