FLYBOYSBY: JAMES BRADLEY



Journal #1 pg. 1-97
In the beginning of the book Flyboys the author James Bradley starts by talking about the relationship between Japan and the United States before WWII. He mentions some of the culture of Japan mainly about their religious beliefs. It was said that some missionary like people came to Japan to try and spread Christianity and God. But this did not go well for the emperor of Japan because he it said that he was not the supreme rule. So once this was heard it was quickly decided by him that there was to be no more outsiders in Japan. This is why Japan was not a big force or treats before WWII. They did not even trade with any outside countries for a bit of time, they were completely isolated from the outside world. Then Bradley goes on about just prior to the and talks a little bit about Pearl Harbor and the effects it had on America and what we were going to do back to them. Then he compares the 2 islands of Iwa Jima and chichi Jima were the story takes place. Although Iwa Jima was also a very hard mission, chichi Jima was considered to be considered to be suicidal. Then he talks about the 9 Flyboys who went in and tried to take out this heavily guarded Japanese Island. One of these brave young later became the 41st president of the United States. He also then talks about the lives of the other 8 flyboys and what their childhoods were like.


I really enjoy reading the book so far it is very informational and interesting. I really liked how Bradley talked about Japans early history and how they came to be since like me I believe many other people did not know much about their history. It was also extremely interesting to hear about these brave and very young Americans go off to a place they never been before to an impossible mission. I also like how he talks about how bout sides got started in WWII. I was also interested by the way he explained the lives of the other flyboys and also including their childhoods. So far I really enjoy reading this book and look forward to continuing it.

· Chichi jimaexternal image 1945_02_18_circa_SB2C_over_Chichi_Jima_1200x.jpg
· Iwa Jima
· Pearl Harbor
· Early Japanese history
· WWII draft
· Emperors of Japan
· Russo-Japanese War







Journal #2 pg. 98-168
Summary: Just before the start of chapter 7 James Bradley talks about the boys and who they were and what they did. He then goes on to talk about Franklin D. Roosevelt and how he was going to take control of the war. Roosevelt says that the way the war goes will be determined by how the Flyboys react to it. Roosevelt decided to construct an attack called the Doolittle raid named after the famous Flyboy James Doolittle. The mission was considered a success but 9 of the flyboys were captured. On October 14, 1942 the 9 flyboys were found guilty of war crimes and were said to be executed the next day. Thankfully 5 of the 9 were going to be prisoners of war but not usual prisoners of war. The 5 flyboys remaining were ordered to be treated much worse than a normal prisoner of war would be treated. Unfortunately for Dean, Bill, and Harold the other 3 flyboys, they were going to be killed the next day. On the day they were sentenced to die the Japanese guards gave them a pen and a piece of paper to write their final letters home. As said in the beginning of the book the Japanese did not accept Jesus or God into their society. But, they knew that the American soldiers had, so they had tied them to a cross. Then they had put a white cloth over the faces of the men that had an X on them. The Japanese soldiers then fired and there were 3 less Flyboys. The letters that these boys had written were later found in one of the desks of the Japanese and were never mailed. Also, the death of the 3 Flyboys was not found out by the U.S. until a year after it had happened. When Roosevelt heard about this he was furious about how the Japanese had done this and gone away from the civilized way of war. Roosevelt then put out many messages all across the country about this and expressed his sorrow for the boys who had to suffer from this.
During this section of the reading it was very sad and hard to read what the soldiers had to go through if they were caught as prisoners of war. I felt that the Flyboys were especially brave for going through these missions that were considered to be impossible. Also when the 9 Flyboys got captured and how they did not become prisoners of War, they were considered to be much worse than that. They were sentenced to death and that seemed to be unheard of in war but the Japanese thought that they should be killed. It was also very sad that 3 of the 9 had to die and it seemed like they were chosen by random even though none of them should have died like that. I felt the way that they had killed them was also not a civilized thing to do. This is what I felt like while reading this section of my book.

· Role of president Franklin D. Roosevelt in the WWII
· POW`s of WWII
· Religious beliefs of Japan in WWII
· Flyboy James Doolittle
· Air force missions of WWII
· Fighting planes of WWII
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Journal #3 pg. 169-265
In the 3rd section of the book flyboys James Bradley continues to talk about the punishment and the torture the remaining POW`s have to go through. While on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean Roosevelt just gets the word that the 3 flyboys were just killed. Roosevelt says that this is not a proper way of war and that Japan must be punished for doing such an uncivilized thing even in war. It goes on to show how much more the Japanese are hated by the Americans and their soldiers. Many of the men in this section of the army are furious of this and seek revenge on all of Japan not only their army. Then after a couple weeks they soon start to make a plan to get the remaining boys out of their and further more bomb Japan`s mainland. During this whole time the boys are looking for a way to escape while a few of the others know it is the end for them and they will never leave the island again.
I really enjoyed this part of the book it really shows a good transformation leading up to what soon will be the climax of the book. It felt weird reading about how some of the men in the military reacted towards the news of the 3 boys being killed and even the president’s way of thinking about it. Although it was an unnecessary thing to do I thought it was interesting that the president wanted to react by attacking which would only lead to more confusion and war in the end. Overall I think so far it’s been a great book and I look forward to seeing what will happen to the rest of the boys.

· Japanese military in WWII
· Roosevelt reaction to warexternal image images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQit9ou8B7fscMM4rD12CXFHILEDaYY6q6j5iLuq0paX3o4nbsd
· Starvation
· America during WWII
· The atomic bomb


Journal # 4 Pg. 256-342
Summary: Starting in the 16th chapter James starts by showing a couple of generals and some pilots who are talking about the POW`s and how they are going to get them back home. The 2 pilots then had to get ready with the others to invade the Japanese and get the Flyboy POW`s back alive. They and many other pilots got ready to into the unknown to help their fellow soldiers. As they into this mission Jimmy Dye was beheaded by one of the Japanese captains. The other flyboys then knew there was no chance of escaping the island. They were only able to rescue one of the POW flyboys and that was George H. W. Bush who later is a very prominent figure in the U.S. government. Saddley for all the others tell were either never found or killed by the Japanese soldiers. Then after they had saved him they to continue with the rest of their mission. They then entered the main land of Japan and bombed a lot of the mainland near Tokyo and many civilians died. Then after all the fighting was over James Bradley goes on to talk about the many casualties that happen during the war. He then talks about Warren Earl and how after he was declared missing and the reaction of his mother Evi.
During the end of the story it was a very good feeling to see that one of the POW`s of the Flyboys had been rescued. It was also disappointing to see that known of the others had made it back home to see their families. I thought it was that Bradley showed Evi Earl and her reaction as a mother to find out that her son is never coming back home. I also liked the way he explained how that in war many casualties occur and that it is sad and there is not much to do to stop it. Overall I thought it was a good read if you really r in to war stories and war strategies. James Bradley does a great job of retelling the story of the Flyboys and other people who were influenced in their lives and how they tried to help them. I also like the way he shows reality and how they are actually treated as POW`s even though it’s hard to even think about what they had gone through in war it was very interesting.
· George H. W. Bush influence in WWII external image bus0-012a.gif
· Truman and WWII
· The bombing on Japan
· B-29 planes of WWII
· Tokyo in WWII
· Japan in WWII
· Iwa Jima