USS De Haven (DD-469) sunk after being bombed by Japanese aircraft off Savo, Solomon Islands, 1 February 1943. YP-331 foundered in heavy weather, 23 March 1944. USS LST-577 sunk by Japanese submarine RO-50 east of Mindanao, Philippine Islands, 11 February 1945. USS Eversole (DE-404) sunk after being torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-45 east of Leyte, Philippine Islands, 28 October 1944. PT-346 destroyed by U.S. Navy aircraft, mistaken identification, near Cape Pomas, New Britain Island, 29 April 1944. USS Shubrick (DD-639) seriously damaged by one Kamikaze aircraft, 29 May 1945, off Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, and not repaired after the end of the war. By 1945, however, the U.S. Navy was large enough that damaged ships could be detached back home for repair without significantly hampering the fleet's operational capability. YP-97 lost due to Japanese occupation of the Philippine Islands and stricken from the Navy List, 24 July 1942. USS Preston (DD-379) sunk by Japanese cruiser Nagara off Savo, Solomon Islands, USS Leutze (DD-481) seriously damaged by one Kamikaze aircraft, 6 April 1945, off Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, and not repaired after the end of the war. [52][50], The manual was very detailed in how a pilot should attack. PT-41 destroyed to prevent capture on road to Lake Lanao, Mindanao, Philippine Islands, 15 April 1942. LCT(5)-311 sunk off Bizerte, Tunisia, 9 August 1943. PT-44 destroyed by Japanese warships off Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, 12 December 1942. Two 100 kg (220 lb) bombs were attached to two fighters, and the pilots took off before dawn, planning to crash into carriers. PT-121 destroyed by Australian aircraft, mistaken identification, Bangula Bay, New Britain, 27 March 1944. USS LCI(L)-92 sunk off northern France, 6 June 1944. According to a U.S. Air Force source, the kamikaze attackers sunk 34 Navy ships, damaged 368 others, killed 4,900 sailors, and wounded over 4,800. PT-35 destroyed to prevent capture, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippine Islands, 12 April 1942. USS Porter (DD-356) sunk after being torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-21 near Santa Cruz Island, east of the Solomon Islands, 26 October 1942. 13 September 1944. What is the literal translation of the word 'kamikaze'? USS LST-353 sunk by internal explosion at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 21 May 1944. USS Wasp (CV-7) sunk after being torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-19 south of Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, 15 September 1942. YP-346 sunk by surface ships in the South Pacific, 9 September 1942. USS LST-460 sunk by Kamikaze attack off Mindoro, Philippine Islands, 21 December 1944. That it is LCT(5)-200 sunk off northern France, June 1944. One, under heavy fire and trailing smoke, aborted the attempt on White Plains and instead banked toward USS St. 23 February 1944. 17 September 1945.. USS SC-709 grounded off Cape Breton, France, 21 January 1943. The escort carrier USS Gambier Bay was sunk, becoming the only U.S. aircraft carrier of the war to be lost to naval gunfire, and the escort carrier USS St. Search This wiki This wiki All wikis | Sign In Don't have an account? 28 December 1944. They were sheep at a slaughterhouse. USS Trout (SS-202) sunk by Japanese destroyer Asahimo southeast of Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 29 February 1944. USS Cythera (PY-26) sunk after being torpedoed by German submarine off North Carolina, 2 May 1942. In total, seven carriers were hit, as well as 40 other ships (five sunk, 23 heavily damaged and 12 moderately damaged). Converted Patrol Vessels YP-279 foundered in heavy weather off Townsville, Australia, 5 September 1943. The Japanese word kamikaze is usually translated as "divine wind" (kami is the word for "god", "spirit", or "divinity", and kaze for "wind"). USS Pope (DD-225) sunk by Japanese aircraft in the Java Sea, Netherlands East Indies, 1 March 1942. [2] Kamikaze attacks were more accurate than conventional attacks, and often caused more damage. USS Bismarck Sea (CVE-95) sunk by Kamikaze aircraft off Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 21 February 1945. LCT(5)-36 sunk off Naples, Italy, 26 February 1944. Five A6M Zeros, led