Kamikaze

USS Bunker Hill (CV-17), an aircraft carrier, was hit by two kamikazes on 11 May 1945, resulting in 389 personnel dead or missing and 264 wounded.
The Mongol fleet destroyed in a typhoon, by Kikuchi Yōsai, 1847
Lt. Yoshinori Yamaguchi's Yokosuka D4Y3 (Type 33 Suisei) "Judy" in a suicide dive against USS Essex (CV-9) on 25 November 1944. The attack left 15 killed and 44 wounded. The dive brakes are extended and the non-self-sealing port wing tank trails fuel vapor and/or smoke.
Model 52c Zeros ready to take part in a kamikaze attack (early 1945)
A kamikaze aircraft explodes after crashing into Essex flight deck amidships 25 November 1944.
Rear Admiral Masafumi Arima
26 May 1945. Corporal Yukio Araki, holding a puppy, with four other pilots of the 72nd Shinbu Squadron at Bansei, Kagoshima. Araki died the following day, at the age of 17, in a suicide attack on ships near Okinawa.
St Lo attacked by kamikazes, 25 October 1944
Starboard horizontal stabilizer from the tail of a "Judy" on the deck of USS Kitkun Bay (CVE-71). The "Judy" made a run on the ship approaching from dead astern; it was met by effective fire and the aircraft passed over the island and exploded. Parts of the aircraft and the pilot were scattered over the flight deck and the forecastle.
An A6M Zero (A6M2 Model 21) towards the end of its run at the escort carrier USS White Plains (CVE-66) on 25 October 1944. The aircraft exploded in mid-air moments after the picture was taken, scattering debris across the deck.
An A6M5 "Zero" diving towards American ships in the Philippines in early 1945
USS Louisville (CA-28) is struck by a Mitsubishi Ki-51 kamikaze at the Battle of Lingayen Gulf, 6 January 1945.
USS Missouri (BB-63) shortly before being hit by a Mitsubishi A6M Zero (visible top left), 11 April 1945
Aircraft carrier after being struck by a kamikaze off the Sakishima Islands. The kamikaze made a dent 3 m long and 0.6 m wide and deep in the armored flight deck. Eight crew members were killed, forty-seven were wounded, and 11 aircraft were destroyed.
Ugaki, shortly before taking off in a Yokosuka D4Y3 to participate in one of the final kamikaze strikes, 15 August 1945
A crewman in an AA gun aboard the battleship USS New Jersey (BB-62) watches a kamikaze aircraft dive at USS Intrepid (CV-11) 25 November 1944. Over 75 men were killed or missing and 100 wounded.
Japanese Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka ("cherry blossom"), a specially built rocket-powered kamikaze aircraft used towards the end of the war. The U.S. called them Baka Bombs ("idiot bombs").
First recruits for Japanese Kamikaze suicide pilots in 1944
Chiran high school girls wave farewell with cherry blossom branches to departing kamikaze pilot in a Nakajima Ki-43-IIIa Hayabusa.

Kamikaze, officially Shinpū Tokubetsu Kōgekitai (神風特別攻撃隊), were a part of the Japanese Special Attack Units of military aviators who flew suicide attacks for the Empire of Japan against Allied naval vessels in the closing stages of the Pacific campaign of World War II, intending to destroy warships more effectively than with conventional air attacks.

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USS Bunker Hill (CV-17), an aircraft carrier, was hit by two kamikazes on 11 May 1945, resulting in 389 personnel dead or missing and 264 wounded.

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Technical drawing of the Fletcher-class destroyer

USS Callaghan (DD-792)

Ship of the United States Navy named for Rear Admiral Daniel J. Callaghan (1890–1942), who was killed in action in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism during the action.

Ship of the United States Navy named for Rear Admiral Daniel J. Callaghan (1890–1942), who was killed in action in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism during the action.

Technical drawing of the Fletcher-class destroyer

She was the last Allied ship sunk by a kamikaze attack during the war.

Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu (Allied code name "Nick")

Kawasaki Ki-45

Two-seat, twin-engine heavy fighter used by the Imperial Japanese Army in World War II.

