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Last Writing of Second Lieutenant Kanji Eda

On June 6, 1945, Second Lieutenant Kanji Eda took off from Chiran Army Air Base as a member of the 165th Shinbu Special Attack Squadron and died in a special attack west of Okinawa at the age of 22. He piloted a Hien Type 3 Fighter (Allied code name of Tony). After his death in a special attack, he received a two-rank promotion to Captain. He was from Toyama Prefecture, attended Waseda University in Tōkyō, and become a member of the 2nd Class of the Army Special Cadet Pilot Training Program.

He wrote the following just before he made his final sortie from Chiran Air Base:

In such beautiful greenery, it seems that I forget even that today now I go to die.

Chiran in June, with the deep blue sky and white clouds dreamily floating while the cicadas already are chirping, gives me the impression of summer.

While waiting for an operation order:

The voices of the small birds seem happy. "Next time I also will be a small bird." Sugimoto [1], who is lying on the grass as the sun is shining, is saying things like this. Do not laugh.

Today at 1335 I finally will take off from Chiran.

My dear homeland. Farewell.

I will send as a memento the fountain pen that I used.

Writing translated by Bill Gordon
February 2018

The writing and biographical information on this page come from Chiran Tokkō Irei Kenshō Kai (2005, 145, 179) and Osuo (2005, 206).


1. Akira Sugimoto was also a Second Lieutenant in the 165th Shinbu Squadron.

Sources Cited

Chiran Tokkō Irei Kenshō Kai (Chiran Special Attack Memorial Society), ed. 2005. Konpaku no kiroku: Kyū rikugun tokubetsu kōgekitai chiran kichi (Record of departed spirits: Former Army Special Attack Corps Chiran Base). Revised edition, originally published in 2004. Chiran Town, Kagoshima Prefecture: Chiran Tokkō Irei Kenshō Kai.

Osuo, Kazuhiko. 2005. Tokubetsu kōgekitai no kiroku (rikugun hen) (Record of special attack corps (Army)). Tōkyō: Kōjinsha.