12 Mar 1944

Japan
  • American Submarine USS Flying Fish (Lieutenant Commander Robert Dunlap Risser) torpedoed and sank the 1,942-ton Japanese merchant cargo ship Taijin Maru off Daito Jima, Okinawa, Japan, hitting her with both of the two torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Flying Fish | Daito Jima, Okinawa | CPC, HM]
10 Jul 1944

Japan
  • Yamato arrived at Okinawa, Japan then departed for Lingga, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Yamato | Okinawa | CPC]
9 Oct 1944

Japan
  • USS Sterlet sank a Japanese fishing boat off the eastern coast of Okinawa, Japan with her deck gun. ww2dbase [Sterlet | Okinawa | CPC]
10 Oct 1944

Japan Photo(s) dated 10 Oct 1944
Strike photo taken from planes flying from USS Bunker Hill of Japanese Destroyer Escorts at anchor in Unten Harbor, Okinawa, Japan, 10 Oct 1944Strike photo taken from planes flying from USS Bunker Hill of Japanese Destroyer Escorts after being attacked in Unten Harbor, Okinawa, Japan, 10 Oct 1944Strike photo taken from planes from USS Bunker Hill of an F6F Hellcat flying over a burning Japanese ship in Unten Harbor, Okinawa, Japan, 10 Oct 1944
21 Oct 1944

Japan
  • USS Sterlet attacked a Japanese cargo ship off the southwestern coast of Amami Oshima, Japan; all three torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Sterlet | Okinawa | CPC]
4 Dec 1944

Japan
  • USS Whale arrived in the Ryukyu Islands, Japan. ww2dbase [Whale | Okinawa | CPC]
21 Dec 1944

Japan
  • USS Whale attacked a Japanese trawler in the Ryukyu Islands, Japan; all 4 torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Whale | Okinawa | CPC]
22 Dec 1944

Japan
  • USS Whale attacked a Japanese trawler in the Ryukyu Islands, Japan; all 3 torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Whale | Okinawa | CPC]
23 Dec 1944

Japan
  • USS Whale sank four Japanese fishing trawlers with her deck gun off Nakano Shima in the Ryukyu Islands, Japan. ww2dbase [Whale | Okinawa | CPC]
22 Jan 1945

Japan
25 Feb 1945

Japan
  • Minoru Ota was made the commanding officer of Okinawa Area Auxiliary Base Force. ww2dbase [Minoru Ota | Okinawa | CPC]
13 Mar 1945

Japan
  • USS Tunny conducted a special reconnaissance mission off the Ryukyu Islands in preparation of the invasion of Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Tunny | Okinawa | CPC]
23 Mar 1945

Japan
24 Mar 1945

Japan
25 Mar 1945

Japan
  • USS Sargent Bay arrived in Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Sargent Bay | Okinawa | CPC]
  • Aircraft from US Task Force 58 sank the Japanese merchant cargo ships Okinoyama Maru No. 5 and Chokai Maru near Naha, Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Naha, Okinawa | HM]
26 Mar 1945

Japan
  • The Fletcher-class destroyer USS Halligan was fatally damaged by a mine off Okinawa, Japan. The abandoned hulk drifted aground on Tokashiki Island where she was finished off by Japanese shore batteries on the following day. ww2dbase [Tokashiki, Okinawa | AC]
  • USS Marcus Island arrived in the Kerama Islands southwest of Okinawa, Japan and would remain in the Okinawa area for the next month in support of the invasion. ww2dbase [Marcus Island | Okinawa | CPC]
  • USS New Mexico shelled Japanese positions on Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Okinawa Campaign | New Mexico | Okinawa | CPC]
  • USS Portland commenced destructive bombardment of Okinawa from the west, all in advance of the landings to take place one week later. Portland would continue this assignment for nearly a month. ww2dbase [Okinawa Campaign | Portland | Okinawa | DS]
28 Mar 1945

Japan
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) departed the Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands area for Japanese waters and additional strikes on the home islands. ww2dbase [Yorktown (Essex-class) | Okinawa | DS]
29 Mar 1945

Japan
  • Japanese Navy Shinyo special attack boats launched an attack at Okinawa, Japan to no effect. ww2dbase [Shinyo-class | Okinawa | CPC]
30 Mar 1945

Japan
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) pounded Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands and its surrounding islets in softening-up strikes. ww2dbase [Okinawa Campaign | Yorktown (Essex-class) | Okinawa | DS]
  • British warships including the battleship HMS King George V, under the command of Vice Admiral Sir Bernard Rawlings, and a carrier force led by HMS Illustrious, commanded by Rear Admiral Sir Philip Vian, participated in an attack on the Sakashima Islands, 180 miles south-west of Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Okinawa Campaign | King George V | Sakashima, Okinawa | AC]
31 Mar 1945

