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Anti-aircraft tracers in the night sky above Yontan Airfield, Okinawa, Japan, 28 Apr 1945; note US Marine Corps Corsair fighters in foreground

Caption     Anti-aircraft tracers in the night sky above Yontan Airfield, Okinawa, Japan, 28 Apr 1945; note US Marine Corps Corsair fighters in foreground ww2dbase
Photographer    Unknown
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States National Archives
Identification Code   127-G-118775
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Photos on Same Day 28 Apr 1945
Photos at Same Place Yomitan, Okinawa, Japan
Added By C. Peter Chen

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1. Dave DeStefano says:
12 Sep 2012 06:47:53 AM

2. Jack Hoying says:
28 Apr 2015 05:16:48 PM

I've admired this photo for 50 years. It's in my father's copy of the 6th Marine Division's History book. Dad is 93 years old now and I was just looking through the book with him the other night.
His name is Vernon Hoying, 6th Marine Division, 22nd Marines, Company C.
3. Rod Rhoads says:
28 Apr 2015 09:37:25 PM

My dad was at that airfield with his fighter squadron VMF-312 when that pic was made. My dad was SSgt Wm.Odum, ground crew. Semper Fi
4. Rod Rhoads says:
30 Apr 2015 09:22:16 AM

As I recall. there was a *** giretsu or suicide attack at Yontan where a *** Betty bomber crashlanded on the runway and troops armed with handgrenades and explosives rushed out of the plane and started destroying Marine fighter planes. That tracer in picture may have been that occasion
5. Rod Rhoads says:
30 Apr 2015 09:28:25 AM

Oh, Lord-made a mistake re vmf-312-they were based at the newly retaken Kadena Field- not Yontan as they were with MAG 33. The reason Yontan sticks inmy mindisthat suicide attack my dad told me about many times.
6. Mike Lesko says:
11 Oct 2018 04:57:19 PM

My father took this picture ! I have the original.

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WW2-Era Place Name Yomitan, Okinawa, Japan
Lat/Long 26.3936, 127.7467
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