Two-seat, twin-engine heavy fighter used by the Imperial Japanese Army in World War II.

Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu (Allied code name "Nick")
Kawasaki Ki-45 KAIc Army Type 2 two-seat fighter Model C of the 53rd Hiko Sentai
Remains of the only surviving Ki-45 KAIc, on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, with a Schräge Musik-type vertical cannon mount behind the cockpit
Abandoned Ki-45s of the 71st Dokuritsu Hiko Chutai at Kallang Airfield, Singapore, in September 1945.
Another Kawasaki Ki-45 of the 53rd Hiko Sentai, active on home defence, as depicted by the wide white band surrounding the Hinomaru
Captured Ki-45 following the end of the war

They were also used in kamikaze attacks, such as the attack on USS Dickerson (DD-157) on 2 April 1945 off Okinawa.

Mitsubishi Ki-51

Mitsubishi Ki-51

Light bomber/dive bomber in service with the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II.

Light bomber/dive bomber in service with the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II.

Mitsubishi Ki-51
3-view drawing of the Mitsubishi Ki-51
After the end of World War 2, Mitsubishi Ki-51 Type 99 attack planes and reconnaissance aircraft accumulated at Keijo New Airfield (Gimpo) in Seoul.

As the war drew to a close, the Japanese began using them in kamikaze attacks.

Mitsubishi Ki-15-I (Army Type 97 Command Reconnaissance aircraft)

Mitsubishi Ki-15

Japanese reconnaissance aircraft and a light attack bomber of the Second Sino-Japanese War and Pacific War.

Japanese reconnaissance aircraft and a light attack bomber of the Second Sino-Japanese War and Pacific War.

Mitsubishi Ki-15-I (Army Type 97 Command Reconnaissance aircraft)
Mitsubishi Ki-15 Karigane aircraft, (registration J-BAAI) sponsored by the newspaper Asahi Shimbun
3-view drawing of the Mitsubishi Ki-15

By 1943, the Ki-15 had been relegated to second-line roles, but numbers were expended in kamikaze attacks in the closing stages of World War II.

Dechaineux

Emile Dechaineux

Australian mariner who reached the rank of Captain in the Royal Australian Navy during World War II.

Australian mariner who reached the rank of Captain in the Royal Australian Navy during World War II.

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Dechaineux (second right) on the bridge of HMAS Australia in September 1944.
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He was killed by a Japanese aircraft in what is believed to have been the first ever kamikaze attack, in the lead-up to the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

HMS Formidable on fire following a kamikaze strike, Okinawa, 9 May 1945. Total casualties, 3 dead and 19 wounded.

Armoured flight deck

Aircraft carrier flight deck that incorporates substantial armour in its design.

Aircraft carrier flight deck that incorporates substantial armour in its design.

HMS Formidable on fire following a kamikaze strike, Okinawa, 9 May 1945. Total casualties, 3 dead and 19 wounded.
USS Franklin listing, with crew on deck, due to two armor piercing bomb hits penetrating the unarmoured flight deck, 19 March 1945. Total casualties, 807 dead and 487 wounded.

The British approach of armoured flight decks was meant as an effective form of passive defence from bombs and kamikaze attacks that actually struck their carriers, while the American carriers primarily relied on fighters to prevent the carriers from being hit in the first place.

JMSDF Tateyama Air Base

Military aerodrome of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

Military aerodrome of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

Due to its location, it was regarded as a strategic site for the defense of the entrance to Tokyo Bay, and was a base for kamikaze attack aircraft towards the end of the Pacific War.

Film poster advertising The Eternal Zero in Japan

The Eternal Zero (film)

2013 Japanese war drama film directed by Takashi Yamazaki and based on a novel by Naoki Hyakuta, published in English by Vertical Inc.

2013 Japanese war drama film directed by Takashi Yamazaki and based on a novel by Naoki Hyakuta, published in English by Vertical Inc.

Film poster advertising The Eternal Zero in Japan
Zero fighter plane

A Japanese man in his twenties learns that he is the grandson of a Kamikaze military aviator, who was killed in World War II.