Japan
1 Apr 1945

Japan
  • USS Luce patrolled waters off Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Luce | Okinawa | CPC]
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) began several days of direct support missions for the troops landing on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands. About every three days, USS Yorktown (Essex-class) retired east for refueling, rearming, and re-provisioning. ww2dbase [Okinawa Campaign | Yorktown (Essex-class) | Okinawa | DS]
Photo(s) dated 1 Apr 1945
Men of the US 10th Army landing on Okinawa, Japan, 1 Apr 1945US Marines landing on Okinawa, Japan, 1 Apr 1945US Marines moving across Yontan Airfield, Yomitan, Okinawa, Japan, 1 Apr 1945
2 Apr 1945

Japan
  • Landing ship No. 145 was sunk by US Navy aircraft at Amami Oshima, Satsunan Islands, Amami Archipelago in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | Amami Oshima, Okinawa | CPC]
3 Apr 1945

Japan
  • USS Ancon was ordered to move further away from Okinawa, Japan due to dangers from Japanese aircraft. ww2dbase [Okinawa Campaign | Ancon | Okinawa | CPC]
5 Apr 1945

Japan
  • USS Marcus Island disembarked US Navy squadron VC-87 and embarked squadron VCO-1 while operating off Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Marcus Island | Okinawa | CPC]
7 Apr 1945

Japan
  • USS Sargent Bay departed Okinawa. ww2dbase [Sargent Bay | Okinawa | CPC]
  • When Yamato was discovered was steaming south, Air Group 9 from USS Yorktown (Essex-class) claimed several torpedo hits on Yamato herself just before the battleship exploded and sank. USS Yorktown (Essex-class)?s planes also had at least three 500-pound bombs hit light cruiser Yahagi before that ship also sank. Yorktown then resumed her strikes on Okinawa. ww2dbase [Okinawa Campaign | Yorktown (Essex-class) | Okinawa | DS]
9 Apr 1945

Japan
  • The Japanese Navy scored a notable success against the Americans when a large Shinyo Motor Boat packed with explosives charged out of Naha harbour, Okinawa, Japan to ram the USS Charles J. Badger putting the destroyer out of the war with both engines utterly unserviceable. A landing-craft was sunk on the same night and, from the fringes of the destroyer screen, came a report of swimmers armed with hand-grenades, although whether these were, in fact, Fukuryu ("Crawling Dragons") suicide-frogmen still remained uncertain. ww2dbase [Okinawa Campaign | Shinyo-class | Okinawa | AC]
10 Apr 1945

Photo(s) dated 10 Apr 1945
Captured MXY7 Ohka Model 11 aircraft I-18, Yontan Airfield, Okinawa, Japan, Apr 1945, photo 1 of 7Captured MXY7 Ohka Model 11 aircraft I-18, Yontan Airfield, Okinawa, Japan, Apr 1945, photo 7 of 7Captured MXY7 Ohka Model 11 aircraft I-18, Yontan Airfield, Okinawa, Japan, Apr 1945, photo 2 of 7Captured MXY7 Ohka Model 11 aircraft I-18, Yontan Airfield, Okinawa, Japan, Apr 1945, photo 3 of 7
See all photos dated 10 Apr 1945
11 Apr 1945

Japan
16 Apr 1945

Japan
  • A special attack aircraft dove at USS Missouri off Okinawa, Japan. Falling astern of the battleship, the attack caused only minor shock and fragment damage. ww2dbase [Missouri | Okinawa | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 16 Apr 1945
Map depicting the landings at Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan by men of US Army 77th Division, 16 Apr 1945US Army troops aboard LCVP landing craft sailing toward invasion beaches on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan, 16 Apr 1945
17 Apr 1945

Japan
  • USS New Mexico departed Okinawa, Japan waters. ww2dbase [New Mexico | Okinawa | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 17 Apr 1945
Cabbage booby-trapped by Japanese troops using a Type 97 grenade, Okinawa, Japan, Apr 1945
18 Apr 1945

Japan Photo(s) dated 18 Apr 1945
US Marine Private First Class Fred Muscard cleaning himself while his war dog Lux stood on guard, Okinawa, Japan, Apr 1945US Marine Corporal Harold Flagg and his war dog Boy posing with a Japanese flag, Okinawa, Japan, Apr 1945. Note the battle dressing on the dog
19 Apr 1945

Photo(s) dated 19 Apr 1945
US Marine Private Grady Hogue on a horse, Okinawa, Japan, Apr 1945
20 Apr 1945

