Kamikaze Pilots get a TAN at Ulithi

Today's History Lesson

When the Japanese military first implemented its kamikaze plan in October of 1944, the stated goal was “one man, one  ship“.  And while it was certainly possible for one pilot, flying a plane loaded with one (or more) bombs, to sink a ship, reality showed that such a ratio was pretty difficult to maintain.

In these latter stages of the Pacific War, aerial warfare was a pretty lopsided affair.  Carrier aircraft of the U.S. Navy enjoyed total control of the skies.  Japanese pilots were still flying the same aircraft they had at the beginning of the war, while their American counterparts were not.  Old Brewster Buffaloes and F4F Wildcats had given way to F4U Corsairs and F6F Hellcats, and the new marks swatted out-classed Japanese planes from the sky with an inevitable regularity.  For the kamikaze pilot, not only was flying an airplane into an enemy ship an act of…

View original post 468 more words

Leave a Comment

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.