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My Dad did that parking lot wheelie/crash thing with the Kaw W2-650SS I bought in Japan. Except he hit a chain link fence. I explained to him very clearly that it had a lot more power than the old Henderson4 he rode as a young man, but would he listen? Nooooooooo.
 

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Yeah, Seruzawa's father was a Boeing engineer. He was the lead ashtray engineer on the Boeing 247. :)
Actually he spent the war in New Mexico maintaining the Beech Twin aircraft that they used to train bomber pilots. He had his orders for the Pacific in July 1945. Luckily for him Hiroshima and Nagasaki eliminated the necessity of invading Japan. My parents had no patience with the idiots who still like to second guess what happened back then.
 

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Tell me about it. I never understood how people argued against it. More people would have died, on the Japanese side alone, if the ground attacked would have been carried out.

I forget how many millions were projected to have been killed if we would have been forced to invade.
Very few argued against it at the time. The arguments are the usual Monday morning quarterbacking conducted by the armchair warriors and ivory tower academics who have never held real jobs.

The military estimated a million+ Allied casualties to take the entire mainland. That's probably a conservative estimate considering that only about .001% of Japanese troops surrendered during the island campaigns. The Japanese were training women and girls to charge the Allied troops with spears to take advantage of the American troops' reluctance to fire on women and children.
 

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We did what we had to do, I've seen a number of interviews of Paul Tibbits on the History and Military channels and he doesn't offer a shred of remorse or apology nor should he.

It's all well and good now to say we pushed the Japanese into it with oil embargo's but the reality is they attacked us. They started a war with us and lost..would it have been more humane to keep napalming their cities till they quit? I guess it would have kept Boeing busy building B29's for a few more years.
Yes. We certainly were a bunch of meanies to cut off oil to Japan and interfere with their aims to occupy China and the entire Far East. How dastardly to oppose their racist expansion policies.

That evil ol' USA! LOL!
 
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