Photo(s) dated 20 Apr 1945
Funeral service for Ernie Pyle, Okinawa, Japan, 20 Apr 1945
21 Apr 1945

Japan
  • USS New Mexico arrived off Okinawa, Japan waters. ww2dbase [New Mexico | Okinawa | CPC]
23 Apr 1945

Photo(s) dated 23 Apr 1945
CBS war correspondent Tim Leimert and USMC pilot 1st Lt Herbert Groff, Yontan Airfield, Okinawa, Japan, 23 Apr 1945
28 Apr 1945

Photo(s) dated 28 Apr 1945
Anti-aircraft tracers in the night sky above Yontan Airfield, Okinawa, Japan, 28 Apr 1945; note US Marine Corps Corsair fighters in foreground
29 Apr 1945

Japan
4 May 1945

Japan
  • USS Luce was attacked by two Japanese special attack aircraft off Okinawa, Japan. The first was shot down near the port side of the ship, and the blast of the explosion caused power failures throughout the ship. The second aircraft crashed into the aft portion of the destroyer, knocking out the port engine, jamming the rudder, and flooding engineering spaces. The commanding officer gave the order to abandon ship at 0814 hours. Of the 312 on board, 126 were killed in the attack and the sinking. ww2dbase [Okinawa Campaign | Luce | Okinawa | CPC, DS]
8 May 1945

Japan
9 May 1945

Photo(s) dated 9 May 1945
Royal Navy Avenger aircraft flying from HMS Indomitable in flight over Ishigaki Airfield, Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan, 9 May 1945
10 May 1945

Photo(s) dated 10 May 1945
US Marine Private First Class Paul E. Ison running through Japanese fire at
11 May 1945

Japan Photo(s) dated 11 May 1945
US Marine flamethrower and rifle squad attacking a Japanese position on Okinawa, Japan, 11 May 1945
12 May 1945

Japan
15 May 1945

Japan
  • USS Sargent Bay departed Okinawa, Japan and arrived at Guam for repairs. ww2dbase [Sargent Bay | Okinawa | CPC]
17 May 1945

Japan Photo(s) dated 17 May 1945
Men of US Marine Corps 6th Division entering Naha, Okinawa, 17 May 1945
20 May 1945

Photo(s) dated 20 May 1945
Men of US Marine Corps 6th Division at Naha, Okinawa, Japan, May 1945US Marine sniper, Naha, Okinawa, Japan, 1945US Marines surveying a suspected Japanese position, Shuri, Okinawa, Japan, May 1945
22 May 1945

Japan
  • Landing ship No. 173 was sunk by US aircraft in the Ryukyu Islands, Japan. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | Okinawa | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 22 May 1945
Lieutenant General Simon Buckner, Jr., Major General Lemuel Shepperd, and Brigadier General William Clement on Okinawa, Japan, 22 May 1945
23 May 1945

Japan
  • USS Sargent Bay completed repairs and arrived in Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Sargent Bay | Okinawa | CPC]
26 May 1945

Photo(s) dated 26 May 1945
Men of 1st Battalion of US 4th Marine Regiment setting up camp on
27 May 1945

Photo(s) dated 27 May 1945
Sherman tanks of US 6th Marine Division at Naha, Okinawa, Japan, 27 May 1945
28 May 1945

Japan Photo(s) dated 28 May 1945
US Marine Staff Sergeant A S. Barnacle shaving in his camp on Okinawa, Japan, ignoring the heavy flooding due to rain, 28 May 1945
29 May 1945

Photo(s) dated 29 May 1945
US Marine Lieutenant Colonel R. P. Ross, Jr. raising an US flag over Shuri castle on Okinawa, Japan, 29 May 1945, photo 2 of 2US Marine Lieutenant Colonel R. P. Ross, Jr. raising an US flag over Shuri castle on Okinawa, Japan, 29 May 1945, photo 1 of 2Men of US 6th Marine Division resting in Naha, Okinawa, Japan, 29 May 1945
1 Jun 1945

Photo(s) dated 1 Jun 1945
US Marine Private Bruce Rutherford cleaning his Thompson submachine gun while playing with puppies Nanci, Shoto, Sake, Zero, Banzai, and Okinawa on Okinawa, Japan, 1 Jun 1945
3 Jun 1945

Japan Photo(s) dated 3 Jun 1945
US Marine Corps 8th Regimental Combat Team landing on Iheya, Okinawa, Japan, 3 Jun 1945
4 Jun 1945

Japan
6 Jun 1945

Japan
7 Jun 1945

Japan
9 Jun 1945

Japan
10 Jun 1945

Japan
13 Jun 1945

Photo(s) dated 13 Jun 1945
A US Marine observing ruined buildings in Naha, Okinawa, Japan, 13 Jun 1945
17 Jun 1945

