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The Japanese Yokosuka MXY7Ohka (“Cherry Blossom”) was a piloted, rocket powered, anti-shipping Kamikaze suicide aircraft with a 1,200 kg / 2,646 lb ammonal warhead designed to unleash hell upon Allied fleets. The Ohkawas essentially a piloted missile… absolute pure madness!
Yokosuka MXY7Ohka were deployed by the Imperial Japanese Navy for use by Kamikaze units towards the end of World War Two. This was a time of desperation and a nearing defeat for the Japanese. Kamikaze is Japanese for “Spirit Wind” or “Divine Wind” and the Kamikaze units were officially titled Tokubetsu Kōgekitai (“Special Attack Unit”). As skilled pilot numbers and quality combat aircraft diminished with loss after loss against superior Allied numbers and equipment, the Japanese turned to a perceived way to put unskilled pilots to maximum use flying obsolete aircraft packed with high explosives, bombs and fuel as suicide pilots. Captain Motoharu Okamura
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