Author(s): Will Iredale
In May 1945, with victory in Europe established, the war was all but over. But on the other side of the world, the Allies were still engaged in a bitter struggle to control the Pacific. And it was then that the Japanese unleashed a terrible new form of warfare: the suicide pilots, or Kamikaze. Drawing on meticulous research and unique personal access to the remaining survivors, Will Iredale follows a group of young men from the moment they joined up through their initial training to the terrifying reality of fighting against pilots who, in the cruel last summer of the war, chose death rather than risk their country's dishonourable defeat and deliberately flew their planes into Allied aircraft carriers. A story of courage, valour and dogged determination, The Kamikaze Hunters is a gripping account of how a few brave young men helped to ensure lasting peace.
The extraordinary story of the young British airmen who fought the Japanese suicide pilots
Will Iredale joined The Sunday Times in 1999, working first on the foreign news desk and subsequently the home news desk, where he specialised in undercover investigations. Since 2007 has worked in media communications and currently advises businesses and individuals on their relationship with Fleet Street and the wider media. He lives in London.