“We were convinced that the Japanese army with its great success was god’s army with a special divine favor,” he said. I need it for an assignment and I can’t find it anywhere. CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa — Paul Saneaki Nakamura prepared three times to carry out a suicide attack for Japan during World War II. He was discharged from the imperial army, but there was no way to return to Okinawa. Before the formation of kamikaze units, pilots had made deliberate crashes as a last resort when their planes had suffered severe damage and they did not want to risk being captured, or wanted to do as much damage to the enemy as possible, since they were crashing anyway. There is no other way. Pilots usually dropped their landing gear after takeoff so that it could be used by other planes. TYLER S. GIGUERE/U.S. Seafires were heavily involved in countering the kamikaze attacks during the Iwo Jima landings and beyond. Determined to make his suicide squads a reality, Onishi personally made the very first announcement requesting volunteers for the “special attack force” at Mabalacat Air Base. Pilots did not have to be highly trained to undertake suicide missions. This resulted in sending out relatively inexperienced pilots in outdated aircraft. The Kamikaze pilots were trained in wooden crates as there were not enough planes to train them in. “Then he told me to become a priest to help Japan to restore life, like Jesus restored Lazarus to life four days after his death,” he said. Kamikaze pilots weren’t afraid for their lives and were always ready to sacrifice their lives to defend their nation. Axell and Kase see these suicides as "individual, impromptu decisions by men who were mentally prepared to die". Though the idea of sending pilots on one-way suicide missions is largely attributed to one, Capt. This was necessary as there was no way for the person inside to get out of the torpedo once sealed in. So what tactics were specifically used to convince the volunteers? No, Kamikaze pilots were not trained fighter pilots. Motoharu Okamura who is largely believed to have been the first high-ranking Japanese officer to propose the idea as a preplanned tactic. However, it was Capt. When I reflect on the hopes you had for my future … I feel so sad that I am going to die without doing anything to bring you joy.”. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. … all those men lied that all men volunteered for kamikaze units. He was supposed to use this technique if he was trapped in a cave or in a trench surrounded by the enemy. A kamikaze pilot was a Japanese pilot specially trained during World War II to fly an airplane full of explosives and crash it into enemy territories, knowing very well that he will be killed. Hunger tortured him, but finding a job was not easy when the entire country was devastated. A final element included intensive fighter sweeps over Japanese airfields, and bombing of Japanese runways, using delayed-action bombs to make repairs more difficult. Famously stating: In our present situation I firmly believe that the only way to swing the war in our favor is to resort to crash-dive attacks with our planes. “I dug many holes and waited for my turn to come,” he said. © 2020 Stars and Stripes. The Allied troops were afraid of these kamikaze attacks because they could not defend themselves against them. The current thinking is skewed. The questionnaire comprised of a single multi-choice question that asked: “Do you desire earnestly/wish/do not wish to be involved in kamikaze attacks?”  All the men had to do was circle the statement they most agreed with. He also began to go to church, where the warm, friendly people made him feel at home. I must plunge into an enemy vessel. Also, the Kamikaze's only needed to be in the air long enough to find a target. In 18th Century warfare, the first set of troops to storm the castle walls was designated “The Forlorn Hope.” Those troops that did survive intact enough to fight some more were often promoted on the battlefield. The 87-year-old retired Anglican bishop grew up on Okinawa as militarism swept across Japan. All Rights Reserved. Lv 7. Why Imperial Japan's Kamikaze Attacks Were Deadlier Than Any Missile . I cannot predict the outcome of the air battles, but you will be making a mistake if you should regard Special Attack operations as normal methods. If you’re wondering what happened to the few men that said no, according to Emiko. They kept these manuals in their cockpit, which contained … As Ichizo Hayashi stated in a letter he wrote in April of 1945, a few days before his death, “I am pleased to have the honour of having been chosen as a