Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka
Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka (Baka Bombs)
The Japanese were at a crossroads with the continued success of the Allies, which called for desperate acts to survive. During the Okinawa Campaign, the Japanese utilized the Yokosuka MXY-7 Okha "Baka Bomb" against U.S. Navy warships. USS West Virginia (BB-48) is believed to be the first ship damaged by a Baka Bomb on April 1. USS Mannert L. Able (DD-733) was the first ship to be sunk by the weapon on April 12. Other ships damaged by these weapons during Operation Ten-Go were: USS Gayety (AM-239), USS Hugy W. Hadley (DD-744), and USS Shea (DD-750). Usually carried and transported by a Japanese Mitsubishi G4M2 "Betty" aircraft, the "glider weapon" would be released when close enough to its target, then aimed to subsequently destroy it.
Image: 208-MO-Box-113-Okinawa 2: U.S. Marines Examine Japanese Suicide Rocket Bomb on Okinawa. Official Office of War Information Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.