The Rescue
of Ed Mikes

An American Fighter Pilot
In The Last Days of World War II

by Henry Sakaida & Donna Mikes Musil
The Rescue of Ed Mikes tells the incredible story of an American fighter pilot who bailed out over Japan and was rescued in the last days of World War II.

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The Pilots

The Skies Over Japan

World War II: August 1945


American fighter aircraft include the famous P-51D Mustangs fly Very Long Range (VLR) missions over Japan. Defending Japanese Zeros fight to defend their homeland.


U. S. Navy PB4Y-2 Privateers hunt targets of opportunity while B-17H Flying Fortresses carrying a Higgins lifeboat search for downed pilots.


U. S. Navy submarines perform lifeguard duty to save American aviators. Among them is the USS Aspro (SS-309) on her seventh war patrol.


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