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Japanese Aircraft of WWII

Dec 6, 2014

WHAT: Open to the public, Planes of Fame Air Museum (Chino, CA) presents its monthly Living History Event. The topic for the December 6 event is ‘Japanese Aircraft of WWII', featuring the Japanese Imperial Navy Aichi D3A "Val" and the Yokosuka Suiseu D4Y3 (Judy) Model 43. Dan King will be our speaker, author of the Last Zero Fighter and A Tomb Called Iwo Jima.  The Val will be on display and perform a flight demonstration. At 12:00 noon, the Membership Sponsored raffle flight will occur in a designated aircraft. Become a member to enter the raffle. All members are eligible to enter the raffle, but you must be present to win.

Dan King is our featured speaker and noted author who will be talking to us about firsthand accounts from Japanese WWII soldiers, sailors and pilots who fought in the battle for Iwo Jima and survived. Some were evacuated before the Marines landed and others were taken as Prisoners-of-War. The Japanese army and navy combatants are given a voice to share their experiences in the battle that coined the phrase, "Uncommon valor was a common virtue."  There are dozens of new, fresh photos in the book. Dan will later be signing his books. This topic eminates from his book "A Tomb Called Iwo Jima" (see his book at Amazon.  Also Dan has a Facebook page about this book.

Dan is a WWII Pacific war historian who reads, write and speak Japanese. After earning his degree in Japanese language he spent 15 years working for Toyota, 10 years of which were in Japan which provided him a valuable and rare look into a world often closed to outsiders.

After returning to the US he worked on several dozen movies and historical documentaries as a technical advisor, historical & language consultant and re-enactment coordinator. His passion for the subject of the war in the Pacific has led him to seek out over 250 Japanese WWII veterans and personally interview 97 of them, in their own language. He has also been interviewed on several radio programs and has spoken to hundreds of people about Japanese aviation. His 2nd book "The Last Zero Fighter" is available on Amazon and Kindle.

His original research with WWII Japanese Army & Navy veterans has inspired him to travel to the far-flung battlefields of the Pacific to study firsthand the localities in which the battles occurred giving him a unique boots-on-the-ground perspective. Learn more about his travels to Iwo Jima, Guam, Okinawa, Guadalcanal, Wake Island, Midway and others on the WWII page.

He is experienced in Japanese culture, translation & interpretation and is available for projects, meetings, and travel. Dan’s expertise is provided through: Japanese-English Translation, Interpretation, Cultural Consulting, Historical Consulting, Japanese Military Technical Consulting, Voice over, ADR (SAG), and SAG since 2001. View his website at www.historicalconsulting.com.

Kevin Thompson (POF Moderator and Aviation Historian) and Kevin Thompson and Charlie Issacs will present an overview of Japanese Aircraft.

WHEN: Saturday, December 6, 2014, 10am–12 noon: Speaker program & flight demonstration. Museum doors open at 9:00am.

WHERE: Planes of Fame Air Museum, 7000 Merrill Avenue #17, Chino, CA 91710

WHY: It is the Mission of Planes of Fame Air Museum to preserve aviation history, inspire interest in aviation, educate the public, and honor aviation pioneers and veterans. The Museum sponsors regular events in the form of inspirational experiences, educational presentations, flight demonstrations, and airshows in fulfillment of this mission.

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