member of a Special Attack Force that is on its way into battle, but I cannot help crying when I think of you, Mum. The Seafires' best day was 15 August 1945, shooting down eight attacking aircraft for a single loss. So, in that sense, plane for plane, it was tragically successful considering the Americans had radar, superior numbers and planes, and the kamikaze pilots were often woefully inexperienced. This is not the case when they sting many other animals.). Pilots did not have to be highly trained to undertake suicide missions. War propaganda flooded the news with the imperial army’s victories, especially in China, he said. Kamikaze training was much mental training, as the government needed soldiers who were mentally prepared to die. However, it is decided for me that I die for the emperor. Adequately training new pilots fast enough simply wasn’t feasible. Wings of Defeat is a feature-length documentary exploring the human experience of surviving kamikaze pilots. Anger and shock ran through him because no one seemed to be aware that Okinawa had been severed from the rest of Japan after WWII. He was sent to join a squadron of pilots in Kyushu, Japan’s southernmost main island, in April 1945, when the kamikaze were at their most active. As a Marine who has served in Afghanistan, he found Nakamura’s experience very inspiring. For instance, Irokawa Daikichi stated he was “struck on the face so hard and frequently that [his] face was no longer recognizable… I was hit so hard that I could no longer see and fell on the floor. Bob B. Lv 7. If a soldier had managed to be courageous enough not to volunteer, he would have been consigned to a living hell. Further, many of the “boy-soldiers” who ended up becoming kamikaze pilots were brutally treated during their training, to the point that, based on firsthand accounts from the trainees, many lost any sense of patriotism. “I must admit that I really longed for my previous life when I was in the imperial army,” where there was no freedom, but he had food, warm clothes and a place to sleep. For someone who had a good life, it is very difficult to part with it. The minute I got up, I was hit again by a club…”  Officially, the purpose for this extremely brutal “training” was to instill in the soldiers a “fighting spirit”. But he was only 10 to 12 years old and didn’t understand, he said. In March 1944, 17-year-old Nakamura volunteered to be a kamikaze pilot and left Okinawa for the mainland for training. 4 0. This all might leave you wondering how effective the kamikaze program was for the Japanese. The first official kamikazeplane had hit its target on Oct. 25, 1944, in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, but the idea had been building in Japan for even longer. Roughly 4,000 kamikaze pilots died and 34 U.S. ships were sunk in the last few months of the war, according to the filmmakers. An airplane shortage hampered preparations, he said. According to the aforementioned Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney, in Kamikaze Diaries, other methods of encouraging men to volunteer included putting them in a room filled with their peers. The military also presented them with a manual that instructed how they must think, prepare, … All 23 pilots asked to join ultimately volunteered. Not as such. Do not waste your life lightly.”. Further, death before defeat was firmly ingrained in the Japanese military culture at the time. Kamikaze pilots were trained to take off, but not to land. There were some instances of hiropon being tried out on night fighter pilots to enhance their alertness and vision—which makes a lot more sense than using it on suicide pilots—but it was soon discontinued due to concerns over the side effects. After the creation of the kamikaze unit, Admiral Matome Ugaki was put in … One kamikaz. So the training focused solely on austere self-discipline, not on practical technique. It is easy to talk about death in the abstract, as the ancient philosophers discussed. The desperate operations killed thousands of young men — the kamikaze pilots and the sailors aboard the vessels. 