by Seki, were escorted to the target by leading Japanese ace Hiroyoshi Nishizawa, and attacked several escort carriers. USS Astoria (CA-34) sunk by gunfire of Japanese warships off Savo, Solomon Islands, 9 August 1942. LCT(5)-215 sunk off Salerno, Italy, 1943. Lo (CVE-63) sunk by Japanese aircraft during the Battle of Leyte Gulf off Samar, Philippine Islands, 25 October 1944. USS LST-493 destroyed after grounding while attempting to enter Plymouth Harbor, England, 12 April 1945. LCT(6)-703 sunk off northern France, 6 June 1944. They said that the commander of a kamikaze attack should engage in the task first. USS LCI(L)-1 sunk off Bizerte, Tunisia, 17 August 1943. [18], In August 1944, it was announced by the Domei news agency that a flight instructor named Takeo Tagata was training pilots in Taiwan for suicide missions. YP-422 destroyed by grounding off New Caledonia. USS Leopold (DE-319) sunk after being torpedoed by German submarine U-255 south of Iceland, 10 March 1944. LCT(6)-597 sunk off northern France, 6 June 1944. PT-166 destroyed in error by US Army Air Force B-25 bombers, mistaken identification, off New Georgia, 20 July 1943. USS Rich (DE-695) sunk by a mine off Normandy, France, 8 June 1944. USS Corry (DD-463) sunk by a mine off Utah Beach, Normandy, France, 6 June 1944. YP-336 destroyed by grounding in the Delaware River, 23 February 1943. LCT(6)-823 sunk off Palau, Caroline Islands, 27 September 1944. To the Japanese this salvation was kamikaze, “divine wind.”. USS LSM-149 grounded off the Philippine Islands, 5 December 1944. [28] The attack killed 30 personnel, including the cruiser's captain, Emile Dechaineux, and wounded 64, including the Australian force commander, Commodore John Collins. Axell and Kase see these suicides as "individual, impromptu decisions by men who were mentally prepared to die". This is usually abbreviated to tokkōtai (特攻隊). In the immediate aftermath of kamikaze strikes, British carriers with their armoured flight decks recovered more quickly compared to their US counterparts. USS Buck (DD-420) sunk after being torpedoed by the German submarine U-616 off Salerno, Italy, 9 October 1943. PT-493 destroyed by Japanese warships, Surigao Strait, Philippine Islands, 25 October 1944. Bill Gordon, an American Japanologist who specialises in kamikazes, lists in a 2007 article 47 ships known to have been sunk by kamikaze aircraft. USS Ommaney Bay (CVE-79) sunk by Kamikaze attack south of Mindoro, Philippine Islands, 4 January 1945. [30], In early 1945, U.S. Navy aviator Commander John Thach, already famous for developing effective aerial tactics against the Japanese such as the Thach Weave, developed a defensive strategy against kamikazes called the "big blue blanket" to establish Allied air supremacy well away from the carrier force. Ceremonies were carried out before kamikaze pilots departed on their final mission. USS Golet (SS-361) sunk by Japanese warships off north Honshu, Japan, 14 June 1944. USS Miantonomah (CM-10) sunk by a mine off Le Havre, France, 25 September 1944. The task facing the Japanese air forces seemed impossible. USS Meredith (DD-434) sunk by Japanese aircraft near San Cristobal, Solomon Islands, 15 October 1942. YP-438 destroyed by grounding at Port Everglades, Florida, 20 March 1943. 25 October 1944. [40] Although the kamikaze was hit by gunfire, it managed to drop a bomb that detonated on the flight deck, making a crater 3 m (9.8 ft) long, 0.6 m (2 ft) wide and 0.6 m (2 ft) deep. PT-118 grounded in enemy waters and destroyed to prevent capture, off Vella Lavella, Solomon Islands, 7 September 1943. [21], Rear Admiral Masafumi Arima, the commander of the 26th Air Flotilla (part of the 11th Air Fleet), is sometimes credited with inventing the kamikaze tactic. LCT(5)-197 sunk off northern France, 6 June 1944. We read and read, trying to understand why we had to die in our early twenties. Yes. PT-43 damaged by Japanese warships, beached, and destroyed to prevent capture on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, 11 January 1943. Shinpū is the on-reading (on'yomi or Chinese-derived pronunciation) of the same characters as the kun-reading (kun'yomi or Japanese pronunciation) kamikaze in Japanese. USS Spence (DD-512) capsized during a typhoon in the Philippine Sea, 18 December 1944. LCT(5)-241 sunk off Salerno, Italy, 15 September 1943. YP-426 