January 05, 1945 : Kamikaze pilots get first order

Introduction

On this day in 1945, Japanese pilots received the first order to become kamikaze, meaning “divine wind” in Japanese. The suicidal blitz of the kamikazes revealed Japan’s desperation in the final months of World War II. Most of Japan’s top pilots were dead, but youngsters needed little training to take planes full of explosives and crash them into ships. At Okinawa, they sank 30 ships and killed almost 5,000 Americans.

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January 05, 1945 : Kamikaze pilots get first order

  • Author

    History.com Staff

  • Website Name

    History.com

  • Year Published

    2010

  • Title

    January 05, 1945 : Kamikaze pilots get first order

  • URL

    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/kamikaze-pilots-get-first-order

  • Access Date

    November 17, 2017

  • Publisher

    A+E Networks