Japan
  • USS Portland departed the Okinawa area en route San Pedro Bay, Leyte, Philippines. ww2dbase [Portland | Okinawa | DS]
27 Jun 1945

Photo(s) dated 27 Jun 1945
US Marines and US Army soldiers celebrating the capture of Hill 89, Okinawa, Japan, 27 Jun 1945; the hill was captured by US Army 7th Inf Div on 21 Jun
5 Jul 1945

Photo(s) dated 5 Jul 1945
Remains of General Mitsuru Ushijima and Lieutenant General Isamu Cho, Okinawa, Japan, 5 Jul 1945
19 Jul 1945

Japan
  • Japanese special attack aircraft damaged destroyer USS Thatcher off Okinawa, Japan; another special attack aircraft narrowly missed destroyer USS Charles J. Badger. ww2dbase [Okinawa | CPC]
21 Jul 1945

Japan
28 Jul 1945

Photo(s) dated 28 Jul 1945
B-25J Mitchell bombers of the 41st Bomb Group armed with Mark XIII torpedoes prepare for take-off from Yonton Airfield, Okinawa bound for an attack on Japanese shipping at Sasebo, Japan, 28 Jul 1945.
6 Aug 1945

Japan
  • USS Portland arrived in Buckner Bay (Nakagusuku Wan), Okinawa, Japan where she remained for the rest of the war without firing another shot in anger. ww2dbase [Portland | Okinawa | DS]
8 Aug 1945

Japan
  • USS Cassin Young departed Okinawa, Japan for San Pedro, California, United States. ww2dbase [Cassin Young | Okinawa | CPC]
13 Aug 1945

Photo(s) dated 13 Aug 1945
Illustration a typical defense system on the face of Iegusugu Pinnacle, Okinawa, Japan; seen in CINCPAC-CINCPOA Weekly Intelligence, Vol 2, No 5, 13 Aug 1945
15 Aug 1945

Photo(s) dated 15 Aug 1945
US Marine Corporal John Dulin using a captured Japanese sword to cut a cake baked for victory celebration, Okinawa, Japan, Aug 1945
16 Aug 1945

Japan Photo(s) dated 16 Aug 1945
US Marines celebrating, Okinawa, Japan, Aug 1945
19 Aug 1945

Photo(s) dated 19 Aug 1945
Japanese delegation stopped at Ryukyu Islands en route to Manila for surrender, 19 Aug 1945, 01 of 10Japanese delegation stopped at Ryukyu Islands en route to Manila for surrender, 19 Aug 1945, 02 of 10Japanese delegation stopped at Ryukyu Islands en route to Manila for surrender, 19 Aug 1945, 04 of 10Japanese delegation stopped at Ryukyu Islands en route to Manila for surrender, 19 Aug 1945, 05 of 10
See all photos dated 19 Aug 1945
23 Aug 1945

Japan
25 Aug 1945

Japan
5 Sep 1945

Photo(s) dated 5 Sep 1945
Colonel Louis P. Ely reading surrender terms of Major General Toshio Taga, Okinawa, Japan, 5 Sep 1945
6 Sep 1945

Japan
7 Sep 1945

Photo(s) dated 7 Sep 1945
Lieutenant General Stilwell accepted Japanese surrender at US Tenth Army Headquarters, Okinawa, 7 Sep 1945. Note Japanese commander Lt General Toshiro Nomi at left in pith helmet.Lt General Toshiro Nomi (in pith helmet) at US 10th Army headquarters to formally surrender all Japanese forces in the Ryukyu Islands to US Lt General Joseph Stillwell, Yontan, Okinawa, Japan, 7 Sep 1945Lt General Toshiro Nomi signing the formal surrender all Japanese forces in the Ryukyu Islands to US Lt General Joseph Stillwell at US 10th Army headquarters, Yontan, Okinawa, Japan, 7 Sep 1945
9 Sep 1945

Japan
10 Sep 1945

Japan
  • USS New Mexico departed Nakagusuku Bay, Okinawa, Japan with several hundred servicemen onboard for transport back to the United States. ww2dbase [New Mexico | Okinawa | CPC]
28 Sep 1945

Japan
4 Oct 1945

Japan
5 Oct 1945

Japan
6 Oct 1945

Japan
15 Oct 1945

Japan
  • Joseph Stilwell stepped down as the commanding officer of 10th Army in Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | Okinawa | CPC]
6 Jan 1948

Japan
  • USS Sterlet arrived at Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Sterlet | Okinawa | CPC]
10 Jan 1948

Japan
  • USS Sterlet departed Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Sterlet | Okinawa | CPC]
16 Jun 1956

Japan
6 Mar 2013

Japan

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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