Flyboys: A True Story of Courage, by James Bradley


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Group Members:
Jon Held
Ethan McConell
Michael Burtt
Eric Deerwester
Jack Watterson
Chris Lawlor
Connor Ertz
Nathan Briggs
David Bernard
Marc Halsted

Discussion Location: Mr. Halsted's room 505 (hittin' up tha five oh five)

Discussion Questions:
Were the Americans as much to blame as the Japanese for the horrors of the war?
Do you believe the bombings of civilians in cities such as Tokyo and Hiroshima were justified by the necessity to end the war?
What do you believe would have happened if the firebombing had continued?

Were both the Allied troops and Japanese troops equally in the wrong for crimes committed throughout and leading up to the war?
Why did Japanese resort to cannibalism during the war?
What were some common views on Japan in the years leading up to the war?
What role did cannibalism play in the book?
Why were the Japanese not charged with the crime of cannibalism?
How did Gyokusia or Spirit War play a part in the Japanese losing the war?
Should the families of the pilots been told the details of their deaths?
Should we accept the deaths of civilians as a consequence of war?
Did American treatment of Japan before the war lead to especially brutal treatment for American soldiers?
Why was the story of the Flyboys kept such a secret until recently?

Themes:
Why was the Flyboy's bravery so important for them to succeed in their missions?
How was propaganda used in both the U.S. and Japan to promote the war effort?
Why do you think there is a feeling of mutual respect between Allie and Japanese soldiers in the aftermath of the war?
How much of an effect did the hypocrisy of America and other countries have on WWII?


Conflicts:

How were the Japanese soldiers morally conflicted on Chichi Jima?
Did American flyboys have any moral conflicts about the pain they inflicted on Japan during the war, such as in Doolittle's Raid?

Setting:
Various islands in the Pacific during World War II
WWII in the Pacific on Japanese occupied islands where the pilots were captured, east Asia where Japan invaded China, and the homes of the enlisted pilots at the beginning of the war.

Outside Resources:
Chichi Jima Wikipedia
Chichi Jima Picture