3 years ago. So much for purposeful, heroic war deaths by *any* military force, (including the Praise Allah guys.) Even more importantly Kamikaze attacks were much more accurate than bombing runs allowi… Motoharu Okamura, reports of Japanese pilots intentionally crashing their planes into the enemy, often when damaged too much to return to base, weren’t unheard of prior to the start of the suicide pilot initiative in 1944. Kamikaze pilots were expected to die in their attacks. If one kamikaze pilot could blow up a vessel carrying hundreds of sailors, he would be a hero, and more importantly, Japan could win the war, he said. Kamikaze attacks were more accurate than conventional attacks, and often caused more damage. Kuroda Kenjirō decided not to volunteer, only to be taken by surprise when he found his name on the list of volunteers for the Mitate Navy tokkōtai corps; his superior had reported proudly that all the members of his corps had volunteered. Training involved rigorous discipline and frequent beatings in order to craft a “fighting spirit” (攻撃精神, kōgekiseishin) within the soldier. For starters, the Japanese military brass were desperate. The Kamikaze pilots, on the other hand, were usually much younger, since older men were needed to train the new recruits. Nakamura is a retired Anglican Church bishop and a prior service World War II veteran with Special Missions Unit, Japanese Imperial Navy Air Corps, Imperial Japan. By the time he was attacked, the Japanese had been using kamikazestrategies for a little more than a month. This article is from the May 2009 issue of WWII History Magazine. Onishi reportedly approached his superiors to ask to create a suicide squad and was granted permission on one condition, he was only allowed to recruit volunteers. Any soldier who refused would become persona non grata or be sent to the southern battlefield, where death was guaranteed. In a sense, there had even been a kamikaze attack in Japan's very first battle against American troops. Marines take a group photo with Paul Saneaki Nakamura, from Naha, Okinawa, Dec. 9 at Camp Hansen, Okinawa. These kaitens were just modified torpedoes that allowed the person inside to control them. While there certainly were those who were willing to volunteer to die for emperor and country, and many more willing to die in this way simply because they felt, somewhat correctly, that they were the last line of defense to protect their families and friends at home, in truth many seem to have simply been pressured into it. In fact, most of those flying suicide missions were under the age of 24 and, on average, received only 40 to 50 hours of training. By April 1945, though, it was apparent that many kamikaze pilots, perhaps because of fuel shortages that limited their training, possessed meager flying skills and could be easily shot down. “I could not stay in the classroom,” he said. “Also it is amazing for his big change in life from an attacker to now a bishop.”. Many who volunteered to the Kamikaze corp saw it as an honour to die for their country. He was 19. 3 years ago. "We were trained to suppress our emotions. The term “kamikaze” roughly translates to “divine wind”, which was previously a name given to a legendary typhoon that helped stop a Mongol invasion during the 13th century. In March 1944, 17-year-old Nakamura volunteered to be a kamikaze pilot and left Okinawa for the mainland for training. After becoming a priest, he went on a missionary trip throughout Japan, urging people to come back to life through Jesus Christ. The first such attack was carried out in October 1944 over the Philippines’ Leyte Gulf. Young Kamikaze Pilots Only Had 40 Hours Of Training. This emboldened Japanese leadership to create the second type of kamikaze pilot - and the vast majority of those who flew from the Home Islands against the Allied fleets around Okinawa in 1945 - barely capable volunteer pilots. The rest were expected to offer their lives to the emperor. Has Anyone Ever Actually Created a Suitcase Nuke? So many students are gone. Imperial Japanese Navy Gekitsui-O (flying ace), Saburo Sakai, who had at least 28 victories ranking him fourth for the war for Japan, including shooting down or severely damaging over 60 Allied planes, stated in an interview, “Even now, many faces of my students come up when I close my eyes. Fahey thought he was the first person to see a kamikaze attack in action — but he wasn't. He worshipped the emperor as god; offering his life to the emperor was the ultimate virtue. Provide me with 300 planes and I will turn the tide of war. “What was provided us was a glider,” with trainees forced to use their imagination for the instruments on a plane, he said. The Kamikaze pilots of the tokko tai received just 40 to 50 hours of flight training. "We didn't think too much [about dying]," Hisao Horiyama, one of the last two surviving kamikaze pilots told The Guardian in 2015 at age 92. Otherwise, you cannot expect to improve air power. It was written there, lol. This was a last-ditch effort by Japan to protect its homeland during its rapidly declining industrial capacity and the advances of U.S. forces toward the Japanese home islands. Instead, they provided food, supplies and medical care to