November 19 This Day During World War ll

November 19, 1944 – The first successful test of a rocket-powered Ohka aircraft was conducted, leading to the formal authorization of production The Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka (櫻花 Ōka?, “cherry blossom”; 桜花 in modern shinjitai orthography) was a purpose-built, rocket powered human-guided anti-shipping kamikaze attack plane employed by Japan towards the end of World War II. United States sailors gave the aircraft the nickname Baka (Japanese for “fool” or “idiot”). The MXY-7 Navy Suicide Attacker Ohka was a manned flying bomb that was usually carried underneath a Mitsubishi G4M2e “Betty” Model 24J bomber to within range of its target; on release, the pilot would first glide towards the target and when close enough he would fire the Ohka’s three solid-fuel rockets, one at a time or in unison, and fly the missile towards the ship that he intended to destroy. On November 19, 1944 the only powered test flight took place, with its success 800 Ohka Model 11orders were placed.

 

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