By Angus Konstam
The accomplice states followed radical recommendations to counter the naval superiority in their rivals. one of many extra profitable suggestions they followed was once using trade raiders. This e-book describes the explanations which compelled the Confederates to hotel to trade raiding, and descriptions the best way those craft have been switched over or particularly equipped to accomplish their function. It information not just the way in which those craft have been operated and manned, but in addition their brutal assaults, bold escapes and climatic battles opposed to the big numbers of Union warships pressured to seek them down.
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Special Attack Aircraft 39 During the period of the Okinawa campaign, between 18 March and 22 June 1945, American forces encountered a total of ﬁfty-seven Okas. Of these, forty-two of the mother planes were shot down before they could launch their deadly cargo. Four of the rocket powered gliders actually hit American ships, but only one sinking was achieved when the destroyer Mannert L. Abele was hit on 12 April. Two of the American reports might not have been accurate. 15 By May of 1945, the Allied forces had encountered the Oka piloted bomb and identiﬁed several planes as possible carriers.
It was in the last stages of development when the war ended. , for study. The wingspan was 18'10", LOA 26'3", and the fuselage length 24'3". NARA 80G 400870. 3. Special Attack Aircraft 41 The Nakajima Ki-115a Tsurugi (Sabre) was designed as a low cost kamikaze plane for defense of the home islands. Although 105 were produced by the end of the war it never became operational. ” 16 During the Okinawa campaign, there were no reported uses of such rockets on Japanese special attack planes. Had the war continued and had Japanese production not been severely hampered by American air attacks, the I-Go guided bomb, under development, might have replaced the Oka.
22 Others fell into the category of sukebei (liberals). These pilots were also willing to die for their country but viewed the Special Attack Corps as a last resort rather than a preferred method of combat. Hachiro Sasaki, a member of the Showa Special Attack Unit, evidenced still another, more pragmatic, philosophy. According to him, it was a matter of fate. 23 Sasaki went down off Okinawa on 14 April. Oka pilot Keichi Itoh of the 722nd Tornado Corps, reasoned that he was going to die in the war.