Japanese special attack Zero fighter crashing into USS Missouri, off Okinawa, Japan, 11 April 1945

Caption   Japanese special attack Zero fighter crashing into USS Missouri, off Okinawa, Japan, 11 April 1945 ww2dbase
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Identification Code   NH 62696
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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
30 May 2010 04:50:01 PM

A kamikaze closing in on the Battleship U.S.S. Missouri. The fighter would richochet off the ship, causing minor damage. The fighter flew in so low, that the guns could not train on it,but the wingtip of the Zero made contact and deflected the plane away into the sea. If anyone has more information, let me know or enter it into the database.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
30 May 2010 04:57:47 PM

A kamikaze closing in on the Battleship U.S.S. Missouri. The fighter would richochet off the ship, causing minor damage. The fighter flew in so low, you can see the wingtip is about to contact the hull,and the guns could not train on it, the wingtip of the Zero hit and was deflected away into the sea. If anyone has more information, let me know or enter it into the database.
3. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
7 Dec 2010 06:56:51 PM

Kamikaze attack against the USS Missouri, on April 11, 1945, the Zero exploded against the hull, and the 250 kilogram/500 lb bomb failed to detonate. When the Zero crashed the fuel created a fireball and parts of the Zero and remains of the pilot were scattered on the deck. After the attack the remains of the pilot were buried at sea, with Military honors. "War is a dirty filthy rotten business, a rotten business". Bill
4. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
3 Jul 2011 08:37:32 PM

The damage by the kamikaze attack is still visible today. Visitors that tour the USS Missouri, today at Pearl Harbor can still see the dents in the side of the hull, the scorched deck planking, were the zero impacted the ship. FALLEN WARRIOR: A plaque describes the attack on that day, April 11,1945. The pilot of the zero was 19 year old Setsuo Ishino, who was later buried at sea with full Military Honors.
5. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
28 Jan 2012 08:34:17 PM

WHO CRASHED INTO THE USS MISSOURI: Could it have been either Petty Officer 2nd Class Kenkichi Ishii or Petty Officer 2nd Class Setsuo Ishino. The pilots were part of a flight of Sixteen Zero fighters flying from Oklinawa, part of the Kamikaze Special Attack Corps. It have been one of the pilots listed above, that crashed into the USS Missouri. Ishino radioed at 2:39pm, that he spotted the U.S. Fleet, and the Missouri was hit by a Kamikaze aircraft at 2:43pm, this would indicate that Ishino hit the Battleship, but at 2:47pm another Zero was shotdown in the same area, is it possible or with certainty that Ishino hit the ship. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE ATTACKING ZEROS: Some of the Zeros didn't reach the Island of Kikaijima, one Zero crashed into the Destroyer U.S.S. Kidd with 38 men killed and 55 wounded, other planes made attacks against the U.S. Fleet, both Ishii and Ishino were flying together, so once again, its possible one of them made the attack against the Battleship. However, Ishii never sent a radio message, he could have had radio failure, other pilots never sent any radio messages at all.

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