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Author Harding, Stephen, 1952-

Title Last to die : a defeated empire, a forgotten mission, and the last American killed in World War II / Stephen Harding.

Publication Info. Boston : Da Capo Press, [2015]

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 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    940.5425 HAR    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    940.54 HAR    Available
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Description vii, 253 pages : 16 unnumbered pages of plates, maps ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-221) and index.
Summary "On August 18, 1945--three days after Japan announced it would cease hostilities and surrender--U.S. Army Air Forces Sergeant Anthony J. Marchione bled to death in the clear, bright sky above Tokyo. Just six days after his twentieth birthday, Tony Marchione died like so many before him in World War II--quietly, cradled in the arms of a buddy who was powerless to prevent his death. Though heartbreaking for his family, Marchione's death would have been no more notable than any other had he not had the dubious distinction of being the last American killed in World War II combat. An aerial gunner who had already survived several combat missions, Marchione's death was the tragic culmination of an intertwined series of events. The plane that carried him that day was a trouble-plagued American heavy bomber known as the B-32 Dominator, which would prove a failed competitor to the famed B-29 Superfortress. And on the ground below, a palace revolt was brewing and a small number of die-hard Japanese fighter pilots decided to fight on, refusing to accept defeat. Based on official American and Japanese histories, personal memoirs, and the author's exclusive interviews with many of the story's key participants, Last to Die is a rousing tale of air combat, bravery, cowardice, hubris, and determination, all set during the turbulent and confusing final days of World War II."--Book jacket.
Contents Son and gunner -- The second-string super bomber -- Crisis in Tokyo -- Ceasefire, or not? -- A desperate fight -- Peace, or war? -- Homecoming.
Subject Marchione, Anthony James, 1925-1945.
United States. Army Air Forces. Photo Reconnaissance Squadron, 20th -- Biography.
United States. Army Air Forces -- Aerial gunners -- Biography.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, American.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Reconnaissance operations, American.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Japan -- Tokyo.
Pottstown (Pa.) -- Biography.
ISBN 9780306823381 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0306823381 (hardcover : alk. paper)

 
    
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