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Final Testament and Letter - written by captain Masaya Abe -

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At last the attack has come. I will succeed without fail.
Death and destruction to the enemy no matter what!
I will find life in the great eternal cause.
Death brings forth life, and death can be a joy.
The order is given. Now is the time. By offering this body to His Majesty, the Empire will surely flourish
forever.
You have been such a source of help to me. Thank you for all you have done for me, from the bottom of my
heart. I pray you will all continue to fight the good flight. No greater wish could there be for a boy than this.
I, Masaya, am a happy man.
Believing in certain victory
Long Live the Emperor!
Army Second Lieutenant
Masaya Abe
Eager to depart just before the attack
Mailed from the rest station at Shinko-cho, Shimonoseki-shi
From Masaya Abe


Information of the Item
Document Format
Final Testament and Letter
Quantity
2
Instrument
paper, pencil
Size(cm)
21×15
Date of Creation
1945
Notes
 
Information of the Writer
Name (Sex)
Masaya Abe (M)
Age
21
Birthplace
Koga City,
Fukuoka Pref.
School
Meiji Univ.
Date of Death
May 4, 1945
Rank (posthumous)
Captain
Sortie Base
Chiran
Aircraft Type/Model
Kawasaki Ki-45 (improved)
Unit Name
The 24th Shinbu-tai
Course
Special Flight Probationary Officer Class 1
Notes
Captain Abe took off from Chiran Base on April 29 1945, but on the way to the mission, he had to land on the water near Kuroshima Island. He returned to Chiran Base with the help of a young islander by a small rowboat, and took off again for Okinawa on May 4. When he flew over Kuroshima Island, he dropped the burn ointment for the tokkō pilot and candies for the islanders in reciprocation for their kindness.