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208-MO-Box-113-Okinawa-2: Okinawa Campaign Yokosuka, MXY7 Ohka, 1945

208-MO-Box-113-Okinawa-2:  Okinawa Campaign Yokosuka, MXY7 Ohka, 1945.   U.S. Marines Examine Japanese Suicide Rocket Bomb on Okinawa.  U.S. Marines examine a “Baka Bomber”, Japanese suicide rocket bomb on Okinawa’s Yontan airfield, where several of the craft were abandoned by the enemy when U.S. Tenth Army forces captured the enemy airbase.  The rocket-propelled bomb is steered by a lone pilot who is carried to his death.  Equipped with wings, fins and tail assembly, the craft were named “Baka Bombs” by American Soldiers.  “Baka” means “fool” in Japanese.  A few of the bombs were launched in the Okinawa operation and met with little success.  U.S. Marine Corps Photograph, from the Office of War Information Collection, located at the National Archives.   (2018/05/09).
Caption: Okinawa Campaign Yokosuka, MXY7 Ohka, 1945. U.S. Marines Examine Japanese Suicide Rocket Bomb on Okinawa. U.S. Marines examine a “Baka Bomber”, Japanese suicide rocket bomb on Okinawa’s Yontan airfield, where several of the craft were abandoned by the enemy when U.S. Tenth Army forces captured the enemy airbase. The rocket-propelled bomb is steered by a lone pilot who is carried to his death. Equipped with wings, fins and tail assembly, the craft were named “Baka Bombs” by American Soldiers. “Baka” means “fool” in Japanese. A few of the bombs were launched in the Okinawa operation and met with little success. U.S. Marine Corps Photograph, from the Office of War Information Collection, located at the National Archives. (2018/05/09).
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