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Flyboys: A True Story of Courage is a nonfiction book by writer James Bradley, and a national bestseller in the U.S. This book details a World War II incident of the execution and cannibalism of five of eight American P.O.W.s on the Pacific island of Chichi-jima, one of the Ogasawara Islands (Bonin Islands).

Flyboys: A True Story of Courage
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Hardcover edition
AuthorJames Bradley
SubjectWorld War II
PublisherLittle, Brown
Publication date
940.54/05/09528 21
LC ClassD804.J3 B73 2003


The book describes the backgrounds of several American airmen who flew raids over Japan during World War II, and includes interviews with Japanese veterans of the conflict. It describes an air raid in which ten crewmen survived being shot down, with nine captured and subsequently killed and cannibalised by their captors. The tenth crewman, future US president Lieutenant George H. W. Bush, was not captured.