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Last Writings of Second Lieutenant Mitsuharu Gotō

On May 25, 1945, Second Lieutenant Mitsuharu Gotō took off from Bansei Air Base as the 66th Shinbu Special Attack Squadron Leader and died in a special (suicide) attack west of Okinawa at the age of 22. He piloted an Army Type 97 Fighter (Allied code name of Nate). After his death in a special attack, he received a promotion to Captain. He was from Mie Prefecture and graduated from the Imperial Japanese Army Air Academy in the 57th Class.

He left the following writings:

Day by day the criticality of the war situation is increasing.

The necessity of the country's converting to the highest level of all-out war is crucial.

I request that you be diligent.


I express my gratitude for your guidance when I was young.

I will go to make a taiatari (body-crashing) attack with supernatural powers through divine protection from spirits of heaven and earth.

Beginning of May
Shinbu Squadron Commander
Mitsuharu Gotō


The first battle will be the last.

Mitsuharu Gotō


I want to make a sortie with a perfect plane.

May 1
Mitsuharu Gotō

Writings translated by Bill Gordon
February 2019

The writings come from Takaoka (2009, 102). The biographical information in the first paragraph comes from Chiran Tokkō Irei Kenshō Kai (2005, 189), Osuo (2005, 200), and Takaoka (2009, 102).

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.

Takaoka, Osamu, ed. 2009. Chiran tokubetsu kōgekitai (Chiran special attack forces). Kagoshima City: Japlan.