I just completed reading Flyboys by James Bradley. ISBN 0-316-10584-8
Honest, hard hitting investigative account of Army Air Corp and Navy flight crews during the Pacific conflict in World War II. Detailed account of the actual events of several of the unknown air battles late in the war with Japan. Fairly graphic, but not to the point of repugnancy; this book, with some toning, could make a very good textbook.