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Last Writing of Corporal Toyoji Hashimasa

On June 3, 1945, Corporal Toyoji Hashimasa took off from Chiran Air Base and died in a special (suicide) attack west of Okinawa at the age of 20. He was a member of the 214th Shinbu Special Attack Squadron and piloted an Army Type 97 Fighter (Allied nickname of Nate). After his death in a special attack, he received a promotion to Second Lieutenant. He was from Ishikawa Prefecture and was a member of the 14th Class of the Niigata Pilot Training School.

He left the following final writing:

Fervently for the Emperor, fervently for the country, I will search for and sink an enemy ship and fight fiercely to drive away the long-standing enemy at the place of the furious decisive battle at Okinawa where the crisis of this divine country is continuing to a point never greater in its beautiful history in the world.

One plane! And one plane! They give a lift to the people's spirits with both shining wings on each one. Like cheers from 100 million [1], the engines thunderously roar and kick up dust that rises up from the ground that we will not set foot on again.

One plane! And one plane! As a humble shield for the Emperor, this is the long-awaited moment to fall as a flower. Feeling these deep emotions with wings of young determination, I wait to go directly to the southern skies yet to dawn carrying a bomb for a hissatsu (certain-death) attack at the place of the decisive battle. Fervently I go, I go!


Final writing translated by Bill Gordon
August 2018

The final writing comes from Chiran Tokkō Irei Kenshō Kai (2005, 142). The biographical information on this page come from Chiran Tokkō Irei Kenshō Kai (2005, 142, 180) and Osuo (2005, 206).

Note

1. The population of Japan at the time was considered to be 100 million, so this number refers to everyone in Japan.

Sources Cited

Chiran Tokkō Irei Kenshō Kai (Chiran Special Attack Memorial Society), ed. 2005. Konpaku no kiroku: Kyū rikugun tokubetsu kōgekitai chiran kichi (Record of departed spirits: Former Army Special Attack Corps Chiran Base). Revised edition, originally published in 2004. Chiran Town, Kagoshima Prefecture: Chiran Tokkō Irei Kenshō Kai.

Osuo, Kazuhiko. 2005. Tokubetsu kōgekitai no kiroku (rikugun hen) (Record of special attack corps (Army)). Tōkyō: Kōjinsha.