Thursday, July 17, 2014

Kamikaze Pilot Statue in the Philippines?

Considered to be the first Kamikare Pilot (the official world's first living bomb), Lt. Yukio Seki has a statue here in the Philippines. It is located in Mabalacat, Pampanga. Daniel Dizon, a local historian and artist, is responsible for the erection of the kamikaze statue. 

It was said that the Kamikaze were trained on Mabalacat, Pampanga. Vice Admiral Takijiro Ohnishi formed the first special attack unit using Zero fighters carrying a 250-kg bomb. He named it the Shinpu (often read as Kamikaze) Special Attack Corps, which consisted of 24 pilots divided into four squadrons.

On October 25, 1944, the Shikishima Squadron led by Lieutenant Yukio Seki took off from Mabalacat Airfield and successfully carried out Japan's first official aerial suicide attack, which sank the escort carrier St. Lo (CVE-63) and damaged several other American warships. 

Picture from Kamikaze Image

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