An Untold Story of WWII; A History Book Talk
In 1943, the United States military began to plan one of the most dramatic secret missions of World War II. Its code name was Operation Vengeance. Naval Intelligence had intercepted the itinerary of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, the Commander-in-Chief of the Japanese Combined Fleet, whose stealth attack on Pearl Harbor precipitated America’s entry into the war. Harvard-educated, Yamamoto was a close confidant of Emperor Hirohito and a brilliant tactician who epitomized Japanese military might. On April 18th, the U.S. discovered, he would travel to Rabaul in the South Pacific to visit Japanese troops, then fly to the Japanese airfield at Balalale, 400 miles to the southeast. Informed by deep archival research and his experience as a decorated combat pilot, Operation Vengeance focuses on the mission’s pilots and recreates the moment-by-moment drama they experienced in the air. Hampton recreates this epic event in thrilling detail, and provides groundbreaking evidence about what really happened that day.
DAN HAMPTON is the New York Times bestselling author of Viper Pilot, Lords of the Sky, The Hunter Killers, The Flight, and Chasing the Demon. During his twenty years (1986-2006) of service in the United States Air Force, Colonel Hampton received four Distinguished Flying Crosses with Valor, a Purple Heart, eight Air Medals with Valor, five Meritorious Service medals, and numerous other citations. He is a graduate of the USAF Fighter Weapons School, USN Top Gun School (TOGS), and USAF Special Operations School. A frequent guest analyst on CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC discussing foreign affairs, military, aviation, and intelligence issues, he has published in Aviation History, Airpower, the Journal of Electronic Defense, Air Force Magazine, Vietnam magazine, and Dartmouth College’s Clamantis literary journal, and written several classified tactical works for the USAF Weapons Review.
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