Photo shows Corporal Yukio Araki holding a puppy with four other young men of the 72nd Shinbu Corps around him. An Asahi Shimbun cameraman took this photo on the day before the departure of the 72nd Shinbu Corps from Bansei Air Base. Yukio Araki died at the age of 17 in a suicide attack on American ships near Okinawa on May 27, 1945.
Almost all Army kamikaze pilots during the Okinawan campaign were between 17 and 22.
Corporal Yukio Araki (with puppy) and other Imperial Japanese Army pilots pose for the camera. Araki would be killed the next day after flying his Ki-51 dive bomber into the American warship USS Braine during an organised “special attack” by Kamikaze units, killing 66 sailors. Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. 26th of May 1945.