This grave marker was discovered by US troops on Kiska Island (Aleutians) in a small graveyard in August 1943. The marker was made and placed by Japanese soldiers, after they had buried an American pilot who had crashed on the island. The marker reads: "Sleeping here, a brave air-hero who lost youth and happiness for his Mother land. July 25 - Nippon Army". A small gesture of humanity amid the Apocalypse. Graves Markers, Ally Troops, Mothers Land, Brave Air Heroes, American Pilots, Small Graveyards, July 25, Nippon Army, Lost Youth
Stories like this need to be told more often. Found on Shorpy among the comments below photo at www.shorpy.com/.... Entitled "Other side of the story.". Widens our view of the bombing of Pearl Harbor from the pilots' experience. The pilots had no idea they were performing a sneak attack until afterward, and even then, if any of them had a problem with it, they were given veiled threats. Very interesting. I'm not surprised. Our history books never give us the total 'real' facts.
Eugene Jacques Bullard (1919) The first African-American combat pilot, was one of 200 Americans who flew for France in World War I.
Sgt Hajime Toyoshima, the first Japanese POW. He was the pilot of Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero from the Japanese imperial navy aircraft carrier Hiryu, who participated in the first air raid on Darwin. During the raid his plane was damaged and he made a crash landing on Melville Island. He was disarmed and captured by aborigines who then took him to Bathurst Island and handed him over to Sgt Leslie J Powell (right), 23 Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers.