All posts tagged: World War 2

How the man who led the Dec 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, became a believer in Jesus

Today marks the 80th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour and CBN had an interesting story on how Captain Mitsuo Fuchida, the Japanese pilot, who organized and led the Pearl Harbor attack on Dec 7, 1941, became a Christian, ironically, due to the influence of Jacob DeShazer. Because DeShazer was an American air force service man, who was captured after his plane went down in China after the Doolittle Raid, that saw US B-25 bombers target several industrial sites in Japan in 1942, as a direct response to the Pearl Harbor attack. Since the bombers did not have enough fuel to return to their carriers, they were told to fly on to China to hopefully be rescued by friendly Chinese soldiers or citizens. DeShazer and his B-25 crew were captured by Japanese forces the day after their plane ran out of gas earlier than expected, forcing them to parachute into Japanese-controlled, Chinese territory. DeShazer spent the next 40 months in prison of war camps in Japan and China. He was not only starved, …

From “Tora, Tora, Tora” to preaching the Gospel, the story of Mitsuo Fuchida

When the Japanese launched their attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Mitsuo Fuchida who led the first of two waves ordered his navigator to send those famous words, “Tora, Tora, Tora” back to their flag-ship, the carrier Akagi. It was the code used to relay to the Japanese fleet that their attack had not been detected. As leader of the air strike, Fuchida stayed in the air over Pearl Harbor as the second wave of Japanese planes came in for their bombing runs. This unprovoked assault by the Japanese air force numbering 353 fighters, bombers and torpedo planes resulted in the deaths of over 2,500 Americans. Though sixteen American ships were damaged or sunk, most were repaired and returned to service. The attack resulted in the Americans declaring war on Japan the next day. Fuchida continued on as a pilot in the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service. When he was injured in the battle of Midway, and no longer able to fly, he trained pilots in Japan. Many people are unaware that Fuchida …