Lighter than a Feather by David Westheimer

By David Westheimer

On may possibly 25, 1945, whereas American and eastern forces on Okinawa have been locked in sour fight, the U.S. Joint Chiefs of employees despatched out plans for an amphibious invasion which might subjugate Japan. “Operation Olympic” used to be to grab Kyushu, whereas “Operation Coronet” was once to strike without delay opposed to the Tokyo area.

Westheimer’s meticulously researched novel approximately this plan startled readers within the 1970s.

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All the canopies were open. The white of the kamikaze's hachimaki was clearly visible. Hasegawa motioned his wingmen to deploy around the kamikaze, Kuwahara to the left side and Inoue to the right. Hasegawa covered the rear. Thev cHmbed with the kamikaze but at higher altitude, hoping to draw off the enemy fighters long enough for the kamikaze to make their attacks. From the higher altitude Hasegawa could see transports spread out to the limits of his vision, a host beyond his imaginings. Here and there a fire burned.

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35] "I wouldn't believe anv of the stuff you say I veil if my throat wasn't so sore. " The plane veered one hundred off fifty yards from the slipped sideways into the sea. Hurst relaxed. Only three Sonoma and left and none heading for the Sonoma. " gun slewed around Hurst's bow. A until pointed directly over the Sonoma's it thousand yards ahead of the Sonoma a suicide plane was pass- ing over the first ship in the coliunn on a head-on course. " Shore yelled. " The Sonoma's fire overlapped that of the two transports ahead of but the Japanese plane kept coming, shedding pieces of fuselage.

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