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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 [1], 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 effectively.

Letter translated by Bill Gordon
April 2018

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.

Sources Cited

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: Kōjinsha.

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