Thunder Gods: The Kamikaze Pilots Tell Their Story (English and Japanese Edition)

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Interviews with surviving kamikaze pilots outline the mindset of these volunteers and the details of the program, covering the construction of the planes, the particulars of the strategy, and the role of the emperor

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The Thunder Gods were a Japanese naval-aviation unit trained for one-way missions in flying bombs called the Okha , which were launched from a mother-plane. Employed mostly in the 1945 Okinawa campaign, they sank one U.S. destroyer at a cost of 438 pilots and crew members. The author, who took part in the wind-tunnel testing of the Okha , describes the flying bomb's conception, development and the training of the pilots. Volunteers were categorized as Compliant, Eager, Very Eager and--if they signed their application in blood--Earnest. Missions are described from the mother-plane crew's point of view or by Okha pilots who were not launched at the target for one reason or another. More fully than in other recent books on kamikazes , Naito explains the spiritual dimension of the kamikaze phenomenon and its complicated effect on individual pilots. Photos. BOMC selection; paperback rights to Dell.
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