A Picture World War 2 Japanese Kamikaze Rocket Plane, the Baka Bomb.

Built in Japan, A captured Japanese Kamikaze rocket plane found on the island of Ie Shima near Okinawa in World War 2. This was the Baka Bomb used by the Japanese in WW2 to take out ships.  this Baka Bomb flew at about the speed of sound but entered the war too late to be used very often or at all.  Sometimes the Baka bomb is also spelled Baca Bomb from Japan in WW2.
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The Baka bomb would be dropped from a G4M2 Betty bomber within a forty mile radius of the target and the Kamikaze pilot would fly the Baka bomb to the target, usually a ship.  The Baka bomb used a rocket motor to propel the aircraft at nearly the speed of sound as it dived onto the ship.  To the best of my knowledge, the Baka bomb was designed too late and was never used in combat.
 
a Japanese Kamakazie Rocket Plane
Scanned by Frank and Denise Dauro

 A captured Kamikaze Rocket Plane, Baka Bomb, device the Japanese used.

If anyone knows anything about this aircraft, 
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    6-4-2011

Jeff,

The first "Baka Bomb" discovered by the United States was by MEIU-4 (Mobile Explosives Investigation Unit) of the US Navy. MEIU's in the Pacific were part of JICPOA (Joint Intelligence Center Pacific Ocean Area). If memory serves me correctly it was discovered at or near Yomitan airstrip on Okinawa; my father (Mel Black) was a member of the MEIU-4 team that discovered it. FYI: There is a good newsreel clip of the plane from 1945 showing the plane being rolled out as well as partial disassembly.

The man sitting in the cockpit is my father. The only digital copy of it I have located is owned by British Pathe. I do not know if it is available through the National Archives.

Jim Black

a Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka manned flying bomb - which, carried beneath a G4M "Betty" bomber to within range of its target, was given the nickname Baka (Idiot) by American forces - employed by Japan in the final months of World War II

8-20-2002
From Robin Mallon

You had a photo of a Japanese Kamikaze rocket plane and asked for info. 

The one   in the Japanese Kamikaze Rocket Plane photo is a Yokosuka MXY-7 model 22 serial number I-18 named the  "Ohka". Allies  referred to it as the "Baka Bomb" meaning foolish or silly bomb. The  Marines  have serial I-13 in their museum. The specs follow:  

                      Notes: Single seat suicide attack aircraft
                        Manufacturer: Yokosuka
                        Base model:MXY-7
                        Designation:MXY-7
                        Version: Model 22
                        Nickname: Okha 22
                        Basic role: Attack (Japan)
                        Crew: Pilot

                      Specifications
                        Length:22' 6"6.8 m
                        Height:3' 9"1.1 m
                        Wingspan:13' 6"4.1 m
                        Wingarea:43.0 sq ft4.0 sq m
                        Empty Weight:1,201 lb545 kg
                        Gross Weight:3,197 lb1,450 kg
                        Max Weight:4,718 lb2,139 kg

                      Propulsion   No. of Engines:1
                        Powerplant:Tsu-11 turbojet
                        Thrust (each):441 lb200 kg

                      Performance   Range:80 miles 129 km
                        Max Speed: 275 mph   444 km/h   240 kt

  Just a quick follow-u to my previous e-mail. The link is to a restored version of the Kamikaze rocket plane you were requesting info on.  Robin 

12-20-2008

Dear Jeff,

I read your page regarding the Baka bomb, and you state that "
To the best of my knowledge, the Baka bomb was designed too late and was never used in combat."

You'll find that the Baka bomb was used during the Okinawa campaign and struck three different U. S. radar picket ships.  One ship in particular, USS Mannert L. Abele (DD 733) was actually sunk by a Baka bomb strike, which broke the ship in half.

Wishing you continued success.

Bryan Fisher

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Replicating a Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka manned flying bomb - which, carried beneath a G4M "Betty" bomber to within range of its target, was given the nickname Baka (Idiot) by American forces - employed by Japan in the final months of World War II, this easy-to-assemble, 1/48 scale, metal and plastic kit (made by Marushin) features textured surfaces, a detailed cockpit with a glazed canopy, authentic markings, a display stand, and more. Measures 5" long with a 4¼" wingspan; assembly required.
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