The images on this page were contributed by Daniel Arnoud, and Kirk Donskey.
Mr. Arnoud provided the first photo on this page of his mother standing on the wreckage of Z-8. His mother had been stranded in Kobe, Japan when the war began, and was still there during the bombing of the city on 17March1945. She and other foreigners and Japanese took refuge on Mt. Futatabi to escape the incendiary raid on the city. This picture of her with the wreckage was taken when the war ended. The bracelet was fabricated by parts from the Z-8 by POWs from Hyogo-Ken POW Camp, and given to Mr. Arnoud’s mother.
Kirk Donskey provided all other photos or documents (#2-15) on this page. He acquired them from the estate of a photographer, Bob Hofweber, assigned to the 7th Army Air Corp Combat Camera Unit. (Photo credits is to Bob Hofweber and this is the Kirk Donskey collection).
These photos have helped fill in another piece to our puzzle.
Our gracious thanks to Daniel and Kirk.