Continuation • Ah, Cherry
Blossoms of Same Class (1995)
Last Letter of Ensign Einosuke Kurosaki to His Parents
At 0631 on May 14, 1945, Ensign Einosuke Kurosaki took off
from Kanoya Air Base as pilot in a Zero fighter carrying a 500-kg bomb and died in a special (suicide) attack
east of Tanegashima at the age of 23. He was a member of the Kamikaze Special
Attack Corps 6th Tsukuba Squadron.
He was from Fukuoka Prefecture , attended Keiō Gijuku University in Tōkyō to study
economics, and was a member of the 14th Class of the Navy's Flight Reserve
Students (Hikō Yobi Gakusei).
He wrote the following final letter:
Dear Father and Mother,
My current mental state is very relaxed and happy. I will make a sortie
with certain confidence.
I believe that I definitely will hit an enemy aircraft carrier.
My Parents, please take care of yourselves so you may fight bravely on
the home front.
During evening before departure for battle
Mother, I will send you the money that remains. Please use it
Letter translated by Bill Gordon
The letter comes from Kaigun Hikō Yobi Gakusei Dai 14 Ki Kai
(1995, 48). The biographical information in the first paragraph comes from
Kaigun Hikō Yobi Gakusei Dai 14 Ki Kai
(1995, 48) and Osuo (2005, 199).
1. Osuo (2005, 199) indicates that Kurosaki was from
Gunma Prefecture, but Kaigun Hikō Yobi Gakusei Dai 14 Ki Kai (1995, 48)
indicates that he was from Fukuoka Prefecture.
Kaigun Hikō Yobi Gakusei Dai 14 Ki Kai (Navy Flight
Reserve Students 14th Class Association), ed. 1995. Zoku
• Ā dōki no sakura (Continuation
• Ah, cherry blossoms of same class). Tōkyō:
Osuo, Kazuhiko. 2005. Tokubetsu kōgekitai no kiroku (kaigun
hen) (Record of special attack corps (Navy)). Tōkyō: Kōjinsha.