Sinking the Rising Sun: Dog Fighting and Dive Bombing in World War II

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Awarded the Navy Cross, Lieutenant William Davis, III, of the United States Naval Reserve was cited for "extraordinary heroism" while serving as pilot of a carrier based fighter aircraft on 25 October 1944. "Flying through intense anti-aircraft fire," the citation read, "he made an aggressive attack on a Japanese carrier, first strafing and then delivering a well placed bomb from low altitude. After this attack the carrier was left burning and subsequently sank." The burning carrier was the Zuikaku, the last Japanese carrier afloat that had taken part in the Pearl Harbor attack.

In this gripping memoir, Davis gives us a fighter pilots view of World War II. Recreating the life-and-death drama of dog fighting and dive bombing over the Pacific, Davis recounts how his squadron shot down 155 enemy planes while losing only 2 of their own in aerial combat. No torpedo bomber or dive bomber they escorted was ever downed by an enemy aircraft. His is a story of "courage and skill . . . in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval service," as his citation noted. It is also a rare true-life account of what such heroics feel like behind a cockpit, in the face of a deadly enemy.

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about the wartime experiences of William W. Davis, a combat pilot in the uS Navy Air Corps, credited, with other pilots, for sinking the the Japanese carrier Zuikaku. Written with great vereve by davis, his story reads like a Hollywood movie, full of great characters, humour, romance, and tradgedy. Beautifull scenery contrasts with the ugliness and brutality of war, with death accepted as inevitable for some unlucky member of this Band of Brothers. The action-packed war-fighting takes place in the final third of the book, but like a good movie it is well worth the wait and the humour and warts-and-all style makes the pages fly by. A superb acount of one man's war. --Warship International Fleet Review

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Lieutenant William Davis III of the United States Naval Reserve was awarded the Navy Cross for "extraordinary heroism" while serving as pilot of a carrier-based fighter aircraft on October 25, 1944. "Flying through intense anti-aircraft fire," the citation reads, "he made an aggressive attack on a Japanese carrier, first strafing and then delivering a well placed bomb from low altitude. After this attack the carrier was left burning and subsequently sank." The burning carrier was the Zuikaku, the last Japanese carrier afloat that had taken part in the Pearl Harbor attack. Here is a fighter pilot's view of World War II, told in colorful language and gripping detail. His is a story of "courage and skill . . . in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval service," as his citation noted. It is also a rare true-life account of what such heroics feel like behind a cockpit, in the face of a deadly enemy. Sinking the Rising Sun includes a foreword by his friend and fellow World War II veteran, the legendary Jonathan Winters.

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