his people. Sonderkommando (Special Command) Elbe was a special unit of volunteers that deliberately collided into American bombers. Then he discovered that American occupation forces were not “demons,” as war propaganda had taughter him. As Captain Motoharu Okamura stated, “There were so many volunteers for suicide missions that he referred to them as a swarm of bees… Bees die after they have stung.” (In truth, bees do not usually die after they sting things. His only hope was to reunite with his parents, who were safe in Taiwan. Survivor’s guilt bitterly tormented him. Also, why exactly did the Japanese military resort to such a tactic in the first place? “Tokubetsu Kōgekitai”. Some soldiers actually managed to say no, but their refusal was disregarded. “I have always thought that my experience might be well compared to the historical Exodus,” he said, referring to the biblical story of the Jews who left Egypt, led by Moses to the Promised Land. Many pilots were trained to become kamikaze. Yukio Seki was born in a small village, Iyo Saijo, in Shikoku. By CHIYOMI SUMIDA | STARS AND STRIPES Published: January 25, 2015. Even for a short life, there are many memories. When he finally returned to Okinawa, he found that all of the eldest sons who had stayed there were killed in the Battle of Okinawa. Until that moment, he never had doubted his identity as a full-fledged Japanese. But other opportunities loomed. Nakamura is a retired Anglican Church bishop and a prior service World War II veteran with Special Missions Unit, Japanese Imperial Navy Air Corps, Imperial Japan. By the end of the war over 2500 Japanese pilots had sacrificed their lives. Inflation quickly set in, and his money became almost useless. Kamikaze attacks had distinct advantages: There was a critical shortage of pilots in Japan - and in a sense that's how the Kakikaze strategy ironically got started ie. This plan also called for around-the-clock fighter patrols over Allied fleets, though the U.S. Navy had cut back training of fighter pilots so there were not enough Navy pilots available to counter the kamikaze threat. During Pearl Harbor, a pilot named Lt. Fusata Iida had deliberately crash… Like many others, he became an ultra-nationalist who firmly believed in selfless devotion to his country. All pilots took a five point oath: a soldier must make loyalty his obligation, a soldier must make … A plane should be utilized over and over again. Why did headquarters continue such silly attacks for ten months! The Marines are with various units assigned to III Marine Expeditionary Force. About 3,800 kamikaze pilots sacrificed their lives for the war, and over 7,000 naval personnel were killed as a result of the attacks. When he looked back, he sees God’s hand in his life, he said. For this reason, the training to become a Kamikaze pilot, despite its brevity, was very hard and included getting into the aircraft, take-off, formation flying and the actual attack. Your email address will not be published. The enemy had them outgunned, out-manned, and possessed certain critical technologies that Japan didn’t have. Nakamura was chosen for the latter. At the time, there were two categories of men in Japan, Nakamura said. Early models did include a mechanism to escape once the torpedo was aimed correctly, but not a single soldier. Your email address will not be published. But I reached a point of no return. Beyond suicide, what other choice was there? As Sasaki points out, the pressure on young men to do something for their country during that time was significant, and the threat of retaliation if you said no was very real, as was the fear that there would potentially be retaliation against not only the soldier, but his family back home. Beyond any loyalty to country and emperor, few would want to appear so cowardly, or endure the shame of not being willing to die when their fellow soldiers were giving their own lives to protect their homeland, both those present when volunteers were being asked for and ultimately those who’d already fulfilled their suicide missions. Such situations occurred in both the Axis and Allied air forces. Does anyone know what the official name fora kamikase corps was. However, the official story of droves of zealous volunteers clamoring to sign up has been questioned by many historians, particularly with firsthand accounts from actual pilots popping up since, painting a decidedly less patriotic or eager tone. Not all kamikaze pilots died though. This generally only happens when they sting humans, as their stingers get stuck in our fleshy skin. But what was it that made these men so willing to lay down their lives in such a way? Don’t be