Kanbaku War Notes
Strangely, it seemed to have gone unnoticed by airplane buffs and war historians, perhaps, because the article was tucked away in the last pages of a magazine for motorbike enthusiasts. I, too, had forgotten about the article until very recently when it turned up in my old files. Upon rereading the articles after eight years or so, I thought it was too good to be left unnoticed. So I took it upon myself to translate it into English with hopes of putting the article on the internet in order to reach a wide source of readers and to give just credit to the narrator of his war -time experiences, Mr. IIZUKA Tokuji.
These articles, subtitled “Kanbaku War Notes,” were carried
in four issues of the monthly magazine, Bikers Station,
August through November of 1997. They had some pictures of Pilot IIZUKA
in flight uniform, the kanbaku team of the carrier, Akagi, IIZUKA’s
plane in flight, as well as other illustrations. The publisher & editor
of the Bikers Station magazine, Mr. SATO Yasuo,
has given me his blessings on translating the articles into English for
the internet audience for which I am very grateful.
To Mr. IIZUKA Tokuji, I wish to extend my deepest gratitude for enabling us to partake in his rich experience as a kanbaku pilot during WWII.