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American Aces against the Kamikaze

American Aces against the Kamikaze

by Edward M. Young

Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
ISBN: 9781849087452
Pages: 96
Format: pdf, ePub, mobi, fb2
File size: 3 Mb
Date posting: 2021-03-01
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The Japanese High Command realized that the loss of Okinawa would give the Americans a base for the invasion of Japan. Its desperate response to the invasion of Okinawa was to unleash the full force of the Special Attack Units, known in the west as the Kamikaze ('Divine Wind'), in the hope of inflicting punishing casualties on the US Pacific fleet that in turn disrupted the invasion. In a series of mass attacks in between April and June 1945, more than 900 Kamikaze aeroplanes were shot down. Conventional fighters...