Academic journal article Naval War College Review

In My View

Academic journal article Naval War College Review

In My View

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NEARLY VERTICAL?

Sir:

While Lieutenant Commander Maksim Y. Tokarev's article "Kamikazes: The Soviet Legacy" (Naval War College Review, Winter 2014) was extremely infor- mative regarding the history and theory behind Soviet anti-carrier doctrine, his analysis of Japanese kamikaze tactics appears flawed with regard to his comments about dive bombing. While kamikaze pilots may have made near-vertical dives at times, such maneuvers were counter to Japanese doctrine as described by Rikihei Inoguchi in his book The Divine Wind: Japans Kamikaze Force in World War II (Naval Institute Press, 1958, paperback 1994). As stated by Inoguchi,

In a high-altitude approach, caution must be taken to insure that the final dive angle is not too steep. In a long steep dive, as the force of gravity increases, a plane is more difficult to pilot and may go out of control. It is essential, therefore, to make the dive as shallow as possible, taking careful note of wind direction and the movement of the target. …

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