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Pacific Air War: Kamikaze Pilots

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Figure 1.--The major Japanese military code was unyielding allegiance to Emperor and country. There was no shortage of voluteers to fly Kamikaze missions, althought not all the pilots were truly volunteers. There were three times the number of volunteers as there were available planes.

The major Japanese military code was unyielding allegiance to Emperor and country. There was no shortage of voluteers to fly Kamikazee missions, althought not all the pilots were truly volunteers. There were three times the number of volunteers as there were available planes. The Kamikazes were not experienced pilots. Experienced pilots were in very short supply. Japan began the War having gone for quality over quantity. They had a small cadre of very well trained and experienced pilots. A major concern of Admiral Yamanoto, Admiral Nagumo, and other naval commanders was preserving their corps of pilots and not expending them before the Pacific fleet was destroyed. Having failed that, after the Battle of the Philippones Sea, the Japanese wre forced to go for quantity over quality. They had neither the time or the aviation fuel to properly train pilots. The Kamakazze pilots were generally recruited from young, often idealistic students. Most were older teenagers drafted before completing their studies. Many would have pursued university educations. Many had at least some training in science and technology making them more suitable for pilot training. Most of the Kanikaze pilots were students. Some believed that because of their sacrifice for the Emperor God, that the the Kamikaze campaign would save Japan from defeat. There were, hiwever, a wide range of feelings. Some of the pilots saw the War as lost, but felt duty compeled to then to sacrifice themselves. Others were youths anxious to be treated as adult men. They were not as often deficted mindless fanatics. Their country through no fault of their own was emperiled and they saw resising the Americans as their duty, to both protect their country and their people. The overwealming caracteristic is the normality of these young men and tge families frim which they came. A good exampke is an unidentified middle-class family in 1944.






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Created: 6:57 AM 10/13/2008
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