Naval History and Heritage Command

National Museum of the U.S. Navy

Okinawa Campaign:  Operation Ten-Go:  Kamikaze Attacks:  April 15-16, 1945

The third Japanese Kamikaze attack of Operation Ten-Go, April 15-16, 1945, is notable for the sinking of USS Pringle (DD-477).  Along with the suicide planes, the Japanese attacked with assault demolition boats.   As with the prior attacks, numerous U.S. Navy warships, troopships, and landing craft were damaged, along with collisions and friendly fire.  Notable ships damaged:  USS Bowers (DE-637), USS Bryant (DD-665), USS Harding (DMS-28), USS Hobson (DMS-26), USS Intrepid (CV-11), USS Laffey (DD-724), USS Missouri (BB-63), USS Taluga (AO-62), and USS Wilson (DD-408).   For Laffey, the crew fought heroically to save the destroyer as the attack was so intense.  Though the ship survived the four bombs and five kamikaze hits of the probable 50 enemy aircraft that attacked it, thirty-one of her crew were killed with 71 wounded.   

Image:   80-G-328511:  Operation Ten-Go, USS Intrepid (CV-11), April 15-16, 1945.   Smoke to left is where Japanese suicide plane was shot down.  Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

The National Museum of the U.S. Navy has an engine fragment of one of the Kamikazes that attacked USS Harding on April 16, 1945, on display within the "In Harm's Way: Pacific" exhibit area.  To view the artifact, please click here.