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by Michael J. Freeman
Freeman Enterprises  1997
417 pages
Photographs, maps, artwork,
ISBN: 0965614042

Language: English

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Behind Enemy Lines

This book is the self published memoirs of U.S. Navy (USN) veteran Michael J. Freeman who served in the the South Pacific (SOPAC) during World War II. His duties included taking photographs of crashed Japanese planes, sometimes behind enemy lines and his service with Air Technical Intelligence Unit (ATIU) in charge of locating and examining enemy aircraft for technical analysis. The book is illustrated with many photos from his personal collection, of both aircraft wrecks and sites from his wartime experiences.

Mission To Choiseul
This work took Freeman all over the South Pacific including a 29 day mission behind enemy lines on ChoiseuI Island to locate and identify crashed Japanese planes with the assistance of coastwatchers hidden on the island.  On this mission, the team had many harrowing experiences under the nose of thousands of enemy troops, but succeeded in locating a downed D4Y2 Judy, and later recovering it, the first captured example in theater.

Other Aircraft Wrecks
Freeman also participated in many other interesting missions, such as visiting by PT Boat the wreckage of G4M1 Betty ditched at Nuguria Atoll and recovering another Betty from New Georgia, by native canoe and then landing barge. He also visited the north coast of New Guinea, surveying wrecks Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) aircraft wreckage at Alexishafen Airfield.

Philippines & Beyond
His story continues with the landing at Leyte, and capturing kamikaze George aircraft from the waters off the fleet. Also, the Ohka, rocket powered suicide bomb, and the war in Leyte and Luzon.

Author Michael J. Freeman passed away in February 2000. In the early 2000s, his widow Clydene Freeman offered a limited number of the books for sale. Are you a relative of Mchael J. Freeman?
Review by Justin Taylan  

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