discouraged. "Publishers also played up the idea that the kamikaze were enshrined at Yasukuni and ran exaggerated stories of kamikaze bravery – there were even fairy tales for little children that promoted the kamikaze" (website #2) . Kamikaze Pilots Were Given A Manual. There was a reason the Battle of the Philippine Sea in June of 1944 became nicknamed “The Great Marianas Turkey Shoot” by the Allies. Before Nakamura’s turn for a final drink came, the imperial navy ran out of airplanes for the operation. He spent many nights on a railroad station bench. If he did not kill himself but tried to escape, he might be shot from behind, because his superiors and some comrades believed in the state dictum that one must never be captured by the enemy. “It is interesting to learn that kamikaze’s mission was solely to attack the United States,” said Cpl. Nakamura recently shared his experiences — which included training as a kamikaze pilot, human torpedo and suicide bomber — with about 300 Marines at Camp Hansen to help them see war from a different perspective. “I had the faith of a martyr.”. During WWII, thousands of Japanese pilots made the ultimate sacrifice for their country by becoming, essentially, flying suicide bombers. “We were taught that since we were such a small island nation and because we were one country fighting against many, great sacrifices were required,” he said. Soon afterward, Nakamura entered a theological school. “Possibly in some strange way that I could not understand, God had spared my life as He had a plan for my life.”. “I became a beggar on the street,” he said. Takijiro Onishi and Motoharu Okamura both ended up taking their own lives after the war ended. MARINE CORPS, Japan city seeks UN recognition for kamikaze pilot letters, Sailor witnessed kamikaze attacks during World War II, World War II veterans recall kamikaze attack on ship, Kamikaze attack survivors gather on USS Intrepid, Chance encounter changed WWII kamikaze’s life. Directed by Risa Morimoto. Allied pilots were experienced and better-trained, and flew superior aircraft, making the poorly trained kamikaze pilots easy targets. These were sentiments echoed by Lieutenant Yukio Seki, who commanded the first squadron of 23: “Japan’s future is bleak if it is forced to kill one of its best pilots… I am not going on this mission for the Emperor or for the Empire… I am going because I was ordered to.”. Gabriel Estrada, 20, of Los Angeles. Even if we were to die, we knew it … Were they really bright eyed volunteers eager to sacrifice themselves for the greater good, as the war time propaganda stated, or were they forced into it? Yukio Seki. The training of this latter class of pilots says a lot: minimal flight training combined with intensive “spiritual” training featuring rigorous physical exercise, corporal punishment, and psychological conditioning. An airplane shortage hampered preparations, he said… 1 1. Alan Wolthekker, 24, of Tampa, Fla., heard war stories from his grandfather, who fought in the Pacific theater as a merchant marine. Kamikaze Facts - 19: Kamikaze pilots were given special training for about one week. “My earlier desire of wanting to return to the kamikaze and the imperial army was no longer with me,” he said. Kamikaze pilots were not expected to return from what was a suicidal attack on the enemy.Most Kamikaze pilots had little training, nor flew decent aeroplanes. On top of this, many of the men already flying by the time war broke out were older and more experienced, with many years in the air already behind them. In the final stages of the war, however, it was clear that Japan was fighting a losing battle, so special suicide corps were organized. Kamikaze pilots were taught to divert and try to return to the base if there was engine failure or any other sort of mechanical issue. Tears welled up and he found himself running toward his church. They also featured a self destruct mechanism if the person failed in their mission. “Let me say that this was of no consequence because it was a way that I could serve,” he said. That’s the way to fight a war. With Eugene Brick, Henry Christensen, John Dower, Takehiko Ena. By the end of the war, as many as 3,800 kamikaze pilots died. The Japanese built cheap planes with older engines for these missions. The right way is to attack the enemy with skill and return to the base with good results. But it is real death I fear, and I don’t know if I can overcome the fear. This latter point was frequently written about in the letters and journals from many of the volunteers as to why they ultimately chose to do so. Nakamura and his fellow trainees drank water together with him from a sake