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Monday, 15 May 2006


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A difference for what ever you think it is worth.

The suicide bomber and Kamikaze pilots die when they deliver the weapons. The torpedo bomber pilots, while the odds of survival were low, did they not ride the torpedo to the target.

Squadron Eight (which lost 29 out of 30 crewman) was launched without enough fuel to make it back to the carrier but hopefully enough to where air/sea rescue could find them. The other two squadrons could theoretically have returned to their carriers burning there last drop of fuel on touch down, but more likely to be picked up be air/sea rescue.

While they knew the odds of successfully returning approached zero, this seems to me to be different than being told crash into the enemy. Which does not diminish their bravery the least.

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