Hap Halloran, a B-29 Navigator and Japanese POW, gives readers the focus
of the book when he said, "There are many unanswered questions about the fate of this crew and other crews but in remembering
we can be proud of who they were, what they did, what they stood for, and what they were a part of." These
are the four chapters of "Z Square 7, A B-29 True Story" that tell the story of these true American heroes.
"Who They Were" identifies the crew and their families. Readers will understand
the sacrifice and hardship of the families on the loss of their husband, father, son, brother or close relative. Some
of the crew members interrupted their college education to enlist in the Army Air Corps. One crew member was exempt from military
service because he was an only child but he begged his parents to sign for him to enlist. Each one enlisted because
"going to war was something they felt they had to do."
"What They Did" chapter includes General Curtis LeMay's strategic plan for the bombing
of the mainland of Japan. It tells readers how and why this bombing needed to be different than the bombing plan in the European
Theater of Operations. Several crewmembers, who were in the same south Tokyo vicinity on early
morning of May 24, 1945, report their observations of the battle conditions. Another 500th Bomb Group crew tells their
experiences in bombing Target 357, the Nakajima Aircraft Company in north Tokyo and the Japanese defenses surrounding
the plant. Z Square 7 was there....several times.
"What They Stood For"
chapter tells readers the experiences of Lt Raymond "Hap" Halloran and Major Robert Goldsworthy,
in the Japanese POW Camps and how they survived the beatings, torture and starvation. Of the 215 men lost, who
were with the 500th Bomb Group, only 7 returned after the war. Parachuting from stricken B-29s did not offer much chance of
survival with the Japanese military or civilian population.
"What They Were A Part Of" tells readers about
the importance of the those two small islands, Saipan and Iwo Jima, the atomic bombs, and General Twining's history of the B-29, Superfortress.
There are pictures and stories about the Saipan base including an article in the Stars and Stripes
paper written by the war correspondent,
Ernie Pyle. "What
Z Square 7 Was A Part Of" was the defeat of the Japanese Empire.
There are pictures of memorials dedicated to the B-29 crews, some memorials located
in the State of Kansas. There are pictures of "FIFI," the only B-29 flying today. The Commemorative Air Force flies
"FIFI" and the B-24, Liberator, "Diamond Lil" to air shows throughout our country. There are over 160
pictures...many B-29 bombing and damage photos.
C. Douglas Caffey, a WW2 veteran of the 509th Bomb Group on Tinian, has
contributed several of his original poems that include "Lt
Robert Copeland, An Old Flag Will Do, and B-29 Chapel In The Sky."