I will die in a special attack:
Yokaren writings (1973)
Last Letter of Masaichi Nakamura to His Parents
According to Orihara
(1973, 324), on April 29, 1945, Masaichi Nakamura died in a special (suicide) attack off Okinawa at the age of 19. He was
a member of the Kamikaze Special Attack Corps 5th Shōwa Squadron from Yatabe
Naval Air Group in Ibaraki Prefecture. He was from Ōsaka Prefecture and was a
member of the 18th Otsu Class of the Navy's Yokaren (Preparatory Flight Training
Program). However, Osuo (2005) and Tokkōtai Senbotsusha (1990) do not list
Nakamura as a pilot in the Kamikaze Special Attack Corps 5th Shōwa Squadron or
any other Shōwa Squadron, so it could not be confirmed that he died in a special
attack. A plaque at Yatabe
Naval Air Group Pilot Statue and Guard Gate at Entsūji Temple in Tokamachi
City, Niigata Prefecture, lists all members of the seven Shōwa Squadrons, but
the name of Masaichi Nakamura is not included.
He wrote the following final letter:
Dear Father and Mother,
Thank you for many things for a long time. Despite being young, I go to
the place of decisive battle on behalf of the Empire, and I will destroy the
enemy completely. I have obtained a place to die for the Emperor and
country, and there is no greater honor.
Please forgive me for not being able to show any gratitude.
Please raise my younger sisters Taeko and Chizuko and my younger brother
Takeo to be fine persons. This is my final request.
Finally, I pray for the health of Father and everyone. I bid you
Letter translated by Bill Gordon
The letter and biographical information come from Orihara (1973, 324).
Orihara, Noboru, comp. 1973. Ware tokkō ni shisu: Yokaren no
ikō (I will die in a special attack: Yokaren (Preparatory Flight
Training Program) writings). Tōkyō: Keizai Ōraisha.
Osuo, Kazuhiko. 2005. Tokubetsu kōgekitai no kiroku (kaigun
hen) (Record of special attack corps (Navy)). Tōkyō: Kōjinsha.
Tokkōtai Senbotsusha Irei
Heiwa Kinen Kyōkai (Tokkōtai Commemoration Peace Memorial Association). 1990.
Tokubetsu Kōgekitai (Special Attack Corps). Tōkyō: Tokkōtai Senbotsusha
Irei Heiwa Kinen Kyōkai.