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A special attack aircraft exploded after hitting Intrepid, off Philippine Islands, 25 Nov 1944

Caption     A special attack aircraft exploded after hitting Intrepid, off Philippine Islands, 25 Nov 1944 ww2dbase
Photographer    Unknown
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Navy Naval History and Heritage Command
Identification Code   NH 62958
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Philippines Campaign, Phase 1, the Leyte Campaign   Main article  Photos  Maps  
Tokko "Kamikaze" Special Attack Doctrine   Main article  Photos  Maps  
Intrepid   Main article  Photos  Maps  
Photos on Same Day 25 Nov 1944
Added By C. Peter Chen

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1. Fernando says:
26 Nov 2011 03:47:34 AM

Now kamikaze attacks are called "A special attack aircraft"?
2. Commenter identity confirmed C. Peter Chen says:
26 Nov 2011 05:33:05 AM

Fernando, WW2-era suicide units in the Japanese military were called "tokubetsu kogeki tai" (or shortened as "tokko tai", which means:

tokubetsu - "special"
kogeki - "attack"
tai - "squad" or "unit"

So yes, what the westerners call "kamikaze" was what the Japanese call "special attack".

The word kamikaze (or shimbu) was a stylized way to refer to such sacrifices. That word appeared in one or two of the Special Attack units, but not all.

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