Special attack pilot Lt. Yoshinori Yamaguchi's Yokosuka D4Y3 Model 33 diving at carrier Essex, at 1256 on 25 Nov 1944, photo 2 of 3

Caption   Special attack pilot Lt. Yoshinori Yamaguchi's Yokosuka D4Y3 Model 33 diving at carrier Essex, at 1256 on 25 Nov 1944, photo 2 of 3 ww2dbase
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Photos on Same Day 25 Nov 1944
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Added Date 27 Mar 2007

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
2 Oct 2010 11:35:14 AM

Lt. Yoshinori Yamaguchi flying his Yokosuka
D4Y3 Suisei,(Judy) dive bomber into the USS Essex November 25, 1944. Aircraft number is 17.

The Judy crashed into the flight deck just
missing parked planes. Sixteen men died in the attack, along with Yamaguchi.
Yamaguchi flew from Malabacat Air Field
located in the Philippines, and was part of
the Yoshino Special Attack Corps.

Lt. Yamaguchi was among the thousands of Imperial Navy and Army pilots, who died in Kamikazes attacks.

34 US ships sunk and 368 damaged.
3,048 US sailors killed and 6,025 wounded


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2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
2 Oct 2010 12:17:55 PM

At the end of the war, Japan still had over
10,000 aircraft. And 5,000 were modified
for Kamikaze attacks.

During the Okinawa campaign the Imperial Navy
and Army lost 1,900 aircraft in such attacks.
2,255 in combat operations,2,655 in accidents
1,000 destroyed on the ground.
Plus 3,000 Navy and 2,000 Army pilots.


Surprise attack will be successful the first
time, maybe two or three times, but what fool
would continue the same attack for ten months

-Saburo Sakai-
Imperial Japanese Navy (Ret.)

Japanese term Hissatsu meaning:
(Critical Strike)

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