destroyed by grounding, 16 December 1943. He was promoted posthumously to Vice Admiral and was given official credit for making the first kamikaze attack. On 11 March, the U.S. carrier USS Randolph was hit and moderately damaged at Ulithi Atoll, in the Caroline Islands, by a kamikaze that had flown almost 4,000 km (2,500 mi) from Japan, in a mission called Operation Tan No. Purpose-built kamikaze planes, as opposed to converted fighters and dive-bombers, were also being constructed. YP-453 destroyed by grounding in the Bahama Islands, 15 April 1943. USS Warrington (DD-383) foundered in a hurricane north of the Bahamas Islands,  [26], Several suicide attacks, carried out during the invasion of Leyte by Japanese pilots from units other than the Special Attack Force, have been described as the first kamikaze attacks. Maryann (converted yacht) destroyed to prevent capture at Corregidor, Luzon, Philippine Islands, 5 May 1942. USS Kete (SS-369) missing in the Central Pacific, 20 March 1945. USS LST-447 sunk by Kamikaze attack off Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 7 April 1945. 8 November 1944. LCT(5)-27 sunk off northern France, 6 June 1944. USS Bittern (AM-36) Sunk by aircraft bombs at Cavite, Luzon, Philippine Islands,  USS PGM-18 sunk by a mine off Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 7 April 1945. USS SC-636 sunk off Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 9 October 1945. PT-79 sunk in error by the USS Conyngham (DD-371) and USS Lough (DE-586) near Talin Point, Luzon, Philippine Islands, 1 February 1945. USS PC-584 sunk by typhoon at Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 9 October 1945. One Japanese plane made a steep dive from "a great height" at the carrier HMS Formidable and was engaged by anti-aircraft guns. USS Henley (DD-391) sunk after being torpedoed by the Japanese submarine RO-108 off Cape Cretin, New Guinea, 3 October 1943. The word 'kamikaze' means 'divine wind' or 'heavenly wind'. USS PC-460 sunk by collision with a submarine in the Gulf of Panama, 24 January 1942. USS Dorado (SS-248) probably sunk in error by US aircraft in the Caribbean Sea,  USS Monaghan (DD-354) foundered during a typhoon in the Philippine Sea, 18 December 1944. YP-95 destroyed by grounding at Adak, Aleutian Islands, 1 May 1944. Captain Motoharu Okamura, in charge of the Tateyama Base in Tokyo, as well as the 341st Air Group Home, was, according to some sources, the first officer to officially propose kamikaze attack tactics. USS LCI(L)-85 sunk off northern France, 6 June 1944. LCT(6)-1075 sunk off Leyte, Philippine Islands, 10 December 1944. ", Commander Asaichi Tamai asked a group of 23 talented student pilots, all of whom he had trained, to volunteer for the special attack force. USS YMS-133 foundered off Coos Bay, Oregon, 21 February 1943. For example, Mitsubishi Ki-67 Hiryū ("Peggy") medium bombers, based on Formosa, undertook kamikaze attacks on Allied forces off Okinawa, while a pair of Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu ("Nick") heavy fighters caused enough damage for USS Dickerson (DD-157) to be scuttled. LCT(5)-413 sunk off northern France, June 1944. The B-29 also had formidable defensive weaponry, so suicide attacks against the plane demanded considerable piloting skill to be successful, which worked against the very purpose of using expendable pilots. On 19 June 1944, planes from the carrier Chiyoda approached a US task group. LCT(6)-1090 sunk off Luzon, Philippine Islands, 26 March 1945. One Corsair and 10 Grumman Avengers were destroyed. [50], The tokkōtai pilot's manual told pilots to never close their eyes, as this would lower the chances of hitting their targets. USS Grampus (SS-207) probably sunk by Japanese destroyers Minegumo and Murasame off New Georgia, Solomon Islands, 5 March 1943. LCT(6)-572 sunk off northern France, June 1944. YP-16 lost due to Japanese occupation of the Philippine Islands and stricken from the Navy List, 24 July 1942. USS YMS-30 sunk by a mine off Anzio, Italy, 25 January 1944. Light rapid fire anti-aircraft weapons such as the 40 mm Bofors and 20 mm Oerlikon autocannons were highly effective,[32] but heavy anti-aircraft guns such as the 5"/38 caliber gun (127 mm) had the punch to blow kamikazes out of the air, which was preferable since even a heavily damaged kamikaze could complete its mission. That unit had only 41 aircraft: 34 Mitsubishi A6M Zero ("Zeke") carrier-based fighters, three Nakajima B6N Tenzan ("Jill") torpedo bombers, one Mitsubishi G4M ("Betty") and two Yokosuka P1Y Ginga ("Frances") land-based bombers, and one additional reconnaissance aircraft. The last two ran at USS White Plains. 