The fate of four fighter pilots, each from a different country during World War II… This is the basis of the legendary comic book, which was republished last year and should not be missed.
In 1945, as the Land of the Rising Sun was faltering under American air and sea attacks, Teruo, a Japanese pilot, was assigned to fly a kamikaze mission targeting a US Navy aircraft carrier. In accordance with tradition, he wrote a final letter to his father… As for the American, Tom, he was halfway across the world in June 1944, when he was tasked with accomplishing a very dangerous mission: attacking a German supply train intended to assist the Wehrmacht after the Normandy landings.
In March of that same year, Günther, a flying ace in the Luftwaffe, had the mission of attacking a convoy of American bombers, at the controls of a single-seater Messerschmitt BF 109. Finally, in November 1943, as the Germans were retreating on the Eastern Front before Stalin’s troops, Alain, a French pilot in the Soviet Air Force assigned to the Normandie-Niemen fighter regiment, had the mission of escorting a cargo plane… and his Russian girlfriend happened to be on board.
Released in 2005, the comic book, “The Last Flight”, by Régis Hautière and Romain Hugault, was fully deserving of republication on its 15th anniversary! Why? Quite simply because it fully captures the tragedy of war, the heroism of youth, and the noble values that aviation holds so dear. A must-read!
Comic Book. “Le Dernier Envol – 15 ans” Authors: Romain Hugault (artwork), Régis Hautière (script). Editions Paquet (Cockpit collection). ISBN: 9782889321438