At 0344 on March 27, 1945, Flight Chief Petty Officer Teruo Fukushima took
off from Miyazaki Air Base as observer in a Ginga bomber (Allied code
name of Frances) loaded with a 800-kg bomb and died in a special (suicide) attack off Okinawa at the age of
20. He was
a member of the Kamikaze Special Attack Corps 1st Ginga Squadron from the 762nd
Naval Air Group . He was from
Tōkyō Prefecture and was a
member of the 10th Kō Class of the Navy's Yokaren (Preparatory Flight Training
Dear Parents, Brother, and Sister,
Thank you for what you have done for me for a long time.
I am in extremely high spirits and am working hard at my daily military
duties. To my Parents first and to everyone, I trust that you are in even
higher spirits and are striving as much as you can.
Probably the supply of goods is critical. I always have been thinking about this, but I have not been able to do
Please forgive me. The goods that are here may be the ones that I leave
behind for you. Before anything I will send them. As for the characters that
I have written now, since it is 1 o'clock at night, I cannot see anything in
the lodging to make a package.
Please have a hearty laugh. In this album there are various things. I
received in good condition the photos that you took. Finally I have been
able to obtain a place to die as a man. Please be glad for my good fortune.
Riding our aircraft as crewmen, for me not yet 20 years old, it is a life
where even though there is a today there is no tomorrow. There may not be
any good words for it, but I truly am happy.
Parents, please wait. The persons at my lodging are very good people.
They treat me with love as you my Father and Mother.
There is not greater happiness than this.
Wherever I go, I am treated with kindness. Whether at Tokushima or Kōchi,
I am satisfied.
Please do not be worried, and wait for me.
Teruo of now is different than Teruo from before.
Tsugio and Hatsue, be in high spirits, and you must work hard at your
studies. I will be waiting for you at Yasukuni Shrine .
Today I wrote this at 1:30.
Please forgive me that due to a sudden transfer I could not write the
The letter comes from Unabarakai Henshū Iinkai
(2006, 20-1). The biographical information in the first paragraph comes from
Osuo (2005, 234) and Unabarakai Henshū Iinkai