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The Japanese pilots were desperate, realizing the war was lost, and wanted to sacrifice themselves for the glory and honor which would be bestowed on them and their families. This mission was completed with 17 enemy fighters shot down, 13 probables, and 12 damaged. This book details the exploits of the ‘Dragon Slayers’ who, flying the very latest haaf and twin-engined fighters, exacted a heavy toll on the AAF Boeing bombers using a range of tactics including ramming. Account Options Sign in.
He has spent much lf his adult life researching the history of Japanese fighter pilots.
The authors provide both sides’ claims of aircraft downed, but many times the combatants considerably overestimated or exaggerated the claims. Dennis rated it really liked it Dec 09, First, Bs performed high-altitude precision bombing through Januarybut this turned out to not be very effective when compared to the number of planes destroyed and damaged.
The authors of B Hunters of the JAAF do not address whether or not the JAAF pilots mentioned in the book are members of special attack forces, and the term “kamikaze” is not used to describe the pilots. Halloran survived the war but was ill-treated during captivity.
Even after hitting a B, a pilot sometimes had a chance to parachute from his plane or even to land his damaged plane.
The book focuses uunters ramming attacks, so the reader does not get an understanding of their relative importance when compared to conventional aerial attacks or to antiaircraft fire. As the bombing altitudes got lower the number of Bs in the attacks increased to where every day hundreds of them were destroying Japanese cities.
The aircraft is a KiI-Tei.
The Japanese surrendered on 15 Aug. The book also has many well-drawn illustrations of JAAF planes, tail markings, unit insignia, and markings used to signify claims to B kills.
Using less gas, they could carry a larger bomb load. The XX1 Bomber Command was now ready to carry the fight to the Japanese homeland operating from recently captured islands in the Marianas.
This book tells the individual stories of both JAAF pilots who made daring attacks on Bs, sometimes by ramming them in suicidal attacks, and B pilots and crewmen who fought them off. Koji TakakiHenry Sakaida. No trivia or quizzes yet.
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Dobry Vojak rated it it was amazing May 03, The authors provide both sides’ claims of aircraft downed, but many times the combatants considerably overestimated or exaggerated the claims. Bob marked it as to-read Mar 14, Japanese techniques against the Americans were becoming worrisome. The idea was to coordinate their attack with ground searchlights, and approach the bombers from below, then shoot up into the formation. Norbert Helmken is currently reading it Nov 25, Instead, only those pilots in designated special attack units are officially recognized.
This raid produced the first ramming by Japanese aircraft. Most English-language books and film documentaries consider kamikazes to include Japanese pilots who conducted suicidal ramming attacks on American aircraft. American aircraft could now roam almost at will over Japan. Flying at high altitudes, and devastating targets with both high explosives and incendiaries, the Superfortresses conducted very long range missions from recently captured island bases in the western Pacific.
English-language histories about Japan’s kamikaze operations use the term “kamikaze” for the JAAF pilots who made ramming attacks on Bs [ 1 ], even though the Japanese military did not use this term to refer to these pilots. Tom Tullis has illustrated a number of books in both the Aces and Combat Aircraft series, and was the first artist to produce material for Osprey Aviation electronically.
Only search Kamikaze Images. However, whereas kamikaze pilots who tried to dive into ships had no chance of living, several JAAF pilots survived B ramming attacks to fight another day. Now retired after a long career in the textiles industry, Takaki is working on several book projects with Henry Sakaida.
The battle between the Bs and the Japanese fighters was on. The Kamikaze attacks by the Japanese increased and were quite effective. There is no doubt the ramming tactics and suicide attacks were a force to be reckoned with. The Enola created a dramatic ending to the bloody conflict which the Japanese had started.
Francesco marked it as to-read Jun 13, The book also has many well-drawn illustrations of JAAF planes, tail markings, unit insignia, and markings used to signify claims to B kills. Firebombing had incinerated nearly every city in Japan. Halloran decided to wave at the one of the pilots, who returned the greeting with a salute and let him live.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of maaf you want to read. Both the Army and Navy formed “special attack corps” to carry out suicide attacks, and these included planes to crash dive into ships, kaiten manned torpedoes, explosive motorboats, and other weapons. English-language histories about Japan’s kamikaze operations use the term “kamikaze” for the JAAF pilots who made ramming attacks on Bs [ 1 ], even though the Japanese military did not use this term to refer to these pilots.