cup, a Japanese ritual to see someone off for his final parting. Eldest sons were allowed to live to continue their family lines. At the outset of the Second World War, Japanese pilots could often receive up to 500 hours of training. To be honest, I cannot say that the wish to die for the emperor is genuine, coming from my heart. How Were Soldiers Trained to Be Kamikaze? Kamikaze pilots sank or damaged hundreds of ships during the latter part of the war. It was strictly a one-way trip; no fuel was loaded for a return flight. “Now his story made me feel more close to what he has accomplished.”, Paul Saneaki Nakamura tells a group of U.S. service members about his life expierences Dec. 9 at Camp Hansen, Okinawa. Perhaps considerable. Later in the war, Japan started suffering fuel shortages, and didn’t have the fuel to train pilots as well. 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There will be more than enough volunteers for this chance to save our country, and I would like to command such an operation. I would have been one of those but I certainly would have jumped off the landing craft with my weapon locked and loaded and with a faint hope that I might actually survive. From here, reports of the day are that many more pilots than there were planes eagerly signed up (supposedly so many that they outnumbered the available planes 3 to 1). Nakamura spoke about his life expierences as a World War II veteran and Anglican Church bishop. In fact, suicide pilots usually received only the minimum of flight training. The special suicide corps also consisted of suicide motorboats and human torpedos. In fact, the manual given to kamikaze pilots stated: “In the event of poor weather conditions when you cannot locate the target, or under other adverse circumstances, you may decide to return to base. 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If you liked this article, you might also enjoy our new popular podcast, The BrainFood Show (iTunes, Spotify, Google Play Music, Feed), as well as: According to human psychology, it totally understandable that some would be crazy enough to go but I can guarantee you that most thought like the survivor that said ““Oh, I’m screwed”. When he was in middle school, World War II had spread to the Pacific theater following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Many of the Kamikaze pilots were 17 and 18 year olds with bare bones training of flying an airplane. If they were not ready to die, they would be ineffective. “At that time of my life, in despair and loneliness, I lost my dignity as a human being.”. There is no way of knowing the *actual* percentage of allied forces who on D-Day said or thought, “Oh, I’m screwed.” However, I do not doubt for a minute that there was a percentage. While hearing about war experiences might not be rare for the Marines who hear Nakamura speak, listening to an account from the other side of the war was stirring for some. The one-man submarine had no escape hatch: Once you went in, there was no way to get out, he said. In the first few days the pilots learned to take off. As a second son, Nakamura was in the latter category. During a class discussion one day, other students argued that the emperor system allowed Japan to remain as a unified nation after the war, unlike Germany, Korea or Vietnam. These Nazi Pilots Were Germany's Version of Kamikaze Pilots. Pilots would attempt to crash their aircraft into enemy ships in what was called a “body attack” (tai-atari) in planes loaded with bombs, torpedoes or other explosives. They then learned to fly in formation and the last days were focused in the study and practice of how to attack a target. Some dive-bombed enemy ships. Pat A. asks: Were Kamikaze pilots all just volunteers or how exactly did they get selected? All that said, in an interview with an ex-kamikaze pilot named Tadamasa Itatsu, he notes that some young men were willing to lay down their lives simply because they genuinely “believed their actions could save their country from disaster“. To please them, he decided to go to college at night and pay for tuition with a day job. He was sent to Sasebo, where he was taught to dig a hole, hide with a bomb strapped around his body and wait for an enemy tank to come. “It was this conviction that many young men were willing and desiring to serve their country,” he said. Skim the ground, zoom climb to 10,000 feet; sight the target, dive, clod-hop again at a height of 650 to 750 feet. Students were taught how to use a rifle, targeting a straw figure of an American, he said. No, they were not terrorists,they were japanese airmen. 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