Fusata Iida
Historical Figure
Nationality: Japan
Date of Birth: Early 20th century
Date of Death: 1941
Cause of Death: Plane crash
Occupation: Fighter pilot
Military Branch: Imperial Japanese Navy
(World War II)
Turtledove Appearances:
Days of Infamy
POD: March, 1941;
Relevant POD: December 7, 1941
Appearance(s): Days of Infamy
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
Cause of Death: Plane crash (WWII)
Fusata Iida (d. 7 December 1941) was a Japanese fighter-pilot. During the attack on Pearl Harbor, Iida's plane was hit. He attempted to crash his wounded plane into a hangar, but failed. Nonetheless, Iida is seen as an early example of Japanese kamikaze tactics.

Fusata Iida in Days of Infamy Edit

Saburo Shindo revered Fusata Iida's efforts to hurt the enemy even in the face of death on 7 December 1941.[1] Iida probably provided a model for Shindo's own death in 1943.


  1. Days of Infamy, pg. 41.