I LED THE ATTACK ON
By CAPTAIN MITSUO FUCHIDA
(Of the Japanese Air Force)
I am Mitsuo
Fuchida. As chief commander of the
whole air squadron, I led the attack on
On that morning, seating myself in the first plane,
I led the squadron of 360 planes into
My heart blazed with joy over success in getting the main force of American Pacific Fleet in hand, and I put my whole effort into the war that followed.
Why were we aviators filled with such strong hatred
During these four years, I faced death several times, including six crashes into the sea, but was saved to see the war’s termination.
After the war I retired and took myself to farming, but it was indeed a path of thorns for me. During these years, I came to realise the unreliability of other men. I adopted the philosophy that one’s own ability was all upon which a man could rely. I worked diligently in silence, giving a cold glance to the world affairs.
The new career which I started from nothing, as it were, was so insignificant and slow as to resemble an ant’s progress. Nevertheless, as time passed I built my house and digged a well; but my life seemed nothing other than a re-enactment of the story of Robinson Crusoe.
I was, however, living in closer relation to the earth, through contact with plants, cattle and nature. My mind was gradually led to think of the presence of God, the Creator of all these things. I found myself giving up the idea that a man is complete in himself. I had never been an atheist. But I was brought up in circumstances where little or no religious atmosphere existed. Consequently, I reached manhood without any religion. This was my condition when I enlisted in the Japanese Navy. Thence forth I held the former “War Catechism” as my only faith.
With the termination of war, the national aspect was
But my militarily specialised mind saw in prevailing
world conditions a possible danger of another war and a second
In the midst of these thoughts, one day in
“This is it!” I was strongly convinced. I concluded that the true realisation of “No More Peril Harbour” was nothing other than to expect Christ’s Second Coming and to try to prepare men from all over the world for the event. As an approach towards this, I was convinced that I should first of all become a good Christian. Thus, I contacted Pocket Testament League representatives who showed me from the Bible how to accept Christ as my Saviour. I then opened my heart and accepted Him on April 14, 1950.
Today is just one month since I was saved. Naturally, I am still in the early stage of
Christian growth, but feel great joy in my daily Bible reading. My heart is filled with peace as I kneel down
to pray. Moreover I think I can say
today without hesitation that the God of
Mercy blessed and guided me even before I became a Christian. God has revealed to me the way of salvation
through the atoning blood of
- The Indian Christian.