10 December 1941, and destroyed to prevent capture, 25 December 1941. LCT(5)-175 sunk, 21 February 1945. [34] At Okinawa, kamikaze attacks focused at first on Allied destroyers on picket duty, and then on the carriers in the middle of the fleet. In 2006, Tsuneo Watanabe, editor-in-chief of the Yomiuri Shimbun, criticized Japanese nationalists' glorification of kamikaze attacks:[47][48][49]. USS LST-738 sunk by Kamikaze aircraft off Mindoro, Philippine Islands, 15 December 1944. There will be more than enough volunteers for this chance to save our country, and I would like to command such an operation. USS Reid (DD-369) sunk after being hit by two Kamikaze aircraft off Limasawa Island, Philippine Islands, 11 December 1944. USS England (DE-635) seriously damaged by one Kamikaze aircraft, 9 May 1945, off Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, and not repaired after the end of the war. USS Meredith (DD-726) sunk by German aircraft after being damaged by a mine in the Bay of the Seine, Normandy, France, 9 June 1944. LCT(6)-984 sunk, 15 May 1944, and stricken from the Navy List, 9 June 1944. USS LST-472 sunk by Kamikaze attack off Mindoro, Philippine Islands, 15 December 1944. PT-218 destroyed by enemy mine, off Point Aygulf, France, Mediterranean Sea, 16 August 1944. While many stories were falsified, some were true, such as that of Kiyu Ishikawa, who saved a Japanese ship when he crashed his plane into a torpedo that an American submarine had launched. USS Halligan (DD-584) sunk after striking a mine off Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 26 March 1945. Landing Craft, Infantry (Large) (LCI(L)) LCT(6)-988 sunk, 15 May 1944, ans stricken from the Navy List, 9 June 1944. PT-509 destroyed by ramming of a German minesweeper in the English Channel, 9 August 1944. Allied aviators called the action the "Great Marianas Turkey Shoot". As the end of the war approached, the Allies did not suffer more serious significant losses, despite having far more ships and facing a greater intensity of kamikaze attacks. U.S. carriers also suffered considerably heavier casualties from kamikaze strikes; for instance, 389 men were killed in one attack on USS Bunker Hill, greater than the combined number of fatalities suffered on all six Royal Navy armoured carriers from all forms of attack during the entire war. USS LCS(L)(3)-33 sunk by shore batteries off Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 19 February 1945. PT-353 destroyed by Australian aircraft, mistaken identification, Bangula Bay, New Britain Island, 27 March 1944. Kamikaze was a military tactic that used pilots as weapons, flying their planes straight into Allied ships. LCT(6)-995 sunk at Guam, Mariana Islands, 21 April 1945. Three hundred fifty U.S. crewmen died. PT-337 destroyed by Japanese shore batteries, Hansa Bay, New Guinea, 7 March 1944. We were automatons who obeyed without thinking. USS Leary (DD-158) sunk after being torpedoed by the German submarine U-275 in the North Atlantic, 24 December 1943. He also wrote: "I was hit so hard that I could no longer see and fell on the floor. LCT(5)-332 sunk off northern France, 6 June 1944. USS SC-700 sunk by accidental fire off Vella Lavella, Solomon Islands, 10 March 1944. Landing Craft, Infantry (Gunboat) (LCI(G)) USS Strong (DD-467) sunk after being torpedoed by Japanese destroyer off New Georgia, Solomon Islands, 5 July 1943. LCT(6)-579 sunk off Palau, Caroline Islands, 4 October 1944. 1 August 1943. LCT(5)-28 sunk in the Mediterranean Sea, 30 May 1943. 