Operation Ten-Go: April 12-13, 1945
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.