Edward Young developed an interest in the Meiktila campaign whilst writing his book Air Commando Fighters of World War II. He has since spent more than two years studying the campaign in detail and has visited Burma to 'walk' the battlefields. He has previously written "Aerial Nationalism: A History of Aviation in Thailand" (Smithsonian Institution, 1995) and co-authored "Curtiss-Wright: Greatness and Decline" (Twyvane Publishers, 1998). He has also contributed to numerous British and American aviation magazines. The author lives in Seattle, Washington.