Tetsuki, The Kamikaze
Tetsuki Seki was born and brought up a pious man and a courageous, but very noble soul indeed. His parents were devoted to the Emperor, but in a strange way had very visionary aspirations for their youngest son.
However, this was not to be, and the call came in 1944, when Tetsuki was just 24 and completing his final year at an Academy for training pilots. As requested by the Emperor. Tetsuki joined the Special Attack Unit, and was assignment to fight against Allied vessels on suicide attacks. This was in the closing stages of the Pacific Campaign of World War 2, designed to destroy enemy ships more effectively, than was possible with conventional attacks.
Tetsuki was given an aircraft, purpose-built explosive missiles, and was ordered to attempt to crash his aircraft into enemy ships in a "body attack." His plane was laden with bombs, torpedoes, full fuel tanks and explosives. He was chosen for his accuracy, as this was much better than a conventional attack, and could sustain damage which would disable a conventional attacker and still achieve its objective.
The goal of crippling or destroying large numbers of Allied ships, particularly aircraft carriers, was considered by the Emperor to be crucial and as such a just reason for sacrificing pilots and their aircrafts.
In October, 1944, Tetsuki knew that they had suffered several critical military defeats. They were also losing pilots faster than the time taken to train their replacements. But his country was unwilling to surrender, and so this led to the use of kamikaze tactics (aerial and non-aerial suicide strikes) as Allied forces advanced towards their homelands.
Tetsuki was devout but courageous, as well as a patriot to his country, and so he found himself caught up in the tradition of death instead of defeat, capture, and perceived shame. This was one of the primary traditions, that he saw deeply entrenched in the military culture; in the samuri and the Bushido code: loyalty and honour until death.
If Tetsuki knew what he was fighting for, he did not show it. He began to prepare himself mentally and psychologically for his demise. Perhaps by sinking a large enemy vessel, he thought, his death would pay the debt his parents owed and show the love they had for their families, friends, and Emperor.
He believed in the nobility of spirit; that it would keep the homeland from ruin. It was in this cause, that he became extraordinarily blissful, and ready to offer his life, such as he never would again.
Nose-diving from a perilous height, Tetsuki offered up his Soul to the Tao, prayed for those alive and shouted ‘victory’ to the Empire, as he plunged the aircraft into the enemy ships below.
Approximately 2,800 Kamikaze attackers sank 34 Navy ships, damaged 368 others, killed 4,900 sailors, and wounded over 4,800. Despite radar detection and cuing, airborne interception, attrition, and massive anti-aircraft barrages, 14 percent of Kamikazes survived to score a hit on a ship; nearly 8.5 percent of all ships hit by Kamikazes sank. - Manatita, 27th May, 2017.
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