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Last Mission of the Jordan Crew
a Foreword by Philip Seaton
ordinary people in times of war?
explores this question as he documents the true story of a B-29 crew
that was shot down over a rural Japanese village on July 20, 1945.
Presented in narrative form, Hadley weaves a gripping tale drawn from
recently declassified historical documents, never before seen
photographs, and interviews with both Japanese eyewitnesses and
survivors of the B-29 crew. Field
is not simply the story of an incident that took place over half a
century ago. It is a chilling reminder of what awaits today’s
soldiers when they fall into the waiting arms of terrified and angry
people are saying about 'Field of Spears'
fascinating insight into
the processes of trying to piece together the past.'
Philip Seaton in the electronic
journal of contemporary japanese studies.
sensitive, timely, academically rigorous and infinitely readable.'
Nick Henck in
mortals experiencing epoch-making history.'
James Oglethorpe in
Praise for Field of Spears
excellent job of research. For those familiar with B-29 crews it is
meaningful reading…the crew interaction described in the
book was similar throughout the 2000 plus aircrews of the 20th Air
Force. It will be good reading for remaining crew members and their
families. Gregory Hadley deserves our thanks for a job well done.
Aircraft Commander of Anne Garry V during the last mission of WW II and
Veteran of 29 missions over Japan as Co-Pilot with the 6th Bomb Group.
is a fine piece of historical research—and of writing. The
day it arrived, I printed it and started reading—and I
didn’t put it down until 2:00 in the morning after I had read
the entire manuscript. This is a compelling story, thoroughly
researched, and well written.
Department of History, Concordia University,
and author of Remembering the
Historical Society Press, 2005).
is a valuable contribution towards deeper understanding of the ways
that war memories continue to affect the lives of individuals, decades
after the end of the conflict, and the problems that the historian
faces in uncovering a truly definitive account of the past.
Associate Professor, Hokkaido University
and author of Japan's
Contested War Memories
is Professor of English and American Cultural Studies at Niigata
University of International and Information Studies, Japan.
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published by Paulownia Press:
Father's Dying Wish: Legacies of War Guilt in a Japanese Family
By Gregory Hadley
and Tigers and The Double Edged Dagger: The Cowra Incident of 1944
Nagase Takashi, Second Edition edited by Gill Goddard
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