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Massacre of U.S. Pilots
Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 10:57 am
Many years ago I came across a story that several U.S. pilots were murdered while sleeping in their bunks on a Pacific Island U.S. Air Base by Japanese hold-overs who were hiding in the jungle near the base. Can someone give me the details about this incident? Where did it happen? Who were the pilots and what unit did they belong to? When exactly did it happen? Any help on this subject is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 6:27 pm
I read somewhere that in last days of Battle of Iwo Jima-a Banzai attack was launched on a US camp at night.
Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 5:07 pm
Iwo Jima, near end of battle.
Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 2:02 pm
As a follow up. The ambush by the Japanese happened on March 26th, 1945 around 0500 and was conducted by some 250 infiltrators. They hit the western side of airfield #2 being guarded by the 5th Pioneer Battalion. Many of those Marines, however, didn't have ammo for their rifles since they turned them in for prepartion to depart the island the next day. A stupid blunder. Many US airmen and Marines were slaughtered in their sleep. 56 US airmen and Marines died and 116 wounded. 265 Japanese were counted dead the next day, finished off by flamethrower tanks. It was reported that Gen. Kuribayashi participated in that attack but his body was never identified or found.
Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 2:05 pm
I think the Airforce component involved in the attack were mainly support personnel of the 7th Airwing Command but need to review my material (packed away) to be sure. All were sleeping in tents that fateful morning....