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Kamikaze

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Maya Barker

on 1 February 2014

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Transcript of Kamikaze

Planes
Background
205th Japanese air Group
First Attack
The first time the Japanese deployed their Kamikaze air force was during the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

The attack was not the most successful but still caused damage to the United States.

Although the Kamikaze were not successful during this battle, it was still known to be the largest naval battle of World War II.

At the time of the battle, the Japanese had fewer aircraft than the Allied forces had sea vessels.
The Battle of Okinawa
The Battle of Okinawa can be known as one of the most successful attacks done by the Kamikaze.

The Kamikaze caused serious damage during this battle to the American Pacific fleet by dropping down onto Navy ships.

More than 350 planes were attacking Allied fleet. The Destroyer
Laffey
was attacked by 20 planes at once.
Kamikaze
The 205th Japanese Air Group was a group that specialized as a Kamikaze unit.

Soldiers believed that if they served in the 205th Air Group that they would have a place in heaven for sacrificing their life for their emperor.

These soldiers were responsible for most air-damage done by the Japanese.
The Kamikaze were a group of Japanese plane fighters that would sacrifice their lives in order to kill their enemies.

Kamikaze literally means "spirit wind" but is usually translated to "divine wind".

Leaders believed that crashing a plane, even accidentally, would inflict more damage than shooting at the enemy.
The main plane that was used for the Kamikaze was the Mitsubishi A6M2 nicknamed "The Zero"

The aircraft had a maximum speed of 332 mph and was 30 feet long.

The Japanese later modified the plane so it could hold more arsenal for damage purposes.
maya barker
Facts
The Japanese did not use Kamikaze tactics at Pearl Harbor.

It was estimated that...
-7.465 Kamikazes flew to their deaths
-120 US ships were sunk. and even more damaged
-3,048 allied soldiers were killed and another 6,025 wounded by the Kamikaze
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