Cylinder head from Japanese Kamikaze aircraft

Catalogue number
  • EPH 4654
Department
Exhibits
Display status
IWM London
Materials
  • whole: metal
Dimensions
  • whole: L: Diam:
Alternative names
  • full name: Cylinder head from Japanese Kamikaze aircraft
  • simple name: relic : Japanese
Category
Vehicles, aircraft and ships

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This cylinder head, along with a Japanese pilot's aircraft dinghy, was picked up from the flight deck of HMS Illustrious after a kamikaze attack on 6 April 1945. The ship was operating with the British Pacific Fleet attacking Sakishima and Formosa, in support of the American landings on Okinawa in April 1945, when look-outs sighted the enemy aircraft emerging out of cloud about 3000ft above the ship, to begin its dive on the target. The first burst from one of Illustrious' Bofors chipped pieces off the tail. With the aircraft only 500ft from the ship, the gunners sheared off one of the wings and the aircraft fell apart. The fuselage hit the water a few feet from the carrier. Later the pilot's body, parts of the aircraft, including this cylinder head, and the dinghy, were recovered from the flight deck.

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cylinder head Cylinder head from Japanese kamikaze aircraft, recovered from the deck of HMS Illustrious.

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