7 November 1944. USS Bush (DD-529) sunk after being hit by three Kamikaze aircraft off Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 6 April 1945. LCT(6)-1151 sunk, 26 January 1945. USS Pickerel (SS-177) missing off northern Honshu, Japan, 3 April 1943. LCT(5)-66 sunk at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 12 April 1945. [23] These names were taken from a patriotic death poem, Shikishima no Yamato-gokoro wo hito towaba, asahi ni niou yamazakura bana by the Japanese classical scholar, Motoori Norinaga. Landing Craft, Infantry (Mortar) (LCI(M)) USS LSM-135 sunk by Kamikaze attack off Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 25 May 1945. [citation needed], On 17 October 1944, Allied forces assaulted Suluan Island, beginning the Battle of Leyte Gulf. One pilot who continually came back to base was shot after his ninth return. USS Luzon (PR-7) scuttled off Corregidor, Luzon, Philippine Islands, 6 May 1942. USS Juneau (CL-52) sunk by the Japanese submarine I-26 after being torpedoed during the Battle of Guadalcanal, 13 November 1942. Later, Tamai asked Lieutenant Yukio Seki to command the special attack force. USS Chevalier (DD-451) sunk after being torpedoed by Japanese destroyer and damaged in a collision with USS O'Bannon (DD-450) off Vella Lavella, Solomon Islands, 7 October 1943. USS Sentinel (AM-113) sunk by German aircraft off Licata, Sicily, 12 July 1943. USS LST-563 grounded off Clipperton Island, southwest Pacific, 22 December 1944, and abandoned, 9 February 1945. Also Read: This is actual footage of the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri Sailors and Marines work together putting out the fires caused by the Kamikaze pilots. Allied pilots became adept at destroying enemy aircraft before they struck ships. It was an effort ultimately doomed to fail, but one that exacted a horrible price in lives and ships sunk or heavily damaged. PT-113 destroyed as a result of grounding, not in enemy waters, Veale Reef, near Tufi, New Guinea, 8 August 1943. USS LSMR-190 sunk by Kamikaze attack off Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 4 May 1945. USS Jacob Jones (DD-130) sunk after being torpedoed by the German submarine U-578 off Cape May, New Jersey, 28 February 1942. PT-73 grounded in enemy waters and destroyed to prevent capture, Baliquias Bay, Mindoro, Philippine Islands, 15 January 1945. Twin-engine aircraft were occasionally used in planned kamikaze attacks. USS LCS(L)(3)-49 sunk by Suicide boat off Mariveles, Corregidor Channel, Luzon,  LCT(6)-1050 sunk off Ie Shima, Ryukyu Islands, 27 July 1945. USS Gudgeon (SS-211) missing off the Marianas Islands, 18 April 1944. Patrol Ships "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. USS LST-318 sunk by aircraft off Caronia, Sicily, 10 August 1943. Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka rocket planes, launched from bombers, were first deployed in kamikaze attacks from March 1945. [29] By day's end on 26 October, 55 kamikazes from the Special Attack Force had also damaged the large escort carriers USS Sangamon, Suwannee (which had also been struck Motor Mine sweepers (YMS) [20] First Lieutenant Takeshi Kosai and a sergeant were selected. Landing Ship, Medium (Rocket) (LSMR) In 1274 and 1281 Kublai Khan, the Mongol emperor of China, sent out great fleets to conquer Japan. USS Rowan (DD-405) sunk after being torpedoed by German motor torpedo boat off Salerno, Italy, 11 September 1943. USS Atlanta (CL-51) scuttled off Lunga Point, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, after being damaged by gunfire from Japanese warships during the Battle of Guadalcanal,  Even encouraging capable pilots to bail out before impact was ineffective because vital personnel were often lost when they mistimed their exits and were killed as a result. USS Block Island (CVE-21) sunk after being torpedoed by German submarine U-549 northwest of the Canary Islands, 29 May 1944. Allied pilots were more experienced, better trained and in command of superior aircraft, making the poorly trained kamikaze pilots easy targets. Allied gunners had begun to develop techniques to negate kamikaze attacks. [35] The destroyer USS Laffey earned the nickname "The Ship That Would Not Die" after surviving six kamikaze attacks and four bomb hits during this battle. USS YMS-50 sunk by a mine off Balikpapan, Philippine Islands, 18 June 1945. PT-173 lost in transit, tanker torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-17, 100 miles south of Noumea, New Caledonia, 24 May 1943. PT-164 destroyed by Japanese aircraft bombing, Rendova Harbor, Solomon Islands,  Two others dove at USS Fanshaw Bay but were destroyed by anti-aircraft fire. USS Frederick C. Davis (DE-136) sunk after being torpedoed by German submarine U-546 in the North Atlantic, 24 April 1945. USS Luce (DD-522) sunk after being hit by two Kamikaze aircraft off Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 3 May 1945. USS Wake (PR-3) captured at Shanghai, China, 7 December 1941. LCT(6)-548 sunk at Portsmouth, England, October 1944. 