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High school girls from Chiran, Kagoshima, Japan waving cherry blossom branches to bid farewell to Lt Toshio Anazawa of Japanese Army 20th Shinbu Special Attack Unit in Ki-43 Hayabusa, 12 Apr 1945

Caption   High school girls from Chiran, Kagoshima, Japan waving cherry blossom branches to bid farewell to Lt Toshio Anazawa of Japanese Army 20th Shinbu Special Attack Unit in Ki-43 Hayabusa, 12 Apr 1945 ww2dbase
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Photos on Same Day 12 Apr 1945
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 23 Jun 2008

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1. 御守月 says:
25 Sep 2009 02:33:03 AM

2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
7 Dec 2009 02:57:48 PM

25 Sept. 2009 02:33:03 AM

Another loss to the WW2DB, as I can not understand your comment.
As I would like to know what information
you have posted. I have always been
interested in Aviation, of every Nation.
I hope someone could enlighten me.
3. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
27 Apr 2010 03:50:09 PM

Army Special Attack Units:

Existing squadrons were designated and trained with missions of air-to-air ramming
of Allied aircraft, and other targets.
Most aircraft had weapons removed, and the
airframes reinforced. During the final phase
of the war, dedicated Kamikaze units were
formed about 170 units with 12 aircraft each
giving total strength over 2,000 aircraft.
4. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
8 May 2010 03:46:41 PM

Many different types of Army aircraft both
single and twin-engine,were converted for
"Special Attack Missions".
All armament and other equipment, not needed
were removed one such aircraft, was a bomber
the Mitsubishi Ki-67-I-Kai Hiryu, "Peggy" that used by both the Imperial Army and Navy.
Crew: pilot, co-pilot and navigator
5. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
9 May 2010 02:05:39 PM

The Mitsubishi Ki-67-I-Kai Hiryu "Peggy"
used for "Special Attack Missions" carried
special charge of explosives weighing about
2,900 Kgs. or 6,393 Lbs.
6. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
23 Oct 2011 10:07:22 AM

During the war, many types of Japanese a/c were captured some were wrecks, others were
made airworthy rebuilt from different airframes.
The Allies tested both Japanese Army and Navy
aircraft at Eagle farm, located in Australia
One Nakajima Ki-43 was captured at Hollandia
New Guinea in 1944.
The Oscar was shipped to Eagle farm restored
to flying condition and tested. The Oscar is now in the possession of the Alpine Fighter Collection, New Zealand

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