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.
During August 1945, Captain Edward H. Mikes, Jr. from Berwyn, Illinois was a fighter pilot in the U. S. Army Air Force flying the P-51D Mustang from Iwo Jima on Very Long Range (VLR) mission over Japan.
In August 1945, Lieutenant Yutaka Morioka was a 33 year old squadron leader flying the Zero fighter with 302 Air Group based at Atsugi Naval Base. Previously, he attended the Navy Academy at Etajima and was trained as as a dive-bomber pilot, then trained as a fighter pilot.