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Danger's hour : the story of the uss bunker hill and the kamikaze pilot who crippled her

Author: Maxwell Taylor Kennedy
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
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In the closing months of World War II, Americans found themselves facing a new and terrifying weapon: kamikazes -- the first men to use airplanes as suicide weapons. By the beginning of 1945, American pilots were shooting down Japanese planes more than ten to one. The Japanese had so few metals left that the military had begun using wooden coins and clay pots for hand grenades. For the first time in 800 years, Japan  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: (DLC) 2008015863
(OCoLC)221962047
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Maxwell Taylor Kennedy
ISBN: 9781416594420 1416594426
OCLC Number: 892926603
Notes: Title from resource description page (Recorded Books, viewed October 06, 2014).
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; Colophon; Also by Maxwell Taylor Kennedy; Title Page; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Introduction; PART I LOOMINGS; 1 The Path to Pearl Harbor; 2 Kiyoshi Ogawa; 3 1942: Japanese Primacy; 4 The USS Bunker Hill (CV-17); 5 How It Works; 6 Drafted: Japan 1941-1944; 7 Saipan and the Destruction of Japan's Air Forces; 8 First Kamikazes; 9 The Bunker Hill Departs for Enemy Territory; 10 Ulithi: Waiting for Battle; 11 Tokyo Raid; 12 Fraternization and Race Relations Aboard the Bunker Hill; 13 Students Become Tokko; 14 Kamikazes Strike Ulithi; 15 The Yamato; 16 Kanoya; 17 The Real Thing 18 Grind19 Volunteers; 20 Desperation: May 8-10, 1945; 21 Viceroy; PART II RENDEZVOUS WITH DEATH; 22 Yasunori Seizo; 23 I Found the Enemy Vessels; 24 Fire; 25 Smoke; 26 Water; 27 Helping Out; 28 Damage Control; 29 Rescue; 30 Burn; 31 Adrift; 32 Recovery; PART III AFTERWARD; 33 Damage; 34 Burial at Sea; 35 Good-bye to All That; 36 Destroyer Rescue; 37 The Long Voyage Home; 38 Cherry Blossoms; Epilogue: Looking Back; Author's Note; Acknowledgments; Bibliography; Museums
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