Inside the underground communications room, the radio man refused to turn his sets off, listening in vain for some final word from Nonaka. Outside, as searchlights swept the still dark sky, Nonaka’s HI-RI-HO-KEN-TEN banner fluttered quietly in the night breeze.
From Thunder Gods: The Kamikaze Pilots Tell Their Story by Hatsuho Naito, translated by Mayumi Ichikawa; published by Kodansha International, Ltd., copyright 1989. Printed by permission. All right reserved.