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  •  The static positioning of in-shore ships would (8+ / 0-)

    have certainly made the attacker's job easier, I would think.

    OTOH, there has never been as perfect an aiming guidance system -- so a freely moving target was not home free, either.

    The films of the American fleets attempting to disintegrate the kamikazes with flak are astonishing...

    •  At Okinawa kamikazes had to fly over open water (10+ / 0-)

      for about 350 miles, allowing US radar a much better chance to pick them up and vector fighters toward them. Planes taking off from airfields on Kyushu could have taken advantage of the mountainous terrain to conceal themselves, and as noted, the shorter flight distance would have made radar detection difficult.

      Then you add the fact that a lot of the planes which would have been used as kamikazes were trainers made largely of wood. Wood doesn't show up as well on radar, and also doesn't trigger the VT proximity fuses on US 5" shells.

      Navy lost 5,000 killed off Okinawa.  God alone knows how many they'd have lost off Japan.  And naval losses would have been trivial next to those among the land forces, and they in turn would have been trivial next to Japanese civilian casualties.

    •  My father was deaf in one ear (6+ / 0-)
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      Because he was standing next to a 3" AA gun when a kamikaze was sighted, and they did not wait for him to get clear before opening fire.

      I'm on a mission! http://www.dailykos.com/comments/1233352/51142428#c520 Testing the new site rules.

      by blue aardvark on Wed Nov 20, 2013 at 04:34:48 PM PST

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