Did any of you in the UK see the Channel 4 documentary on the Kamikaze missions this evening? If not, worth finding it on any of the playback websites you can access these days (Go to Channel4.com, then to 4 on demand - I haven't tried this myself, but if it works then those of you not in the UK can presumably access it). Not a bad programme on the whole. Simplified of course, as a quick look at the Wikipedia article on Kamikaze confirmed. As TV docs often do, it focussed on a few incidents and personalities and so gave a skewed view. It made a lot of Vice-Admiral Ugaki (it refered to him as "Commander"), whereas in fact it seems he did not become involved until Spring '45; his Wikipedia article fills in some detail of his own final mission on August 15th 1945 (the TV doc just says he disappeared). The programme's strength was its focus on the human cost; the RN seaman from Formidable who still keeps four poppies in his room for his four mate who died; the young Japanese bride who never remarried. It debated the extent to which young men actually volunteered. And it made some interesting practical points, such as the fact that one-way missions were actually the only way the Japanese had of reaching the allied forces around Okinawa. The usual quibbles about aircraft types of course; some looked like Harvards, some were CGI; one or two may have been the preserved flying Zeros of which I think there are now three. The biggest cock-up was a shot of USN torpedo-bombers, which were clearly TBD Dauntlesses, which had been out of service since mid-42.