Explosion aboard the Yamato as she was sunk on 7 Apr 1945

Caption   Explosion aboard the Yamato as she was sunk on 7 Apr 1945 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States National Archives
Identification Code   80-G-413914
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Photos on Same Day 7 Apr 1945
Photos at Same Place East China Sea, Pacific Ocean
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 7 Sep 2006

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1. Anonymous says:
7 Aug 2009 11:02:06 AM

I will always salute all sailors who gave their lives for their country.
2. Anonymous says:
27 Jul 2010 01:35:30 PM

This is her magazine going off, a tremedous explosion. I was said you could see the mushroom cloud 100 miles away.
3. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
23 Mar 2016 12:16:24 AM

Note the destroyer Suzutsuki steaming backwards due to a damaged bow just left of the center of the frame.
4. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
12 Jun 2016 06:31:56 PM


Explosion of the Yamato resulted in a mushroom cloud 6km / 3.7 miles high, and could be seen
from the Island of Kyuhu 160km away about 100 miles. Yamato took (7) torpedoes and (6) bomb hits, bombs could have been 1,000 pounders some sources list (2) additional torpedoes and bomb hits not confirmed.


The Cruiser Yahagi was lost along with the destroyers Asashimo, Hamakaze, Kasumi and Isokaze.
Yamato 2,496, Cruiser Yahagi 446 and 721 from the destroyers.
Destroyers Fuyuzuki, Suzutsuki, Yukikaze and Hatsushimo damaged.


386 attacking aircraft, losses were (12) aircraft (4) SB2C Dive Bombers, (3) TBM Torpedo Bombers and (3) F6F Hellcat Fighters along with (12) crewmen.

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