Leader of a dive bomber squadron at Pearl Harbor, he later made friends with
Photograph signed: "Zenji Abe" in English and Japanese scripts.
B/w, 5x7. He flew an Aichi dive bomber from the carrier Akagi to
attack the US Light Cruiser Raleigh in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Abe, who had seen aerial combat in China from 1937, participated in many
more battles, sinking the British carrier Hermes, until his forced island
landing during the Battle of the Philippine Sea (1944). One of the few
Japanese pilots to fight through the entire Pacific War and survive, Abe formed
a close friendship with former US Marine Sergeant Richard Fiske when both
attended 50th anniversary observances of the Pearl Harbor attack in 1991.
From then until his death in 2004, Fiske visited the battleship Arizona Memorial
once a month two drop into the harbor two roses purchased by Abe, one each to
honor the American and Japanese dead. Abe wrote a book about his wartime
experiences, The Emperor's Sea Eagle. Fine condition.
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