A special attack aircraft exploded after hitting Intrepid, off Philippine Islands, 25 Nov 1944

Caption   A special attack aircraft exploded after hitting Intrepid, off Philippine Islands, 25 Nov 1944 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Navy Naval History and Heritage Command
Identification Code   NH 62958
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Philippines Campaign, Phase 1, the Leyte Campaign   Main article  Photos  Maps  
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Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 7 Sep 2006

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1. Fernando says:
26 Nov 2011 03:47:34 AM

Now kamikaze attacks are called "A special attack aircraft"?
2. Commenter identity confirmed C. Peter Chen says:
26 Nov 2011 05:33:05 AM

Fernando, WW2-era suicide units in the Japanese military were called "tokubetsu kogeki tai" (or shortened as "tokko tai", which means: tokubetsu - "special" kogeki - "attack" tai - "squad" or "unit" So yes, what the westerners call "kamikaze" was what the Japanese call "special attack". The word kamikaze (or shimbu) was a stylized way to refer to such sacrifices. That word appeared in one or two of the Special Attack units, but not all.

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