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Navy aviator Commander John Thachalready famous for developing effective aerial tactics against the Japanese such as the Thach Weavedeveloped a defensive strategy against kamikazes called the " big blue blanket " to establish Allied air supremacy well away from the carrier force.
How unbearable to die in the sky. Before the formation of kamikaze units, pilots had made deliberate crashes as a last resort when their planes had suffered severe damage and they did not want to risk being captured, or wanted to do as much damage to the enemy as possible, since they were crashing anyway.
Much like their Samurai predecessors, the Kamikaze resigned themselves to death, and were calm in the face of it.
In Januarythe U. He later said: "Japan's future is bleak if it is forced to kill one of its best pilots" and "I am not going on this mission for the Emperor or for the Empire Beloved people.
Suicide attacks by planes or boats at Okinawa sank or put out of action at least 30 U.
A final element included intensive fighter sweeps over Japanese airfields, and bombing of Japanese runways, using delayed-action bombs to make repairs more difficult.