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Last Letter from Lance Corporal Hideo Fujii to His Two Younger Sisters and One Younger Brother

At 1600 hours on April 6, 1945, Lance Corporal Hideo Fujii took off from Bansei Army Air Base as a member of the 73rd Shinbu Special Attack Squadron and died in battle near Okinawa at the age of 19. After his death, he received a special promotion to Second Lieutenant.

Fujii was born in 1926 and grew up in Fukui City. He joined the 15th Kō Class of the Army Youth Pilot (Rikugun Shōhi) Program and received training at Ōtsu, Utsunomiya, 13th Kyōiku Hikōtai (Flight Training Unit) 101st Butai in Pyongyang (Korea), and 23rd Rensei Hikōtai. On March 29, 1945, he was assigned officially as a member of the Special Attack Corps and became a member of the 73rd Shinbu Squadron when it was formed on March 31, 1945.

He wrote the following last letter to his two younger sisters and one younger brother:

Tsuyako, Michiko, and Norio,

I hope that you are doing well. Now I go in order to strike down the hated Americans and British.

Tsuyako, Michiko, and Norio, please follow the instructions of Father and Mother, train your bodies, become splendid persons, and become useful individuals. And for my portion please diligently do your best for Father and Mother.

Goodbye.

Written on board my plane at 0907 on April 6, 1945
Army Special Attack Corps Member
Shinbu Unit, Hideo Fujii

He also wrote the following:

Smiling cheerfully
In death with enemy ship

Written at 2340 on April 5, 1945


Letter translated by Bill Gordon
November 2017

The letter and other information on this page come from Naemura (1993, 113-4).

Source Cited

Naemura, Hichirō. 1993. Rikugun saigo no tokkō kichi: Bansei tokkōtaiin no isho to isatsu (Army's last special attack base: Last letters and photographs of Bansei special attack corps members). Ōsaka: Tōhō Shuppan.