Naval History and Heritage Command

National Museum of the U.S. Navy

Okinawa Campaign:  Operation Ten-Go Kamikaze Attacks:  April 12-13, 1945

The second Japanese Kamikaze attack of Operation Ten-Go, April 12-13, 1945,  is notable in that USS Mannert L. Abele (DD-733) was the first ship to be sunk by a piloted bomb, a Baka bomb.  As with the prior attack, numerous U.S. Navy warships, troopships, and landing craft were damaged, along with collisions and friendly fire.   Notable ships damaged:  USS Cassin Young (DE-793), USS Idaho (BB-42), USS Lindsey (DM-32), USS Rall (DE-304), USS Tennessee (BB-43), and USS Zellars (DD-777).   Of note, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States and staunch U.S. Navy supporter, died on April 12, 1945.  

Image:  80-G-328600:  Operation Ten Go, April 12-13, 1945.   USS Tennessee (BB-43) and USS Zellars (DD-777) hit by kamikaze off Okinawa, April 12, 1945.   Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collection of the National Archives. 

The National Museum of the U.S. Navy has a memorial plaque from a Kamikaze hit on USS Rall (DE-304) from April 18, 1945, within the "In Harm's Way: Pacific" exhibit area.   To view the artifact, please click here.