Why did Lambert log nearly 70 hours per week as a Naval flight instructor for seven straight months prior to Pearl Harbor?


History suggests the reason:  Japanese conquest began ten years before Pearl Harbor.  They invaded China in 1931, killing fifteen million Chinese soldiers and civilians in the decade before Pearl Harbor.


Americans were horrified at the newsreels but because they were in the middle of the great depression, thought nothing could be done.

Shanghai Orphan, 1937

Shanghai Train Station bombed by Japanese

Still frame from a newsreel shown in American theaters, 1937

Senior Naval officers realized we might have to fight Japan.  When reports of atrocities suggested that the Japanese army was using germ warfare, spreading typhoid fever and the bubonic plague as it advanced through China, our military began to prepare for the worst.

Pearl Harbor, a Civilian casualty

A civilian car in Hawaii strafed by Japanese fighter

Returning to his carrier, a Japanese pilot decided to create one more American widow.  This searing photo made it clear that either Japan or America - would eventually lie in ruins.


Lambert and the Naval pilots he trained would help decide the outcome.

Dec. 7, 1941    Without warning, the Japanese struck Pearl Harbor.

Like Admiral Yamamoto feared, it created a terrible resolve within America.

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