View Full Version : Heads Up, CHANNEL 4 UK 9pm TONIGHT " THE DAY OF THE KAMIKAZE"

02-18-2008, 12:22 PM
Story of Japanese suicide Pilots, featuring US archive footage of their wartime attacks. Featuring video drama sequences revealing how volunteers were trained for their final missions, plus interviews with Allied personnel that survived their attacks..

Quote from the Daily Express..............

So now you know http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif 9 PM TONIGHT

02-18-2008, 12:28 PM
Thanks mate.

02-18-2008, 12:57 PM
Yeah thanks TT - i would've missed that otherwise http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

02-18-2008, 01:28 PM
Thanks also TT http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

02-18-2008, 04:17 PM
Hi all,

Watched the programme and there were a few interesting items.

One Kamikaze pilot who is alive today spoke of being attacked by 3 F4Us on his way to the target. He took evasive action but his aircraft was holed 78 times before the F4Us ran out of ammunition.

He crash landed at a Japanese base and was wounded. He therefore survived the war.(Saved by F4Us??).

Was he accurate about the 78 hits that were counted on his aircraft after landing? His type of aircraft was not mentioned.

There was also mention of two Royal Navy carriers being hit by Kamikazes. It was suggested that their armoured flight decks reduced casualties.

Best Regards,

02-19-2008, 04:03 AM
Yeah - quite interesting, well-made and certainly worth watching.

It also featured the Ohka (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0CjYKb-y5k) footage that someone posted a couple of months back.

Originally posted by MB_Avro_UK:
There was also mention of two Royal Navy carriers being hit by Kamikazes. It was suggested that their armoured flight decks reduced casualties.

This was a British innovation that was later copied by the US and Japanese Navies. However i'm not sure how many of the US carriers actually had armoured flight decks - probably only the newest ones:

"Despite its reputation for conservatism and love of tradition the Royal Navy showed that it had great capacity for innovation. Apart from its unique contribution to the development of radar, it also introduced a wide range of weapons and developed effective ships to use them. The armored flight deck carrier is only one example of successful ship-design."

"In 1937 the British introduced a new feature, an armored flightdeck to allow carriers to withstand prolonged bombing, and this was subsequently copied by the USN and IJN"

- both quotes from John Keegan's World War II: A Visual Encyclopedia

02-19-2008, 09:36 AM
The Germans had their own Kamikaze (Selbsopfer) at the very end of WWII flying Fi103s with a cockpit like this:


I don't know a lot about them, other than one might have been used on an attack on the Soviets - and it might have been a case of aiming at the target then hitting the silk.