August 9 1945, Mindanao, Philippines. Japanese P.O.W. 2nd Lt. Minoru Wada watches B-25 Mitchell bombers drop bombs at the Japanese 100th Infantry Division headquarters he served at and led the bombers to.
Despite being born in the United States, he did not know English as he lived in Japan most of his life. Minoru Wada was captured by men from the U.S.Marine Corps while stationed at Mindanao. After giving his captors information for the bombers and he wanted to help end the conflict in the Pacific so he volunteered to personally lead the bombers to the base. Wada was horrified about helping bomb his comrades but realized it would actually save more lives. The attack ended very successfully and helped significantly end the combat at Mindanao. He was given a new identity and no one knows where he is today.
Photograph by Lt. David D. Duncan of the U.S.M.C.