Last letters of youth: Writings
of "Yokaren" war dead (1968)
Last Writing of Flight Petty Officer 1st Class Yukio Saitō
At 0505 on May 11, 1945, Flight Petty Officer 1st Class Yukio Saitō took off
from Kanoya Air Base as pilot in a Zero fighter carrying a 500-kg bomb
and died in a special (suicide) attack off Okinawa at the age of 18. He was a member
of the Kamikaze Special Attack Corps 6th Shinken Squadron from Ōmura Naval
Air Group. He was from Miyagi Prefecture and was a member of the 18th Otsu Class
of the Navy's Yokaren (Preparatory Flight Training Program).
Saitō left the following last writing:
I have no regrets. There only will be banzai cheers.
Mother, certainly please come to Yasukuni Shrine 
when the cherry trees are blooming.
Please enjoy good health always.
Letter translated by Bill Gordon
The letter comes from Mainichi Shinbunsha
(1968, 77-8). The biographical information in the first paragraph comes from
(1968, 77) and Osuo (2005, 166).
1. Yasukuni Shrine in Tōkyō is the place of
enshrinement for spirits of Japan's war dead.
Mainichi Shinbunsha, ed. 1968. Seishun on isho: "Yokaren"
senbotsusha no shuki (Last letters of youth: Writings of "Yokaren" war
dead). Tōkyō: Mainichi Shinbunsha.
Osuo, Kazuhiko. 2005. Tokubetsu kōgekitai no kiroku (kaigun
hen) (Record of special attack corps (Navy)). Tōkyō: Kōjinsha.