From Pearl Harbor to Calvary: True Story of the Lead Pilot of the Pearl Harbor attack and His Conversion to Christianity by Mitsuo FuchidaMitsuo Fuchida was a Captain in the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service who is perhaps best known for leading the first air wave attacks on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Fuchida was responsible for the coordination of the entire aerial attack working under the overall fleet commander Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo. After World War II ended, Fuchida became an evangelist, Christian preacher and frequently traveled to the United States to minister to the Japanese expatriate community. He became a United States citizen in 1966. His autobiography was originally released in 1953, and this edition will be published to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 2011.
Former POW Jacob DeShazer Returns to Japan
At a. In Tora! Fuchida served Japan throughout the war. He once again escaped possible death when an emergency appendectomy left him on the bridge of the aircraft carrier Akagi instead of flying a plane when the United States attacked during the Battle of Midway. Later, having broken both ankles when thrown by an explosion, he became a staff officer with Vice Adm.
One lead the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, while the other participated in the Jimmy Doolittle raid against Japan in April One found the Gospel while in a Japanese internment camp and learned to love his Japanese captors. They became close friends, reconciled, and worked through their differences in the name of Christ. Can you imagine if this kind of forgiveness and reconciliation amongst Christians was the norm and not the exception? And he was one of my own countrymen. This would be a wonderful world if we would all try to love one another.
On December 7, , Japanese planes were launched from aircraft carriers in range of the Hawaiian Islands. Ace airman, Mitsuo Fuchida, gave the famous attack signal, Tora! Tora Tiger! They wreaked havoc on the unsuspecting U. Pacific Fleet anchored in exquisite Pearl Harbor.
Jacob DeShazer, a bombardier in the storied Doolittle raid over Japan in World War II who endured 40 months of brutality as a prisoner of the Japanese, then became a missionary in Japan spreading a message of Christian love and forgiveness, died on March 15 at his home in Salem, Ore. He was His death was announced by his wife, Florence. James H. Doolittle, flew from the carrier Hornet on a daylight bombing raid that brought the war home to Japan for the first time since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The five crewmen bailed out over Japanese-occupied territory in China and all were quickly captured.