Kamikaze squadrons recruited teenage boys and converted them into human bombs. These boys became suicide pilots whose sole purpose was to die for the Emperor. During World War II, the Kamikaze caused the greatest losses in the history of the United States Navy.At age 15, Yasuo Kuwahara entered military service where he suffered through basic training so brutal, nine men of his squadron committed suicide. After qualifying for fighter pilot school, he survived ferocious aerial combat and barely escaped death at the hands of the American enemy. Upon receipt of his final attack orders he returned home near Hiroshima to bid farewell to his family, but amazingly escaped his suicide mission due to one of the cruelest ironies of World War II. 7th Edition
Kamikaze: A Japanese Pilot’s Own Spectacular Story of the Famous Suicide Squadrons – Paperback
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Gordon T. Allred was a professor of English at Weber State University, where he has taught for more than four decades. He is the author of more than 20 books. He is the recipient of the Utah Fine Arts Creative Writing Award and the Utah Author of the Year award. He was from Ogden, Utah, and died in 2016
Yasuo Kuwahara was only 15 in 1944 when he won first place at the Japanese National High School Glider contest. As Japan’s war outlook grew dimmer, Japanese military officers pressed Kuwahara into training as a fighter pilot for the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force. After the war, he worked for the U.S. government and later owned a successful photography business. He died suddenly in 1980.