“I Looked Him Right In The Eyes” – Sailor Recalls Harrowing Close Call with a Kamikaze — MilitaryHistoryNow.com

“I looked at him. He looked at me.” MORE THAN 4,000 Japanese aviators volunteered to be Kamikaze during the Second World War. Pilots in these so-called “Special Attack Forces” agreed to fly their explosive-laden planes straight into Allied warships, killing themselves,…Read more →

via “I Looked Him Right In The Eyes” – Sailor Recalls Harrowing Close Call with a Kamikaze — MilitaryHistoryNow.com

Altogether, twenty-four ships were sunk or damaged by the kamikazes that day. Though the suicide planes had not succeeded in penetrating to the beaches, the cost to the United States Navy had been high. And April 6 was only a prelude to mounting terror in the seas off Okinawa. Onishi’s planes were not the only […]

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