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A Japanese special attack aircraft exploding on the deck of USS Hancock off Okinawa, Japan, 7 Apr 1945A mushroom cloud hanging above battleship Yamato
A Japanese special attack aircraft exploding on the deck of USS Hancock off Okinawa, Japan, 7 Apr 1945A mushroom cloud hanging above battleship Yamato's exploding hull, 7 Apr 1945
Battleship Yamato under aerial attack in the East China Sea, 7 Apr 1945Crewmen of USS Hancock assessing the damage caused by Japanese special attack aircraft, off Okinawa, Japan, 7 Apr 1945
Battleship Yamato under aerial attack in the East China Sea, 7 Apr 1945Crewmen of USS Hancock assessing the damage caused by Japanese special attack aircraft, off Okinawa, Japan, 7 Apr 1945
Cruiser Yahagi under attack, 7 Apr 1945Damaged USS Hancock hiding in smoke, off Okinawa, Japan, 7 Apr 1945
Cruiser Yahagi under attack, 7 Apr 1945Damaged USS Hancock hiding in smoke, off Okinawa, Japan, 7 Apr 1945
Explosion aboard the Yamato as she was sunk on 7 Apr 1945Japanese Prime Minister Kantaro Suzuki with members of his cabinet on his inaugural day of administration, Tokyo, Japan, 7 Apr 1945
Explosion aboard the Yamato as she was sunk on 7 Apr 1945Japanese Prime Minister Kantaro Suzuki with members of his cabinet on his inaugural day of administration, Tokyo, Japan, 7 Apr 1945
Louisville off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, United States, 7 Apr 1945Polish destroyer Garland underway, 7 Apr 1945
Louisville off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, United States, 7 Apr 1945Polish destroyer Garland underway, 7 Apr 1945
USS Hancock burning after being struck by a kamikaze special attack aircraft off Okinawa, 7 Apr 1945. Note fires burning fore and aft, and TBM Avenger flying over the carrier. Photographed from USS Pasadena.USS Hancock burning after being struck by special attack aircraft, off Okinawa, Japan, 7 Apr 1945; note USS Essex
USS Hancock burning after being struck by a kamikaze special attack aircraft off Okinawa, 7 Apr 1945. Note fires burning fore and aft, and TBM Avenger flying over the carrier. Photographed from USS Pasadena.USS Hancock burning after being struck by special attack aircraft, off Okinawa, Japan, 7 Apr 1945; note USS Essex's flight deck in foreground
USS Hancock maneuvering to control fires after being hit by a Japanese special attack aircraft off Okinawa, Japan, 7 Apr 1945Yahagi, moments before she was sunk, 7 April 1945
USS Hancock maneuvering to control fires after being hit by a Japanese special attack aircraft off Okinawa, Japan, 7 Apr 1945Yahagi, moments before she was sunk, 7 April 1945
Yamato and a destroyer in action, 7 Apr 1945Yamato being attacked in the East China Sea, 7 Apr 1945. Note the Agano-class cruiser Yahagi in the upper left distance.
Yamato and a destroyer in action, 7 Apr 1945Yamato being attacked in the East China Sea, 7 Apr 1945. Note the Agano-class cruiser Yahagi in the upper left distance.
Yamato exploded, 7 Apr 1945Yamato listing but still underway, 7 Apr 1945
Yamato exploded, 7 Apr 1945Yamato listing but still underway, 7 Apr 1945
Yamato maneuvering, 7 Apr 1945Yamato with a destroyer, listing heavy to port, 7 Apr 1945
Yamato maneuvering, 7 Apr 1945Yamato with a destroyer, listing heavy to port, 7 Apr 1945


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