14 November 1942. Mine layer (CM) USS YMS-70 foundered off Leyte, Philippine Islands, 17 October 1944. YP-277 scuttled to avoid capture east of Hawaii, 23 May 1942. Category:Ships sunk by kamikaze attack | Military Wiki | Fandom. USS Morris (DD-417) seriously damaged by Kamikaze aircraft, 6 April 1945, off Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, and not repaired after the end of the war. Provide me with 300 planes and I will turn the tide of war. USS Bullhead (SS-332) sunk by Japanese aircraft north of Bali, Lesser Sunda Islands, 6 August 1945. USS LST-496 sunk by a mine off Normandy, France, 11 June 1944. The sergeant major was posthumously promoted to second lieutenant by the emperor and was enshrined at Yasukuni. USS Moonstone (PYc-9) sunk after collision with the USS Greer (DD-145) off the Delaware Capes, Delaware, 16 October 1943. USS Worden (DD-352) Wrecked off Amchitka, Aleutian Islands, 12 January 1943. [52], Irokawa Daikichi, Kamikaze Diaries: Reflections of Japanese Student Soldiers, Pilots were given a manual that detailed how they were supposed to think, prepare and attack. [64], 1944–1945 Japanese suicidal aircraft attacks. It was an honour to die for Japan and the Emperor. Newer U.S.-made planes, especially the Grumman F6F Hellcat and Vought F4U Corsair, outclassed and soon outnumbered Japan's fighter planes. At least one of these pilots was a conscripted Korean with a Japanese name, adopted under the pre-war Soshi-kaimei ordinance that compelled Koreans to take Japanese personal names. Early on 21 October, a Japanese aircraft deliberately crashed into the foremast of the heavy cruiser HMAS Australia. The first was the USS Laffey (DD-459) which was sunk during the First Naval Battle of Guadalcanal in November, 1942. USS Perry (DMS-17) sunk by a mine off Palau, Caroline Islands, 13 September, 1944. According to a wartime Japanese propaganda announcement, the missions sank 81 ships and damaged 195, and according to a Japanese tally, kamikaze attacks accounted for up to 80% of the U.S. losses in the final phase of the war in the Pacific. YP-94 destroyed by grounding, 18 February 1945. Targeting the aircraft proved to be much less successful and practical than attacks against warships, as the bombers made for much faster, more maneuverable and smaller targets. The attacks began in October 1944, at a time when the war was looking increasingly bleak for the Japanese. [19], One source claims that the first kamikaze mission occurred on 13 September 1944. Following the commencement of the kamikaze tactic, newspapers and books ran advertisements, articles and stories regarding the suicide bombers to aid in recruiting and support. Inoguchi, Rikihei, The Divine Wind, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1958, page 139. Although causing some of the heaviest casualties on U.S. carriers in 1945, the IJN had sacrificed 2,525 kamikaze pilots and the IJAAF 1,387—far more than it had lost in 1942 when it sank or crippled three carriers (albeit without inflicting significant casualties). PT-145 grounded in enemy waters and destroyed to prevent capture, Mindiri, New Guinea, 4 January 1944. 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They viewed themselves as the last defense.[56]. 14 destroyers, including the last ship to be sunk, This page was last edited on 3 December 2020, at 01:22. Vice Admiral Matome Ugaki, the commander of the IJN 5th Air Fleet based in Kyushu, participated in one of the final kamikaze attacks on American ships on 15 August 1945, hours after Japan's announced surrender.[41]. Lo, was struck by a … LCT(5)-25 sunk off northern France, 6 June 1944. Daikichi Irokawa, who trained at Tsuchiura Naval Air Base, recalled that he "was struck on the face so hard and frequently that [his] face was no longer recognizable". USS Flier (SS-250) sunk while on the surface by a mine in Balabac Strait, Philippine Islands, 13 August 1944. The aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal sinking after being torpedoed by a German submarine in November 1941, the assisting destroyer HMS Legion was sunk in 1942.
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