In "Never Call Me a Hero," US Navy dive-bomber pilot "Dusty" Kleiss recounts his pivotal role in the Battle of Midway, timed for its 75th anniversary. Kleiss, credited with sinking three Japanese warships, including two carriers, offers a unique perspective as the sole pilot to hit three different enemy ships during the battle. His memoir not only details personal experiences but also serves as a historical account of the Battle of Midway's significance. Kleiss's actions, as part of a group of 48 American dive-bomber pilots, played a crucial role in turning the tide of World War II, making this narrative both an individual story of humility and duty and a broader exploration of historical impact.
Written by N. Jack "Dusty" Kleiss with Timothy and Laura ORR. Published by Harper, 2017. Softcover, 312 pages.