By Robin L. Rielly

Drawing on U.S. govt stories, interrogation stories of eastern officials, send motion reviews and secondary resources, this publication info greater than four hundred kamikaze assaults via eastern airplane, manned torpedoes, suicide boats and suicide swimmers opposed to U.S. ships in the course of global conflict II. half One specializes in the traditions, improvement and background of the kamikazes, together with the origins of the samurai category and its ethos, the improvement of kamikaze plane and watercraft, and the indoctrination of youngsters within the jap tuition process. half information the kamikaze assaults on ships within the waters round the Philippines, Iwo Jima, Taiwan, Okinawa and Japan. Appendices record the entire U.S. ships pain kamikaze assaults in addition to casualty figures, outlines and silhouettes of varied U.S. ships all for kamikaze assaults, and silhouettes of jap kamikaze airplane

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W. H. , from VF-30 shot down three of the Bettys and Ens. J. V. , got two Bettys and two Zekes. Squadron mates Lt. (jg) H. W. Sturdevant and Ens. J. G. Miller each shot down four fighters. Lt. (jg) Murray Winfield of VF-17 was credited with four and one-half Bettys. Pilots from VF-86 reported shooting down eight Bettys and several Zekes. ” The raid had come no closer than thirty miles from the ships. The next attempted use of the Oka came during the battle for Okinawa. On 1 April 1945, six Bettys with Okas departed from Kanoya Airfield.

In addition to flying antiquated aircraft, the kamikaze pilots also had to fly through large numbers of American fighters just to reach their targets. The intense anti-aircraft fire from the ships made it nearly impossible to crash into one. He was willing to go but not optimistic about his chances for a successful mission. ”26 Others openly resented the decision to use the Special Attack Corps as a weapon. Flying Officer Fujisaki, prior to flying his Sonia from Chiran at the end of April 1945, wrote his last letter home.

Yukio Seki, a graduate of the Naval Academy, was selected as their leader. 46 Part One — The Genesis of the Kamikazes, Their Organization, and Disposition What took place at Mabalacat was a new strategy, one that would plan, organize and coordinate this attack method. A new strategy was timely after the loss of 1,500 Japanese airmen in the Marianas. With so many capable pilots gone, it would not be possible to replace them in a short space of time. The First Shimpu Special Attack Corps, having been formed at Mabalacat, soon went into action.

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