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Last Letter of Second Lieutenant Osamu Mōri to His Parents

On May 4, 1945, Second Lieutenant Osamu Mōri took off from Bansei Air Base as a member of the 66th Shinbu Special Attack Squadron and died in a special (suicide) attack west of Okinawa at the age of 22. He piloted an Army Type 97 Fighter (Allied code name of Nate). After his death, he received a two-rank promotion to Captain.

Mōri was from Ōsaka City. In March 1942, he graduated from Tennōji Teachers College and started teaching at Tamagawa National School. In October 1942, he joined the Army. In May 1943, he started at Toyohashi No. 2 Army Officer School in Aichi Prefecture. In November 1943, he transferred to Tachiarai Flight School in Fukuoka Prefecture. In December 1944, he transferred to Akeno 3rd Kyōiku Hikō Shidan (Flying Training Division) in Mie Prefecture.

He wrote to his parents the following final letter on a picture postcard of Nanjing. The postcard has two sections, one with his final letter and another written by Masayoshi Matsui, husband of Mōri's older sister, with some comments by Mōri at the end.

Preliminaries omitted.

- Father, Mother, thank you. I have shown to you only unfilial conduct, but I will make the final flower bloom.
- Please give my regards to everyone.
- I lived passionately. Satisfied, I will follow an eternal cause.
- During the sortie on the day after tomorrow, I certainly will sink a ship instantly. Everyone, please enjoy good health.

66th Shinbu Squadron member
Osamu Mōri


Today I met with Osamu in Nanjing. We were absorbed in gossip from the homeland in a room of a company that faces the avenue in this picture postcard. Please be at ease since we are both doing extremely well. There is no excuse for my not writing recently.

Masayoshi Matsui

I am so glad about the unexpected meeting with Older Brother. After Ishimon [1], Older Brother was ready to be here and truly has been able to get along pleasantly.

Now I will be treated to a meal by Older Brother and the office head here.

Osamu Mōri


Letter translated by Bill Gordon
May 2018

The letter and other information on this page come from Naemura (1993, 153-4, 474).

Note

1. The significance of this name is not clear.

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.