Last Letter of Sergeant Yoshirō Munakata to His Parents
On April 7, 1945, Sergeant Yoshirō Munakata took off from Bansei Air Base as
a member of the 75th Shinbu Special Attack Squadron and died in a special
(suicide) attack at the age of 21. He piloted a Type 99 Assault Plane (Allied
code name of Sonia). After his death in a special attack, he received a special
three-rank promotion to Second Lieutenant. He was from Nagasaki Prefecture and
was a member of the 9th Class of the Yonago Pilot Training School.
He wrote the following short final letter:
You have taken care of me for a long time.
Please forgive my lack of filial piety.
A cherry blossom will fall.
Evening before sortie
Written at southernmost tip of Kyūshū
Postscript - Please give my regards to the people in the village and to
Letter translated by Bill Gordon
The letter and biographical information on this page come from Naemura (1993,
Naemura, Hichirō. 1993. Rikugun saigo no tokkō kichi: Bansei tokkōtaiin no isho to isatsu (Army's last special attack base: Last
letters and photographs of Bansei special attack corps members). Ōsaka: Tōhō