Critically Acclaimed World War II Memoir Debuts on Amazon

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Author William E. “Bill” Davis pens World War II Classic. Sinking The Rising Sun is “an outstanding tour de force” says Pacific Flyer.

This is one of those books that will preoccupy your spare time,” said Pacific Flyer, “one which you’ll promise yourself, ‘just one more chapter,’ and soon find out it’s 2 a.m.

In 1941, William E. “Bill” Davis had it all. He was months away from a hard-earned degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pa., and he had an offer from RCA that would land him in the magical world of a new technology called television. He had friends, a girl, and a future, but then came Pearl Harbor and the game changed. Far from the world he thought he’d be in, by December 1945 Bill Davis was a battle-hardened naval fighter pilot with seven enemy kills and already the recipient of the Navy Cross for a daring aerial attack against a Japanese aircraft carrier. Davis in fact graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, but he never set foot inside RCA; instead, he became an ace, and a legend. Sinking The Rising Sun is his remarkable story.

Now available on and at bookstores everywhere, Davis takes us back to a time when one seldom thought about glory, when doing the right thing for your squadron mates and your country was second nature. His was of an age of innocence that was shattered by war but out of which emerged unassuming heroes. On October 25, 1944, Davis pushed over the nose of his F6F fighter aircraft and swooped down 15,000 feet towards the deck of the Japanese aircraft carrier Zuikaku, the last Japanese ship afloat that participated in the attack on Pearl Harbor. In just seconds he would be in the fight of his life, a story he tells in gripping detail as almost everything goes out of control. Except for the bomb he drops. For his incredible bravery, and for the extraordinary flying skills he displayed that day, Bill Davis would be awarded the Navy’s highest honor, The Navy Cross.

Sinking The Rising Sun is a surprisingly human story of a young man coming of age set against the backdrop of the violence of the war in the Pacific. Davis is forced to push aside his emotions as his friends are blown out of the sky; instead, he methodically sends streams of bullets into Japanese fighter planes until seven are down. He fights from one end of the Pacific to the other yet all the while he remains a young man eager to return to the life he knew back home. “This is one of those books that will preoccupy your spare time,” said Pacific Flyer, “one which you’ll promise yourself, ‘just one more chapter,’ and soon find out it’s 2 a.m.”

Davis writes in a style that is “engaging and delightfully absent of ego,” says the Naval Institute Proceedings, “Every sentence, paragraph and page is a joy to read,” said Pacific Flyer, a sentiment we’re sure you’ll echo, too.

A memoir that is sure to join the classics of World War II narrative histories, Sinking The Rising Sun is now available on and other fine booksellers.

About The Author

William E. Davis, III received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his Masters in Aeronautical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. Bill began to write during his successful thirty-year career in business. His first work was optioned by 20th Century Fox.


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