Japanese Kamikaze Attacks on the US Navy

During World War Two, many Japanese Kamikaze pilots were killed trying to attack Allied ships. Even though only about 19% of such attacks were successful, the accuracy rate was still much greater than conventional weaponry. When Kamikaze pilots did hit their intended targets, the effect was more devastating than other attacks due to their greater payload, meaning nearly 8.5% of all ships hit by Kamikazes sank.

This film includes footage of American forces defending their ships and planes from attack by the Imperial Japanese Navy. By the end of the war, Kamikaze attackers sank 34 American Navy Ships and killed 4,900 sailors.

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