Flyboys: A True Story of Courage
|Subject||World War II|
|LC Class||D804.J3 B73 2003|
Flyboys: A True Story of Courage is a nonfiction book by writer James Bradley, and a national bestseller in the U.S. This book details a World War II incident of the execution and cannibalism of five of eight American P.O.W.s on the Pacific island of Chichi-jima, one of the Ogasawara Islands (Bonin Islands).
The book describes the backgrounds of several American airmen who flew raids over Japan during World War II, and includes interviews with Japanese veterans of the conflict. It describes an air raid in which ten crewmen survived being shot down, with nine captured and subsequently killed and cannibalised by their captors. The tenth crewman, future US president Lieutenant George H. W. Bush, was not captured.