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adadaead
10-24-2004, 09:32 PM
Were they just picked from a list or something. Because i've read some stories about them and they appear to be just ordinary pilots. But some have to do suicide missions so others could train on them (like AA firing at moving target or something) some pilots had their planes(bombers) converted into suicide aircrafts. Did they volunteer to do this espesialy the Chery Blossom ones?

And second thing why those suicide gliders the "cherry blossoms" were called that way. And do they appear in the new PF campaings or Single Missions.

Lateralus_14
10-24-2004, 09:40 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by adadaead:
Were they just picked from a list or something. Because i've read some stories about them and they appear to be just ordinary pilots. But some have to do suicide missions so others could train on them (like AA firing at moving target or something) some pilots had their planes(bombers) converted into suicide aircrafts. Did they volunteer to do this espesialy the Chery Blossom ones?

And second thing why those suicide gliders the "cherry blossoms" were called that way. And do they appear in the new PF campaings or Single Missions. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I think they were all volunteer units. Units, mind you. There were not instances, say, where a unit was to attack an objective, and designated one or more pilots to crash into it directly. The kamikaze units were seperate from others. Kamikaze pilots were not used as target practice (for the Japanese, anyway). I'm not positive about any of this, so don't put money on it.

The Oka is just the Japenese word for cherry blossom. I'm pretty sure they're not in the game.

adadaead
10-24-2004, 09:47 PM
There was a development screenshot back in august of the chery blosom. And about kamikaze pilots being used as live target for ship AA practice read this thoug this might be one and only case:

After the training was over, the three of us flew alongside the Yamato at an altitude lower than the bridge of the battleship in a single row. Our canopies were open and we bid farewell. Under normal circumstances, I would wave my hand, but that day, I gave a most sincere salute towards the bridge.

The apperance of the Yamato was completely different from the ship that I knew. It was covered with AA guns from bow to stern, as if all guns available in Japan had been collected and mounted. She was literally like a porcupine.

"Go Yamato!" ......The mightiest battleship in the world was going to leave for an one-way mission from which it would never come back, with a shipload of untrained crew. Cooperating as targets for its last gunnery training were a mere three Zeros. Nothing spoke of the status quo of the Japanese Empire than this fact.

Takeshi Umemura, Hikotai leader , 332 Kokutai , April 4th, 1945, after providing target from the AA crew of the Yamato who's never aimed at a moving target.


And still why would they join a kamikaze unit. I still remember a story of a bomber pilot looking at his transformed brand new bomber into the suicide plane and not knowing it, he thinks: "How will i fly into battle in this".

Abbuzze
10-25-2004, 02:15 AM
As fas as I know not all Pilots were volunteers when they flew kamikaze-attacks!

Some of them got the order to do this, in in the understanding of honour they had no oportunity to refuse this...
Even if they survived such an attack, cause the plane was hit before the target it was a shame- they were dead men when they started their planes, and dead men never come back...

Geandily
10-25-2004, 02:47 AM
Was watching a show on the history channel about Kamikaze pilots and they stated that


"all of the pilots that flew these missions were volunteers, ranging from ages 17-20, one officer stated the young age was so they would do their duty, and not think"

Also, the Kamikaze pilots were escorted to their targets by more experienced pilots. I don't see why they would waste their well trained pilots as apparently they had a large waiting list for Kamikaze missions.

I havn't really studied the Kamikaze pilots as they didn't really interest me as much as the Corsair pilots.

PBNA-Boosher
10-25-2004, 06:41 AM
THe mission of the Kamikaze pilot was to destroy enemy capital ships. They were told not to waste their lives on smaller ships, like destroyers, but carriers, battleships, ships of this type were what they were supposed to hit. If they found no targets of opportunity, they were supposed to turn back. There was no point in destroying something small and making your death meaningless.

p1ngu666
10-25-2004, 06:48 AM
mostly volenteers i belive, but most pilots wanted todo it, for japan etc, VERY strong feeling of national pride etc, hard to understand

in the kamikaze book i read, there was no mention of them being used for target practise